School Nurses are committed to students' health and safety through the establishment of comprehensive school health programs. In Roseville, each school has a school nurse and a health assistant assigned to provide health services.
It is the role of the school nurse to identify student health needs, decide the appropriate action, determine how the plan will be implemented and evaluate the student's progress. The nurse is responsible for the overall management of the health office. This includes:
- Scheduling vision, hearing, and scoliosis screening according to state/district guidelines
- Maintaining health records, including immunization records according to state law
- Working with school staff to understand individual student health needs
- Being a liaison between home, school, and health care needs as they relate to students' health and educational plans (IHP, 504, IEP)
- Function as a member of the student support services team (social worker, psychologist, counselor and administration)
The school nurse is also available to provide referral information regarding community resources for health concerns.
Under supervision of the school nurse, the health assistant provides routine first aid and daily administration of medication (when prescribed by a physician). It is often the health assistant who acts as a liaison between the health office and the home by contacting parents when a student becomes ill or is injured during the school day. The health assistant consults the school nurse when there is an emergency, when there is need for physical assessment of an illness or an injury or for non-routine health concerns that may arise during the school day.
Click on the links below for information about the following:
Is My Child Well Enough To Go To School?
Influenza-Like Illness (ILI or Flu) Information - Keeping
Our School Communities Healthy During the ILI-Flu Season
Health & Emergency Information
K-12 Immunization Requirements
Additional Forms and Information
Chemical Health Resources & Information
Minnesota Health Care Programs
Stay At Home Guidelines
Contact the school nurse for further information.
Is My Child Well Enough To Go To School?
Many students and parents are frequently concerned about when students should stay home or attend school. The following information is intended to help with this decision.
- If the student has a fever of 100 degrees or more, the student should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal and remains normal without fever reducing medication.
- If the student has vomited or has diarrhea, the student should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
- If the student has had any rash that may be disease-related or the cause is unknown, check with the family physician before sending the student to school.
- If the student is ill, please call the school daily to report illness.
If you have any questions regarding the above information or your child's illness, please call your school nurse or family physician.
REMEMBER: Children with infectious disease can spread the disease when they are in contact with others in the family or in the community.
Influenza-Like Illness (ILI or Flu) Information - Keeping Our School Communities Healthy During the ILI-Flu Season
Students with influenza-like illness (ILI), which is defined as a fever over 100 degrees with a cough or sore throat, should stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medication.
Providing a healthy school environment for our students is a district priority all year long.
These Minnesota Department of Health recommendations are guiding our school district’s actions:
- Encourage staff, students and parents to get an annual influenza vaccination.
- Encourage proper hand washing.
- Teach and review the proper way to “cover your cough.”
- Encourage staff and students to stay home when they are sick.
- Students with influenza-like illness (ILI) should stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medication.
During flu season, we expect to see an increase in Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) among the students and staff. Parents/guardians should keep students home from school if they are sick with influenza-like illness (ILI).
The Minnesota Department of Health requests that schools report when the total number of students absent with ILI reaches 5% of the total school enrollment. This surveillance helps to prevent and control disease outbreaks, and allows MDH to monitor disease trends in the state as well as evaluate the effectiveness of immunization requirements and recommendations. No individual student names or other information will be shared with the health department for the ILI reporting.
Call the attendance line at your school to report your student’s absence. Please help us track the number of students with ILI by calling the school's attendance line each day your student is home ill and reporting the specific symptoms your student is experiencing.
For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Health's Influenza (Flu) link for accurate, up-to-date information about influenza.
- Influenza (Flu) Information for Parents (PDF)
- Flu Symptom Screening Tool for Parents and Caregivers (PDF) - Please use this questionnaire to help you decide when to keep your student home.
Health & Emergency Information
Each year, parents of enrolled students receive a copy of the Student Health and Emergency Form to update. It is extremely important for the health office to have current information on file should an emergency arise during the school day. Additionally, it is through the use of this form that the school nurse is alerted to current student health concerns and can then plan for the student's health needs that may impact their educational performance.
During the school year, when phone numbers, addresses, and emergency contacts change, it is important to notify the school's main office with the new information.
If your son/daughter has a specific health need that may require medical assistance during the school day (i.e., diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergies), your student may need an Individual Health Plan. The information in the plan is shared with the appropriate school personnel and advises them of the action to be taken if medical assistance is needed.
Early Childhood Programs through 12th Grade Immunization Requirements
Minnesota Law requires students to be immunized against certain diseases or sign a legal medical or conscientious exemption that is kept in the student health record. These requirements apply to all public schools, private schools, and home schools. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the school health office in order for the student to enroll or remain enrolled.
The Minnesota School Immunization Law has changed. These changes will take effect on September 1, 2014.
Immunization Requirements: To see all vaccine specific requirements for each grade and complete details on immunization requirements for early childhood programs through 12th grade for Fall 2014 and the 2014-2015 school year go to "Are Your Kids Ready for School?." Call your school nurse if you have questions about your child's immunization requirements.
