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Health Staff
There are two full time licensed school nurses who coordinate and supervise the health needs of the children in the district. Also, there is a part time licensed school nurse who manages specific health programs such as asthma education, special school screenings and the district's blood borne pathogen trainings. All licensed school nurses are registered nurses with special school nurse licensure.

A full time health assistant is present in the health office throughout the school day. Minimal educational requirements for the health office assistant are standard first aid and CPR/AED certification. All health office staff undergo additional training on a yearly basis.

District health service staff interact in partnership with the educational team to provide students with high quality, consistent health care and health management. Provided health services are essential for maintaining and promoting student achievement in a safe and respectful environment.

Services Provided
In the health office students can expect to receive routine first aid care for minor injuries. Any injuries requiring more extensive care will be directed to the family's medical facility.  If the injury or illness is serious, 911 will be contacted for transport to the Buffalo Hospital Emergency Room.

Students arriving at the health office will be monitored for signs of illness based on their concerns. Students with fevers greater than 100 degrees, diarrhea or vomiting will be excluded from school unless special circumstances surround the nature of the illness and the licensed school nurse has deemed it appropriate.

Keep your child home from school if within the past 24 hours they have had:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher. Please do not medicate your child with Tylenol or Ibuprofen to mask fever prior to sending them to school.
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Antibiotic treatment begun for strep throat, impetigo, pink eye, etc... Antibiotics must be given for a full 24 hours before returning to school. New information is coming out regarding pink eye treatment and exclusion. As this develops, our guidelines may change.

Health and Emergency Information Form
Each school year, all students receive a pink health and emergency information form. This form provides the necessary contact information should the health office need to reach parents during the school day. It is the parents' responsibility to update and return this form during the first week of the school year. Please note: Parents will always be contacted first. Only the alternate people listed on this form will be allowed to pick up your child. No child will be released to anyone without verbal or written direction from the parent or guardian.

Emergency Information Changes
Please call and let the school secretary know when you have changes in phone numbers, work location, daycare providers and/or emergency contact persons so that you can be reached quickly in the event of an emergency.

Chronic and Potentially Life-Threatening Conditions
When a student has a diagnosed chronic condition (i.e. asthma, diabetes, seizures, heart condition or severe allergies) it is necessary for parents to provide information at the beginning of the school year on the health and emergency information form. If appropriate, students will receive a medical management plan stating what steps typically will be taken if an emergency situation occurs. This plan will be developed in collaboration with the school nurse, physician, parent and student. Student health information will be shared with appropriate school personnel with respect to confidentiality. Please note: It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the bus company if any health conditions exist.

All students must comply with the Minnesota immunization laws and have proof of immunizations before entering school in ISD 877.

Health Screenings
Each year, elementary students will have the opportunity to participate in the following health screenings:

  • Hearing and Vision - grades K-5
  • Scoliosis - fifth grade girls
  • Height and Weight/BMI-grade levels may vary. Most common is grades 2-5. Based on results, additional screening may occur (blood pressure, pulse).

The MN Departments of Health and Education have legislation regarding medications being administered in school.

Before prescription medication can be given at school, the health office must have:

  • Written permission from MD and parent indicating medication, dose, frequency, side effects and termination date.
  • Medication in original bottle with correct student name and medication instructions

Before over the counter medications (Tylenol, Ibuprofen etc...) can be given at school, the health office must have:

  • Parent signature indicating medication, dose, frequency of medication and why the medication is needed.
  • Medication in original container with label that includes instruction for appropriate dosage. Medications transported in baggies, envelopes etc... will not be accepted.

Some medications are allowed to be self carried and administered independently by the student. These students should have a permission form to carry and self-administer on file in the health office. These medications are limited and may be at the discretion of the licensed school nurse.

Medication permission forms are available in the school's health office. The health office will make all attempts to assist each family in obtaining the necessary information required for medication administration in school.

Potassium Iodide
The Department of Homeland Security has recommended that facilities within a 10 mile radius of a nuclear power plant have potassium iodide (KI) available to all people in the event of a nuclear incident.  Permission to administer KI is on the emergency/health form.  No KI will be administered without the written consent of the parent/guardian.  Parent permission will be requested when students register for school

Indoor Air Quality Management Plan
District 877 has adopted an Indoor Air Quality Management Plan.  This plan will be used by the school district to identify and implement the district's commitment to the best indoor air quality for the students, parents, and staff.  The plan contains maintenance procedures, building surveys, IAQ policies, and procedures for handling indoor air quality concerns and complaints.  If you would like to view the Indoor Air Quality Management Plan or if you have any questions or concerns regarding indoor air quality at any of the district buildings, please contact the district's Indoor Air Quality Coordinator, John Heltunen, at 736.682.8773.

Health ESP

Marie Otten
Mrs. Thomson

District Elementary Nurse

Sue Thomson
Monday Oct 11, 10

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