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Danielle Wegener, RN ICCE

School Nurse

847-362-0730 ext.333

Fax 847-362-8130

[email protected]





My background and credentials:


  •  Associate Degree in Nursing from College of Lake County
  • 21 years as a Registered Nurse to include jobs in Maternity, Pediatrics, Perinatal Education and School Nursing
  • 19 years as a certified childbirth educator, CPR, and Safe Sitter instructor for Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, IL
  • Member of the National School Nurse Association (NSNA) and Illinois School Nurse Association (ISNA)
  • Representative for Illinois Poison Control


Thank you for visiting this page. My name is Danielle Wegener and this is my seventh year at St. Joseph Catholic School (SJCS). I grew up Libertyville and attended both SJCS and Carmel Catholic High School. After graduating from Carmel, I attended the College of Lake County where I earned my nursing degree in 2002. I started my career at Advocate Condell Medical Center in the maternity unit and worked in Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby and Well Baby Nursery. I worked there for a few years and then transitioned to a pediatric office and enjoyed the office setting. In 2004, I returned to my position in maternity and became a certified childbirth educator and CPR instructor. I enjoy teaching and continue to do so a few times each month.


I got my start in the school setting by working as the summer school nurse for District 70 in 2009, 2010 and 2011. I also subbed in District 70 during the school years.


I live in Gurnee with my husband Jason and our two sons, Vincent , Nicholas and our two pugs Isabelle (Izzy) and Mia (Mimi).  I enjoy cooking, reading, shopping, traveling and spending time with my family.


Please be sure to periodically check back or subscribe to my page for health updates and information throughout the school year. My door is always open so please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you and I look forward to working with your children this upcoming school year.



Danielle Wegener, RN ICCE






Thank you to all those who donated supplies to the nurse's office. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated. I am now well stocked on supplies, but could always use sanitary napkins and band aids. 
Mrs. Wegener

The Nurse's Office Kindly Accepts Donations

The nurse's office is a busy place and can always use supplies donations. The following items would greatly accepted and appreciated:
Maxi pads
cotton balls
small tissue packs
Life Savers Wintergreen mints
Aquaphor Ointment 
Q tips
Thank you,
Mrs. Wegener

