Health Services provides services necessary to promote student health so that health concerns do not become obstacles to learning.
Is My Child Well Enough to Go to School?
Regular attendance at school is very important, yet we do not want children to come to school when they are ill. Remember that a child, ill with an infectious disease, can spread the disease when in contact with others in the family and community. Here are some basic guidelines to follow when concerned about whether your son/daughter should stay home or attend school:
- If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, they should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal.
- If your child has vomited or had diarrhea, they should stay home for 24 hours after the last episode.
- If your child has any rash that may be disease-related or the cause is unknown, check with your health care provider before sending them to school.
- If your child has had a throat culture to rule out strep, they should stay home until the results of the test are known. If it is positive for strep, they will need to be on antibiotic therapy for 24 hours before returning to school.
If you have any questions regarding this information or your child’s illness, please call the health office at your child’s school.
Sick Children in School
If your child becomes ill during the school day you will be called and your child will be sent home. Certain conditions such as impetigo, scabies, head lice and undiagnosed rashes require the child to be at home until treatments have been obtained.
The health office will notify parents when communicable diseases, such as strep throat and chicken pox, are recurrent in your child’s classroom.
Frequently, children have various allergies due to food, pets, and environmental conditions. It is important that health services be made aware of any of your child's allergies. If your child is known to be severely allergic to insect bites, peanuts, etc., it is important that you work with the school nurse in developing an emergency plan in case of a reaction.
District 15 Medication Policy
The school district acknowledges that some students may require prescribed and/or over-the-counter medication during the school day. The following requirements must be met to have the medication administered during the school day:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medication requires a written order from the licensed prescriber and a signed authorization from the parent/guardian.
- Download the Administration of Medication Form
- Prescription medication must be in the original prescription container appropriately labeled for the student by the pharmacy or licensed prescriber.
- Over-the-counter medication must come in the original unopened container with the proper label.
- Medication should be brought to school by the parent/guardian or according to an individual plan developed between the school nurse and parent/guardian.
- If medication is to be carried by the student during the school day, such as an inhaler, there must be written permission from the licensed prescriber and an agreement signed by the student, parent, and the health office.
Health Services Staff
Each health office is staffed with a health education assistant who works under the supervision of a licensed school nurse. The health assistant is on duty throughout the day to attend to sudden illnesses, emergencies, and to administer medications. A licensed school nurse is available in each building. The role of the nurse includes supervision of the health office, assessment of special health concerns, consultant to families and students to address the special needs of the students, and maintain a healthy environment for learning.
This information is essential so parents may be contacted when students become ill, need to be sent home, or in case of an emergency. It is very important to list friends or neighbors who may be called if you are not at home and who are willing to provide transportation. Please keep the health office updated on any changes throughout the year.
School Health Rooms
All schools have health rooms equipped with cots and basic first aid supplies. Minor scrapes and bruises are attended to and parents contacted if the child needs to go home or require medical attention. If immediate medical attention is required, the emergency medical team will be called and the child will be transported to the nearest hospital.
School Health Record
Minnesota state law requires schools to maintain a permanent health record for every student. This record includes immunization dates, screening, and health concerns, and follows the student from kindergarten through graduation. Parents are requested to notify the school of health concerns, updated immunizations, and other conditions affecting the health of their child.
Dental health is emphasized in the overall health program.
Special Health Concerns
When students have special health concerns (diabetes, asthma, heart problems, allergies, seizure disorders, ADHD, etc.), parents are urged to contact their school health office so that appropriate arrangements and accommodations, if necessary, may be made. Licensed school nurses are alerted to the special needs of students and work with the teachers and staff to ensure the student’s safety.