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Welcome to our Health Office site! Here you'll find health related information for your student, such as immunization requirements, medications at school, and when to keep children home from school.
You will also find quick links to forms you may need.
Visit regularly to see what's going on.
What vaccinations does my child need for school?
Children need different vaccinations at different ages; the Minnesota Health Department has vaccination schedules on their website. Look under the "Useful Sites" section at the left side of this page to find a link to these schedules.
If your child can not have vaccinations due to medical reasons, or if you are a conscientious objector, please contact the school office for information about an exemption to the MN Student Immunization requirements.
Should My Child Stay Home Today?
Every day in school is important, but sometimes children become sick and should stay home. This gives the chance to rest and heal, and it also help prevent illness from spreading.
Here are some guidelines to help decide when your child should stay home.
Fever of 100 degrees or higher. Students may return when the fever has stayed at 99 degrees or lower for at least 18-24 hours without the help of fever reducing medications.
Vomiting and/or Diarrhea--
This spreads easily from person to person! Students may return when there have been no episodes of vomiting or diarrhea for at least 18-24 hours, when the child has no nausea, and appetite has returned.
Pinkeye-- Colds, viruses, and allergies can all cause red itchy eyes, but are not highly contagious. However, when a bacterial infection is the cause, this is very contagious, and will pass easily among young children at school.
If an elementary child has symptoms of redness, itching, pain, and drainage, (sometimes seen in the morning when children awake with “goopy” eyes, or eyes stuck shut) they should stay home.
Elementary children should stay home until pinkeye is either confirmed and treated, or until symptoms clear.
High School students can attend school, but should check with the school nurse to be cleared for attendance. Cough or sore throat along with a fever. (Follow fever recommendations for returning to school)
If your child has a food allergy and needs a substitution for foods on the school menu, a note from your child's medical provider is needed due to government rules for school lunch programs. Contact Laurie Maeyaert, Food Service Director for menu substitutions. Contact Mary Carter, School Nurse for other food allergy questions.
My Child has Asthma
There are more asthma related doctor visits and hospitalizations in September and October than any other months. If your student has asthma, are you prepared?
>>Do you have an asthma action plan?
>>Do you know what your child's peak flow readings are?
Medication at school
Prescription medications need a written prescription form from the student's medical provider, as well as written permission from parent/guardian.
Medication permissions forms are available in the main office of each building. A note from your doctor's office can also be used if it includes all necessary information. A new form is needed whenever the medication is changed.
Over-the-Counter medications used according to label directions and doses, and used on an occasional basis (less than 4 times a month), can be given at school with just a written parent request.
If a student needs over-the-counter medications more than 4 times a month, a written note from the medical provider is needed along with parent permission.
>> ALL medication must be in the original pharmacy or store container with the orifinal label on the container.
>> The medication form and the pharmacy labe information (including the name of the student) must match!
>> Medications shoud be brought to school by the parent/guardian, unless other arrangements have been made with the school nurse.
>> Medication is to be stored in the school health office, unless there is a physician's request for self-carry or self-medication. (Asthma, diabetes and migraine headaches are situations where self-medication is most often used)
Getting Rid of Head Lice (printable copy at left)
Be prepared to fight a long battle! Adult lice and immature lice are pretty easy to get rid of, but their eggs (called nits) are much harder to get rid of. Live eggs that stay on heads are the cause of most of the problems with continual head lice. People can think that they are rid of lice, but then get another case of lice from just a couple of missed eggs. Constant vigilance will be necessary to win this battle.
>>Buy a quality lice treatment (also known as a pediculicide). You should be able to buy one over the counter at a local drug store. You should also get a quality nit comb (a normal comb is not fine enough to remove nits and lice from hair); a flea comb for pets may also be used.
>>Apply the lice treatment to the hair. Be sure to follow the treatment instructions exactly, especially regarding how long the treatment should be left on the hair and how it should be removed.
>>It is also very important to follow directions if the treatment should be applied to wet hair or dry hair. If directions say to shampoo hair first, do not use conditioner, or a combination shampoo/conditioner product. Conditioner coats the lice and eggs, protecting them from the lice remover product.
>>You may need more than one bottle to treat someone with very long hair.
>>Rinse the treatment from the hair as directed. Note that you should not shampoo or condition the hair with normal shampoo or conditioner for 1-2 days following treatment.
>>Make sure the person with the lice then changes into clean clothes following the treatment.
>>Comb the hair to remove lice and nits, following directions if there is any waiting time needed between treatment and combing. (your product may direct to you to wait a certain time first). Use the nit comb to remove the dead lice (and any still living) from the hair. Some may have survived, but if you find lots of live lice at this point, you may need a more effective pediculicide; contact your doctor for a recommendation.
>>Comb the hair with the nit comb and carefully check the scalp of the infested person every 2-3 days. Continue this process for 2 or 3 weeks to ensure that all of the lice are gone. Most lice treatments require a second application after about 10 days to kill any lice that may have hatched since the initial treatment.
>>Careful combing through the whole head is the most important part of getting rid of lice once and for all. Nits that are ½ inch or more from the scalp, or that move easily are dead or empty. Nits that are less than ½ inch from the scalp, or that do not slide off the hair shaft can potentially hatch into lice, and you will have to do this all over again. You can also pluck individual hairs that have a nit glued to them, or use a baby fingernail clipper to snip out the hair with the nit.
REMOVING THE NITS COMPLETELY will prevent them from hatching and starting a new case of headlice. This takes time, and a good light. Be patient and be persistent. Checking and removing nits every 2-3 days will help you find any missed ones. Checking your child’s head and combing to remove nits every two to three days for three weeks will go a long way in getting rid of lice for good.
>>Clean all of the infected person's contaminated belongings: clothes, towels, and bedding will need to be washed in hot water, and dried on a high setting for at least 20 minutes. Mattresses, carpeting, upholstery and the car should be vacuumed thoroughly. A spray insecticide is not recommended—the residue that stays behind can be dangerous for children.
>>Stuffed toys, pillows, and things that cannot go in the washing machine can be bagged in a tightly closed plastic bag for 7-10 days. Any lice or nits left on them will not survive this long without body heat and food (human blood).
Using a blow dryer after each shampoo won’t get rid of lice once you have them, but may help keep lice away. Be very careful that the dryer is not too close to the scalp—you could cause a burn. Be very careful about the hair products used; some are flammable and should not be used with a blow dryer.
Be patient, and be thorough! Getting rid of lice is time-consuming, but can be done.
Getting rid of headlice.doc
Getting rid of headlice.doc
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