Illness on the Rise

Illness is on the rise again and Strep is the star of the week. We are seeing it in multiple grade levels and it's affecting not only students but staff as well.
In this communication, I have highlighted some important information on Strep t and when to keep your child home from school. When your child is sick, it's important that they stay home to rest, get better and to prevent the spread to others. 
Strep Throat
Strep is an infection caused by a type of bacteria. Strep throat needs treatment with antibiotics and most people get back to normal activity within a few days. 
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Strep Throat?
Most common symptom's:
  • sore throat that comes on quickly and is especially painful when swallowing.
  • fever
  • red and swollen tonsil with white patches or streak on them
  • painful or swollen neck glands
Other symptoms:
  • headache
  • stomach pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • rash
Not all sore throats are strep. Most sore throats are caused by viruses, not bacteria. If a child has cold symptoms (runny nose and cough), a hoarse voice, or pink eye, their sore throat is more likely due to a virus and not bacteria. 
Strep is very contagious. Anyone can get it, but it mostly affects children and teens. Strep peaks in the winter and early spring when people tend to have more close contact with each other. 
If your child has a sore throat and other strep symptoms, call your doctor to schedule an appointment. Strep can be diagnosed in their office with a rapid test. If the test comes back positive, the doctors usually prescribe about 10 days of antibiotic medicine to treat the infection. Antibiotics will improve symptoms and after 24 hours of taking them, the infection can no longer spread to others.
There is no vaccine to prevent strep throat, but you can take the following measures to help stop the spread:
  • Wash the sick person's dishes, utensils, and drinking cups in hot soapy water or run through the dishwasher for sanitation.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, napkins, towels, etc. with the sick person.
  • Frequent handwashing using warm water and soap. Lather for 20 seconds, rinse and dry well.
  • Change out the infected persons toothbrush after they have been on their antibiotic for 24 hours.
  • Cover all sneezes and coughs. Use tissues and avoid sticking fingers in the nose or mouth.
  • Stay home from school, work, sports when not feeling well to avoid spreading germs.
Home care consists of rest, taking the entire course of prescribed antibiotics, (even if symptoms have subsided), lots of fluids to prevent dehydration and avoiding citrus drinks/foods. Popsicles, smoothies, soup and warm liquids can be soothing and help provide some nourishment  Over-the-counter medicine such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen can be used for fever or pain. 
Returning to school
A student may return to school after they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours and symptoms have improved. If your child is not showing improvement after a few days, please check in with your doctor.
Some other illnesses or symptoms that your child should stay home for (not limited to).
  • A fever of 100 degrees F or higher.
  • Signs they are tired or weak- common with the flu
  • Diarrhea- having 1 or more episodes in a 24 hour period
  • Vomiting-having 1 or more episodes in a 24 hour period
  • Coughing that disrupts normal activity
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath or any severe breathing difficulties
  • Earache, headache, or sore throat lasting longer than 12 hours
  • Yellow, green discharge from the eye(s)
  • A new rash- Can return to school once it has been diagnosed as non infectious.
  • Recent injury, surgery, dental procedure that impedes daily activities.
  • Overall not feeling well or anything that will make it difficult to participate in the school day.
  • Any contagious disease such as strep, pink eye, flu, etc. or anything requiring an antibiotic. They may return after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment and improvement of symptoms.
I hope this has provided some guidance. As always, please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns.
Mrs. Wegener

Increase in Pink Eye Cases

Increase in Pink Eye in Pre K- 2nd Grade


We are seeing an increase of Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) in our lower grades, especially Preschool.

Pink Eye is often highly contagious. It can be caused by a viruses, bacteria, allergens, or irritants. Symptoms include the following:


  • Redness or swelling
  • Watery eyes
  • A gritty feeling
  • Itchiness, irritation, or burning
  • Discharge
  • Crusting of the eyelids or eyelashes
  • Symptoms that get worse or don’t improve
  • Eye pain or sensitivity to light


If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep them home from school and consult with their doctor. If an antibiotic is prescribed, they cannot return to school until they have been on the medicine for 24 hours and symptoms have improved.


Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep our students healthy.




Mrs. Wegener


Reminder: Health History Form due tomorrow!

This was included in the June 13th communication. 

To be completed by a parent/guardian for each child attending SJCS for the 2023-24 academic school year, no matter what grade 

As with each new school year, it is necessary to update your child’s health information as things may have changed over the past year. This information will inform the school nurse of your child’s health history, any current/long-term medications being taken, any life-threatening allergy/condition(s), and/or any general medical concern(s). 

This information is confidential, and will remain so, unless of a medical emergency occurring on school premises.  Please complete THIS STUDENT HEALTH HISTORY FORM for each of your SJCS students by Friday, June 30th. This link will not be posted on the school website.

Yearly Health History Form is Due on 8/19

If you haven't done so already, please complete and submit your student(s) yearly health history.


Previously communicated

Yearly Health History Forms

As with each new school year, we need a health history form completed for every student attending SJCS for the 2022-23 academic school year. The information provided will inform the school nurse of your child’s health history, any current/long-term medications being taken by your child, any life-threatening allergy/condition(s), and/or any medical concern(s). 

This information is confidential and only the school nurse and administration will have access to it.  Please complete THIS STUDENT HEALTH HISTORY FORM for each SJCS student in your family by August 19th. 