Students in Early Childhood Programs are required to have:
Hepatitis A (need month/day/year)
Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) (need month/day/year)
Pneumococcal (At age 2-24 months) (need month/day/year)
DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) (need month/day/year)
Polio (need month/day/year)
Hepatitis B (need month/day/year)
MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) (need month/day/year)
Varicella (chicken pox disease) (need month/day/year) OR proof (need year) of chicken pox disease from the doctor
Students in Kindergarten are required to have:
5 doses of DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) with the last dose of the DTP vaccine given on or after their 4th birthday (need month/day/year)
4 doses of Polio with the the last dose of the Polio vaccine given on or after their 4th birthday (need month/day/year)
3 doses of Hepatitis B complete the Hepatitis B series (need month/day/year)
2 doses of MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) given after their 1st birthday (need month/day/year)
2 doses of Varicella (chicken pox disease) given after their 1st birthday (need month/day/year) OR proof (need year) of chicken pox disease from the doctor
Students in 1st through 6th grade are required to have:
DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) complete series (need month/day/year)
Polio complete series (need month/day/year)
Hepatitis B complete series (need month/day/year)
MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) complete series (need month/day/year)
Varicella (chicken pox disease) series (need month/day/year) OR proof (need year) of chicken pox disease from the doctor
Students in 7th grade are required to have:
3 doses minimum of DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) series (need month/day/year)
1 dose Tdap booster in place of the former Td booster (the Tdap includes pertussis/whooping cough) (need month/day/year)
3 doses minimum of Polio series (need month/day/year)
3 doses of Hepatitis B (need month/day/year)
2 doses of MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) series (need month/day/year)
2 doses of Varicella (chicken pox disease) series (need month/day/year) OR proof (need year) of chicken pox disease from the doctor
1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine
Students in 8th through 12th grade should have completed all vaccines as required in 7th grade.
See requirements above.
Where to get immunized:
- Go to your personal clinic/doctor
- Ramsey County has low cost immunization clinics. You may qualify for free or low cost vaccinations for your child. Go to "Can My Child Get Free or Low Cost Shots" to see if you qualify.
- For more information on Ramsey County Immunization Clinics, call 651-266-1234 or go to "Ramsey County Immunization Clinics" for more information.
Immunization Updates, information and form:
When your student receives any new immunizations, please notify your school health office so they can maintain accurate school immunization records.
- Student Immunization Form - This is the official form for recording immunizations and objections. You can also get a copy from your school health office.
- Are Your Kids Ready for School? for September 2014 - This explains all required immunizations.
- For further information on immunizations go to Minnesota Department of Health Immunization.
- For information on legal statutes go to Minnesota Department of Health Immunization Laws and Statutes.
Medications taken at school, prescribed by a physician, or over-the-counter, must be accompanied by a Medication Permission Form that is signed by a parent (and the physician for prescription medications). For the protection of our students, all medication will be stored in the School Health office. The exception to this are Epi-pen and inhalers (age 12 or older) with authorization from doctor, school nurse and parent.
All medication must come to school in a pharmacy-labeled bottle or the original container.
The prescription label for the school must include:
- student's name,
- medication name and dosage,
- time of day to be given, and
- doctor's name.
Most pharmacies, when asked, will provide an extra container to be kept at school.
ADDITIONAL LINKS to Forms & Useful Information
Health Office Forms
New Are Your Kids Ready for School? - Minnesota School Immunization Law.
Student Immunization Form - This is the official document for recording immunizations and objections for school.
Regular school attendance by students is linked to school success and academic achievement. School attendance is mandatory in Minnesota, and parents and school officials have the duty to see that a child attends school (see MN Statute 127.34 and 127.32 - Compulsory Attendance Law). Students are expected to be in school every day on time. We wish to work with parents and guardians so that their children have consistent attendance.
Attendance is directly related to student success. Attendance to school is mandated by law (Minnesota Statutes: 120A.22 COMPULSORY INSTRUCTION). Information on attendance laws can also be found on the Ramsey County Attorney's web site.
Why is attendance important? Students with good attendance are significantly more likely to succeed in school. "And, in a very practical and immediate way, school helps students attain a better quality of life. But it all starts with being in school."
Roseville Area Schools has successfully worked with the Ramsey County Truancy Intervention Program to improve school attendance. Initially the school works directly with each family on improving attendance by either calling or writing a letter to the parent / guardian, or trying various school based interventions. If improvements are not made, a referral is made and a meeting is held with the parents, selected staff, and the county attorney. The goal is to improve school attendance and help your child be successful in school.
- Family Truancy Intervention Project (FTIP) - This is a program to improve school attendance for students from Kindergarten until 12 years old.
- Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) - This is a program to improve school attendance for students 12 years old and older.
Early Childhood Programs and Screening
For questions about the District Early Childhood Programs, please see their site. Minnesota State Law requires that all preschoolers be screened before entering public and some private kindergartens. This service is free of charge.
Early Childhood Screening is an early look at a child's development. The ideal age for screening is 3-1/2 years old. This allows health and development concerns to be addressed one to two years before a child enters kindergarten. The screeners will ask your child to perform a variety of tasks to look at his/her ability. Developmental screening includes a vision screening that helps detect potential eye problems but is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. In addition, his/her hearing, height, and weight will be looked at during this time. The results of this screening will be discussed with Parent(s)/Guardian(s) that same day. Go to Early Childhood Screening Information for more information.
Do you have questions about your Child's Development? Minnesota Parents Know has a site that gives Developmental Milestones for ages newborn, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, and 5 years old. Just click on the age to see the information.
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