• We are asking for your cooperation in managing illness within the school.

    To help you better understand some common illnesses that occur in schools, we have set up the following guidelines and practices. Children will be sent home when they become ill with any of the following symptoms.

    • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher
    • Vomiting - One episode
    • Diarrhea - Three episodes 
    • Any undetermined rash (unless a doctor's note is received showing a non-contagious condition)
    • Severe nasal discharge (green or yellow)
    • Eye redness or discharge
    • Head lice or nits found in hair shafts

    Children may not return to school until they are "fever free" without medication and are symptom-free for 24 hours. After 5 days of absence, a doctor's note is required. Please contact the school BEFORE 8:30 AM to explain all absences. Absences may be called into the school at 708-453-6172 or parents/guardians may submit absence notes via email to attendance@rivergroveschool.org. The email must include the child's full name in the subject line, the dates of absence, the reason for the absence, and the parent/guardian name as a signature.

     How Parents Can Help

    • Please be considerate and use good judgement.
    • Do not send your child to school if he/she is sick.
    • Please call in when your child is sick. A note explaining the absence is required for your child to be readmitted to class.
    • Let your child's teacher or the health aide know if there is any kind of communicable disease. 

    Please have alternative pick-up arrangements if you know you will not be able to leave work when sickness arises. Children should be picked up within an hour of becoming sick. Contact the school office and make sure your emergency contact numbers are always current.

    These guidelines are in place to protect all children and are established to cooperate with parents as care is provided for all children. 

    Your cooperation with implementing these guidelines will make the school a safer, healthier environment and will help keep communicable diseases under control. 

     Medication Policy

    We realize that there are times when your child will need medication during the day. The school policy regarding dispensation of medication is:

    Prescription medication must be accompanied by a physician authorization form. All prescription medication must be in the original container, labeled with the child's name, the name of the medication, directions about administering the medication, the date, the physician's name and telephone number, prescription number and pharmacy name and telephone number. 

    Non-prescription medication will only be administered with written authorization from a parent. The parent's note must contain the child's name, the name of the medication, directions about administering the medication, the date, the length of time the medication should be administered and the parent's telephone number. 

    Authorization to Administer Medication Form must accompany any request to administer medication. The authorization will be deemed valid for one week. One form is needed for each medicine to be administered. New forms may be completed for succeeding weeks. 


    These guidelines are in keeping with state law regarding dispensation of medications. The health aide is authorized to validate all requests and to monitor student reaction while medicated. 

    Thank you for your cooperation.