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 their health and educational plans (IHP, 504, IEP);and
- 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:
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.
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.
K-12 Immunization Requirements
MN School Immunization Law requires documentation (statement of month/day/year) of students' immunizations prior to the entrance of school. Requirements vary by grade, however, all students enrolled in school must have their proof on record in the school health office.
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.
For Kindergarten enrollment, completely immunized means:
5 doses of DPT (diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus) (need month/day/year)
4 doses of polio (need month/day/year)
2 doses of MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) given after 12 months of age (need month/day/year)
2 doses of Varicella (need month/day/year) or proof (need year) of chicken pox disease
3 doses of Hepatitis B (need month/day/year).
Students in 7th grade will need all of the above immunizations PLUS:
A second dose of MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) (need month/day/year)
2 doses of Varicella (need month/day/year) or proof (need year) of chicken pox disease
1 dose Td (tetanus, diphtheria) or Tdap booster (need month/day/year)
3 doses of Hepatitis B are required (need month/day/year)
Please download the Pupil Immunization Record form from the Minnesota Department of Health OR request the form from your child's school health office. The Pupil Immunization Record is the official document for recording immunizations and objections. To access the Minnesota Department of Health documents, click on the following:
Are Your Kids Ready for School? Minnesota’s School Immunization Law
Pupil Immunization Record form OR request the form from your child's school health office. The Pupil Immunization Record is the official document for recording immunizations and objections. If any parent/guardian objects to immunizations for either medical or personal reasons, a notarized statement on the Pupil Immunization Record form is needed regarding the specific immunization(s) their child will not be receiving.
Immunizations can be obtained at your personal clinic and also at any Ramsey County Public Health clinic at a low cost. To access information on these clinics, please call 651-266-1234.
- 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.
- Ramsey County offers low cost immunizations for infants, children and some adults who are uninsured, whose insurance does NOT cover immunizations, or those who are unable to access services. Go to "Ramsey County Immunization Clinics" for more information, or call 651-266-1234.
When your student receives any new immunizations, please notify your school health office so they can maintain accurate immunization records.
For further state immunization information visit the Minnesota Department of Health Immunization site
For information on legal statutes visit the Minnesota Statutes, Laws, and Rules site
For School District information, call 651-482-5280.
If any parent/guardian objects to immunizations for either medical or personal reasons, a notarized statement from them is needed regarding the specific immunization(s) their child will not be receiving.
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.
Medications that are designated to be given "three times/day" can be given outside the regular school day, such as before school, after school, and before bed.
ADDITIONAL FORMS/LINKS to Forms & Useful Information:
Health Office Forms
Attendance - Roseville Area Schools Procedures
Minnesota Department of Health's Are Your Kids Ready for School? is Minnesota’s School Immunization Law.
Minnesota Department of Health Pupil Immunization Record. The Pupil Immunization Record is the official document for recording immunizations and objections.
Our school district works together with the Ramsey County Attorney and their Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) to assist families and students when the school has identified attendance concerns. For more information about Minnesota's compulsory attendance law, importance of attendance, and the TIP and Family TIP (FTIP), please go to their web site.
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. Nurses/teachers 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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