The school nurse maintains a health card for each student which is brought up to date each year. For the protection of the student, parents are encouraged to notify the school or school nurse of any health conditions that may affect the child or their education during the school day.
PHYSICALS & IMMUNIZATIONS
A physical is required of all students before they enter kindergarten. In accordance with state legislation, no child shall be allowed to enroll in a Minnesota school unless the child is completely immunized against disease and has attended Early Childhood Screening. All students must be protected against diphtheria, tetanus, pertusis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles). These requirements can be waived only if a properly signed medical or conscientious exemption is filed with the school. Hepatitis B immunizations are also required for kindergartners. Older students who have not received the Hepatitis B series will need the series before entering the 7th grade.
All medications taken at school require a physician and parent signed order. This includes Tylenol, cough syrup and other over the counter medications.
When a student becomes ill at school, parents will be requested to take the student home. Fever, diarrhea or vomiting are indicators of illness. For those occasions when the parent cannot be reached by telephone, the person indicated on the child's enrollment card to be responsible for the emergency care of the child will be contacted. It is very important that the school be given this information in case of illness or other emergencies.
Strep infection is one of the most common reasons children are absent from school. Symptoms of strep include high fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and stomach ache.
Children who are taken to the clinic for a throat culture should remain at home until the 24 hour results are back, unless they are symptom free. Many times a quick strep test is negative and a 24 hour culture is positive. Children with strep need a full 24 hour course of antibiotics before they are no longer contagious and can return to school.
VISION & SCOLIOSIS SCREENING
Vision screening is conducted annually for all students in grades one, three, four, and five. Students in other grades also receive a vision check upon parent or teacher request. Female students in fifth grade are screened for scoliosis.
If you have any questions please call the health office at 651-439-1962.