Thank you,

Mrs. Wegener

Sports Physical Reminder 5th-8th Grade

For all 5th-8th grade students who will be participating in a school sponsored sport please read the following requirements:
  • Sports physicals are required every year for all athletes in grades 5, 7, and 8.  A complete physical is required for all students in 6th grade.
  • Physicals are due to the school office before the athlete can practice. Please email, upload or drop off to the school office completed physicals before the first day of practice.
  • All physicals must be in the school office before a student will be allowed to practice to avoid exclusion. 
  • Please ensure that the entire form is filled out and completed by all required parties.
Forms can be found here Sports Physical Form
Please reach out with any questions.
Thank you,
Mrs. Wegener

School Nurse is Back to School

Dear Families,
I hope this finds you well and you are enjoying the last lazy days of Summer! I will be back in my office starting 8/8 and available from 8:00-2pm. If you have any questions or needs for the upcoming school year, please reach out either by phone or email. Looking forward to seeing your kiddos soon :)
Mrs. Wegener

March is National Nutrition Month

Break the Brown Bag Blues
In honor of National Nutrition Month, give your child's lunch a brown bag makeover. It is important to pack your child a healthy lunch to provide them with the nutrients they need for learning, growing and play, it's also important to make sure they eat it . To ensure your child's lunch doesn't go to waste, I have included some simple tips to help break the brown bag boredom.
Sit down once a week or before grocery shopping to plan lunches together. 
  • Encourage them to pack or help you pack their lunch. If they have a role in putting it together, they are more likely to eat it. 
Celebrate special days.
  • Plan lunches menus around special days. For example, pack all green veggies or fruit sides, or make a rainbow fruit salad for St. Patrick's Day.
Try new foods.
  • Bring your child to the grocery store to pick out some new fruits or vegetables. This will encourage an interest in trying new foods and may be helpful for picky eaters.
Incorporate the rainbow in each lunch.
  • Pack a salad with lots of veggies and see how many different colors that you can add- fruit is a tasty addition to salads. 
  • Fruit salad with the colors of the rainbow and add a few mini marshmallows for fun.
  • Add peas, broccoli, or carrots to mac and cheese
  • Minestrone soup/Vegetable Soup
Switch up the same old sandwich routine.
  • Use mini whole grain pitas, tortillas, crackers, English Muffins instead of bread. 
  • whole grain cereal
  • soup
  • mac and cheese
  • cheese and crackers
  • whole grain English Muffin pizza
  • pasta
Invest in fun containers.
  •  A quality insulated lunch bag in a fun print and insulated food container will enable your child to take a wider variety of food options. Also, remember to use an ice pack to keep cold foods cold if your child's lunch box/bag is not insulated to prevent food poisoning. 
  • Bento boxes Best Bento Boxes 2022
More fun ideas and recipes to help boost that brown bag!

Thank you :)

To all the kind and generous families that donated supply items to the nurse's office,
Your kindness and support is much appreciate and I am lucky to apart of this amazing school. 
Mrs. Wegener

Everyday illnesses vs. COVID-19

Being sick in today's world looks a bit different than it has in the past. Families are so focused on ruling out COVID-19, that they are forgetting about the other common illnesses such as the common cold, influenza, gastroenteritis, etc. It is always a good idea to have your child tested through their doctor's office if they are not feeling well. This way, they can be fully evaluated and get the proper care and guidance they need to feel better.  Testing facilities  

Safe Treats for Halloween and other Classroom Parties

I am often asked of safe treat/foods that can given at classroom parties and I wanted to share food items that are safe for all. Although, not required a healthy option is highly encouraged. This can include fruit, yogurt, popcorn etc.
As an added safeguard, please check ingredient labels each time of purchase to make sure there is still no peanuts/tree nuts or cross contamination statements. Ingredients can change without warning.

Safe Party Foods/Snack List

Peanut & Tree Nut Free

Please avoid snacks that contain peanuts (including peanut flower, peanut oil, or peanut butter) or tree nuts (including almonds, cashews, pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts/filberts, Brazil nuts, pistachios, pine nuts, walnuts, and coconut, or any flour, oil or butter).

