West Health Services

Mission Statement

Dedicated to excellence and service at Niles West High School. The Nurse's Office mission is to meet the health needs of the students, faculty and staff in a compassionate and culturally-sensitive manner.

Services

  • Keeping cumulative medical records of all students; reviewing all medical examination records for specials needs; and making necessary adjustments such as extra time between classes, rest time following surgery, severe illness or accident, preferential seating for vision or hearing loss, adaptations in the Physical Education program.
  • Interpreting special health needs of students to faculty members, and participating in conferences concerning students whenever appropriate.
  • Carrying out vision and hearing screening.
  • Providing emergency care of ill or injured students.
  • Administering prescribed or over-the-counter medications such as Advil and Tylenol, as authorized on the Medication Form.

Policies

  • Students visiting the Nurse's Office during a scheduled class must obtain a pass from the teacher.
  • Students who have been absent for illness three or more days in a row must obtain a re-admission slip from the Nurse's Office before returning to class. A note from the physician is required indicating that a student may return to school following (1) surgery or other hospitalizations, (2) a communicable disease, (3) homebound instruction, and (4) absences of six days or more. Limitations on physical activity and recommendations for rest periods should also be noted.
  • Students returning to school following a psychiatric hospitalization must bring a note to the Nurse's Office from the psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, or clinical social worker.
  • Students with casts and/or crutches should also bring a note from the physician relative to limitations. The Nurse's Office will issue an Early Pass to a student requiring additional passing time.
  • A pass is required to use the elevator.
  • Illinois State Law requires proof that the required health exams and immunizations be completed.