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Healthy students are successful students

Our school staff provide a variety of services that support a healthy learning community. We are committed to providing students with health conditions access to their education by facilitating their independence and creating a community of support by working collaboratively with the student, their family and district staff. School nurses promote optimal student health for optimal learning. 

In-Person Attendance

Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic District 196 will be following the guidelines for attendance, exclusion and isolation established by the Minnesota Department of Health. Our nurses work with students and their families, staff and health care providers to develop plans supporting school attendance.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 Pandemic it is especially important that: 

  1. You continue to consult with your health care provider regarding well-visits and immunizations
  2. Maintain good hygiene
  • Wash hands, don't touch your face
  • Regularly practice social distancing
  • Wear a face mask in public
  • Stay home when you aren't feeling well
  • Stay away from others who are ill 

Establish healthy habits early to ensure your child’s success

Instilling healthy habits and routines (adequate sleep/nutrition) and consistent attendance ensures a student’s success in school even as early as kindergarten. We know that too many absences/tardies, for whatever reason, can cause children to fall behind both academically and socially.

The school district will follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health for recommended exclusion and notification for vaccine-preventable diseases including mumps, measles, rubella, pertussis, diphtheria, viral hepatitis, chickenpox and meningitis. Families will not be notified and students are not excluded for lice, pink eye or strep throat.

erica white

Registered School Nurse
Erica.White@district196.org
Phone: 651-683-6969, ext. 3-685
Fax: 651-683-6858

Medications

With your signed permission, your child may self-carry and self-administer non-prescription medications. For prescription medication, the student may self-carry if they have a signed doctor order to self-carry. If your child would like to keep non-prescription medications in the nurse's office, medication must be in the original labeled bottle with a parent note. 

Any prescription medication sent for the nurse to administer must be in a pharmacy labeled bottle, have a doctor's order and signed medication authorization by a parent. Most pharmacies will provide a small bottle for school use at no extra charge. 

Beginning of each school year

All students who have medication in the health office must get new doctor orders and new action plans. All medications orders and action plans are good for one school year only. 

Immunizations

All incoming 7th graders need two additional immunizations prior to the first day of school:

  1. Tdap
  2. Meningitis (meningococcal)

We need the month, day, and year of all vaccines. Also the law provides for exemptions from vaccines if your child has a medical condition that prevents immunizations or if immunizations are against your beliefs. Call the office for information about necessary forms, which need to be submitted for this type of exemption.

Student Immunization Form