Please read labels carefully to make sure the products are safe. This includes avoiding labels with cross contamination warnings such as:

  • May contain traces of peanuts/tree nuts”
  • “Produced in a facility that also processes peanuts/tree nuts”
  • Or any similar statement.


All fresh fruit, Prepackaged/Bagged fruit

Market Pantry Raisins

Ocean Spray Craisins- Plain only

Sunmaid Raisins

All fresh vegetables-Pre Packaged/bagged

Fruit Cups/Applesauce

Fruit Cups- Delmonte, Dole

Applesauce- Musselmans, Mott’s

GoGo Squeez Applesauce on the go

Mott’s Snack and Go


Yogurt in individual cups/tubes (NO nut based alternatives or flavors)

String cheese-Kraft, Frigo, Horizon Organic

Yogurt- Yoplait, Stonyfield Farms, Horizon Organic, Dannon, Trader’s Joe’s (Squishers tubes), GoGurts, 

Crackers/Chips/Snack items

Triscuits and Triscuits Thin Crisps

Cheez Its

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers

Honey Maid Grahams

Back to Nature-Honey Graham Sticks

Teddy Grahams

Keebler Scooby-Doo Graham Cracker Sticks

Fruit Newtons

Animal Crackers ( Specific brands- Austin’s, Barnum and Annie’s)

Nilla Wafers

NAbisco Ginger Snaps

Pirates Booty

Clif Kid ZFruit or Z Fruit and Veggie bars

Nutri Grain soft baked cereal bars

Cheetos and Simply cheetos, Doritos, Tostitos

Sun Chips

Lays or Simply Lays

Skinny Pop

Boom Chicka Boom


  • Keebler town house flipsides pretzel crackers
  • Rold Gold
  • Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps

Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats

Chips Ahoy


  • Original
  • Double stuffed
  • Mini’s
  • 100 Calorie Pack
  • Thins
  • Mint

Enjoy Life Brand cookies

Hostess Donettes ( Not crunch variety)

Pudding- Handi snacks, Snack Pak

Fruit Snacks:

  • Florida’s Natural Au’Some Fruit Nuggets
  • Cliff Kids- organic fruit rope
  • Mott’s Original assorted fruit snacks
  • Welch’s fruit snacks
  • General Mills fruit snacks

Bakery Items

Nutphree’s bakery products: cupcakes, frosted sugar cookies ( Jewel, Walmart, Mariano’s, Whole Foods)

Lee Donut Shop- Donuts (nut free store)




Tootsie Brand Candies (all)

Candy Canes (Spangler Brand)


Dum Dum suckers

Gummies- Albanese brand

Hershey Kisses- milk chocolate only

Junior Mints

Laffy taffy

Pixy stix

Ring pops

How Much Sleep Do Students Need?

As we get back into the swing of school routines and activities, sleep is often something that gets overlooked. Adequate sleep contributes to a student's overall health and well-being. Student's who get the proper amount of ZZZ's have better focus, improved concentration and academic performance. 
Those who do not get a sufficient amount of sleep have a higher risk for many health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, poor mental health and injuries. Also, they are more likely to have attention and behavior problems, which can contribute to poor academic performance in school. 
To promote optimal health, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that children should get the following amounts of sleep on a regular basis:
  • Infants 4 months to 12 months old: 12 to 16 hours (including naps)
  • Children 1 to 2 years old: 11 to 14 hours (including naps)
  • Children 3 to 5 years old: 10 to 13 hours (including naps)
  • Children 6 to 12 years old: 9 to 12 hours
  • Teens 13 to 18 years old: 8 to 10 hours
What Parents Can Do
  • Model healthy habits and promote a bedtime and rise routine.
  • Dim lighting, (adolescents who are exposed to more light from (such as room lightening or from electronics) are less likely to get enough sleep. 
  • Implement a media curfew and ban all electronics from the bedroom 1-2 hours before bedtime.