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Healthy students are successful students

Our school staff provide a variety of services that support a healthy learning community. We are committed to providing students with health conditions access to their education by facilitating their independence and creating a community of support by working collaboratively with the student, their family and district staff. School nurses promote optimal student health for optimal learning. 

In-Person Attendance

Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic District 196 will be following the guidelines for attendance, exclusion and isolation established by the Minnesota Department of Health. Our nurses work with students and their families, staff and health care providers to develop plans supporting school attendance.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 Pandemic it is especially important that: 

  1. You continue to consult with your health care provider regarding well-visits and immunizations
  2. Maintain good hygiene
  • Wash hands, don't touch your face
  • Regularly practice social distancing
  • Wear a face mask in public
  • Stay home when you aren't feeling well
  • Stay away from others who are ill 

Establish healthy habits early to ensure your child’s success

Instilling healthy habits and routines (adequate sleep/nutrition) and consistent attendance ensures a student’s success in school even as early as kindergarten. We know that too many absences/tardies, for whatever reason, can cause children to fall behind both academically and socially.

The school district will follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health for recommended exclusion and notification for vaccine-preventable diseases including mumps, measles, rubella, pertussis, diphtheria, viral hepatitis, chickenpox and meningitis. Families will not be notified and students are not excluded for lice, pink eye or strep throat.

EHS Nurse:  Nicole Palmer

651-683-6917

The health office is located in the attendance office area.  The nurse’s office hours are 7am-3:00pm. The school nurse is available to coordinate and provide care for our students; Any student who is ill or in need of first aid should see the nurse. 

•  Students must have a pass from their teacher before reporting to the health office, unless it is an emergency. If a student wants to come to the health office between classes, he/she must obtain a pass from the teacher of the next hour’s class.

•  Students may not leave school or arrange for their own ride home without first reporting to the nurse. The school nurse will assess the illness and call if necessary. If this procedure is not followed, the absence will be considered unexcused and the possibility of a disciplinary action may follow. 

Please remember that when students are sick, they are required to report to the Health Office prior to being released from school. There is a student phone located there to facilitate timely communication with parents and the nurse. A parent or guardian MUST release a student by phone or in person, before the student can leave the building.

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