Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness

CPS and Blaine are making positive changes to improve student wellness!  Our nurse, Sarah Kaiser can be emailed directly with specific questions.  Please read below for general information.

Local School Wellness Policy   
The CPS Local School Wellness Policy for Students aligns with the requirements of the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge – a certification program that recognizes schools for meeting requirements around healthy foods, nutrition education and physical activity. For more information, please review the CPS Policy Manual text, here.

A child must be fever-free and without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.  A fever is anything over 100.4.  In addition, if a child has diarrhea or has been vomiting they must stay home until symtoms....

Healthy Snacks and Beverages Policy  
The CPS Healthy Snacks and Beverages Policy (or “Competitive Foods Policy”) sets standards for foods sold or served on school grounds to ensure a healthy school food environment. For more information, please review the CPS Policy Manual text, here.

New CPS Nutrition Standards
CPS is committed to making changes that support student wellness, and has established new nutrition standards. For more information, please click here​​​​​​​.

School Wellness Team 
In accordance with the CPS Wellness policy we are currently looking for volunteers from the Blaine community to assist in implementing policies to ensure we are providing a healthy learning environment for all of our students. Our wellness team will consist of parents, teachers and staff, and students. If you are interested in being a part of the Wellness team at Blaine, please contact Mr. Sikes at Here is the Role and Responsibilities of the Wellness Team:Role: The School Wellness Team is a group of school stakeholders interested and invested in school wellness and student health. They plan and implement school initiatives concerned with the health and well being of students.

  • Assess the health and wellness needs of students, families and staff.
  • Implement programs, activities and policy changes to meet identified needs.
  • Ensure that the school is in alignment with the Local School Wellness Policy and Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy.
  • Support the schools’ effort to become HUSSC Certified.
  • Ensure sustainability measures around HUSSC certification and policy requirements.

Health & Wellness Programs, Topics, Policies
“Parents In Charge” Family Relationship Program at NU
The Parents in Charge (PIC) team helps families with children between the ages fo 2 and 6 determine if their child’s disruptive or challenging behaviors fall within a developmentally typical range. When needed, we then work with parents on how to direct the child onto a healthier path. For more information, please click here.

Peanut/Nut Policy
Per CPS’ policy from the Office of Student Health and Wellness, Blaine is an Allergen Aware School.  As an “Allergen Aware School”, Blaine parents are encouraged to consider non-food treats (such as a book for the classroom library, pencils, stickers, etc.) to celebrate birthdays and special events.  Homeroom teachers coordinate any special celebrations with parents which allow all of the children to participate.
During designated events, food treats may be provided but must be store-bought and include the ingredient list to protect the safety of all students.  Home-baked goods are not permitted during such events.

If your student has a medical condition or food allergy, a 504 Plan is highly recommended. If your child does not already have a 504 plan, please contact Rob Bahl. A 504 meeting will be scheduled once requested.  Parents will be responsible for having their child’s doctor complete all necessary documents prior to the meeting.  At the 504 meeting, the school nurse and your child’s teacher will be present to discuss a plan for your child. Any adults that work with your children throughout the school day will receive a copy of the plan to ensure that everyone is aware of their condition and what to do in case of an emergency.

Head Lice:  Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention
Head lice infestation may occur in any age category, but it is most frequent among grade school children. It can occur in any social strata. It is not a disease, but is considered a nuisance problem. Students identified to have head lice are to stay home from school until they are free of any signs of infestation, through an examination by the school nurse or other person designated by the principal.