Health Office Staff
Phone: (847) 596-5910
Together we can keep the students healthy by reminding them to:
- Wash his/her hands well. Make sure to use soap & water and to rub hands together for at least 20 seconds.
- Keep hands away from the face.
- Cough and sneeze in the inner elbow or use a tissue.
- Avoid sharing personal items such as hats, brushes, combs, or lip balms.
- Remind them to have plenty of rest and a nutritious diet.
- Consider a yearly flu shot.
The District follows the Lake County Health Dept. Guidelines. Please remember the following:
Students are encouraged to be kept home if he or she:
- Has a fever of 100 (oral) degrees or higher
- Has abdominal cramps and or vomiting
- Has a sore throat with fever (see below)
- Has a persistent cough (dry or productive)
- Has diarrhea (three or more episodes in 24 hrs)
- Has a rash or open and draining sores
- Has any sever symptoms preventing him/her from participating in school
If the student has recently been ill, parents are reminded of the following guidelines before having your child return to school, athletic or social activities:
- They should feel fit for at least 24 hours.
- Be free of fever for at least 24 hours (without medication)
- Be free of vomiting and or diarrhea for at least 24 hours.
- For strep throat, they must be on the appropriate antibiotic for at least 24 hours.
- For conjunctivitis, they must be on the appropriate eye drops for at least 24 hours or cleared by a physician.
- Rash illnesses should be assessed by a doctor. If chickenpox is suspected, keep home for at least 5 days after the appearance of the rash or until all blisters have scabbed over.
Julia Plescia, RN, MSN; Certified School NurseHello! I enjoy being your school nurse! I believe education is the best way for children to learn how to stay healthy. I try to teach good health habits so kids can come to school every day and feel well. I believe that learning is a life-long process, so I went back to college to earn a Master's Degree in Nursing when I was 50 years old! I also hold a Professional Educator License with a specialty in School Nursing.I have been working at Woodland since 1996. During those years all six of my children graduated from Woodland, and I now have an adopted daughter who attends Woodland as well. My husband and I have 11 grandchildren to keep us entertained and active. I enjoy reading, walking and flowers. My favorite color is yellow because it makes me smile.Please feel free to call me if might help you or your child at school. I can be reached at 847-596-5910.
Evelyn Payne, R.N.
My name is Evelyn Payne and I have been a Registered Nurse for more than 25 years. I spent many years as a nurse at the University of Chicago Hospital primarily on their esteemed Gastroenterology Unit. While at the University of Chicago Hospital, I served as a Preceptor as well as a Charge Nurse. In addition, I worked at other hospitals to enhance my clinical acumen such as Orthopedics, Intensive Care, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Emergency Medicine.
I am a proud mother of four daughters who are all high achieving graduates from the Gurnee School District. During their time in the district I served as a parent volunteer, community softball coach and basketball team mom. I have developed a love for educating, teaching, mentoring students and patients alike about the importance of health and wellness. I am happy and honored to be apart of the school community once again, this time as a School Nurse. It is a privilege and my goal to keep your children safe and healthy.
I have many passions that include gardening, reading, photography and running. This summer I finished my first half marathon! When I have time I enjoy visiting with my daughters and three grandsons.
I am so excited to continue to work with such a dedicated, motivated and positive staff!
Theresa Crandall, Health Assistant
I have worked in the Woodland Intermediate Health Office since 1999 as a health assistant. I love working here with students and staff. I have been married for 27 years and have two grown children, Stephen and Colleen. My son got married in 2016 and I am a proud grandmother to a boy named Alan. We have 2 cats, Fiona and Cleo.