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Lisa Cramer

A little bit about me....
I have been a nurse for 26 years, and received my nursing degree from Loyola University Chicago.  I have 3 boys (2 at RTMS and 1 at IG), a wonderful hubby, and a dog named Oakley.  We live in Mt Prospect.  I play soccer and enjoy spending time with family and friends in the great outdoors.  I love our RTMS community as a parent, and now as your school nurse.  Here's to a healthy and happy school year!

This page is dedicated to providing up to date information to keep our kids healthy, happy, and safe.  I will present different topics each month.  I welcome any suggestions, comments, or concerns, so please feel free to email me at

The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us.  To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms.  To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
  • Headache
  • Stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees and your child may return to school only after he or she has been fever free without medication, for a minimum of 24 hours)
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

To help prevent the flu and colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.  A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" for a minimum of 24 hours.  Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school.  Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.  As a school, we have our custodians disinfect surfaces on a daily basis. We also ensure that there is soap in all dispensers and encourage everyone to remind students about the importance of hand washing.  Please also take the time to click on the links below for flu guides for parents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Flu: A Guide for Parents

Talking to Children About Flu

Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible!