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A Note from the School Nurse
Mrs. Lanae Dixon

During these winter months, we are reminded of the joys of the cold and flu season ahead of us. Listed below you will find a brief review of our health policies. I am looking forward to working with you for the health and safety of your student. Have a great school year!

Student shall be excluded from all school activities for the following reasons:

  • If a student has a temperature above 100º F in the past 24 hours.
  • If a student has vomited in the past 24 hours.
  • If a student has an active case of headlice.
  • If a student has a contagious infection (ie. Pinkeye, impetigo, etc.) they must be excluded until they have received 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.
  • If a student's immunizations are not current.

Parents are reminded that the school needs to have a Health Information form completed for the current school year on file, along with a current Emergency Card on file. Please contact the health office with any changes to this information that may occur during the school year.  Please be advised that students who are sent home from school during the school day must be picked up within 60 minutes of notification by school personnel. Students who are sent home during the school day may not return without approval by school personnel.

Please remember that we are working together to decrease the number and severity of illnesses that our students encounter. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at 218-746-2114 or visit the Minnesota Department's Web site. 

 

Whooping Cough
 Whooping cough?  Whooping cough is an illness caused by the bordetella pertussis bacteria.  Symptoms may start with a runny nose, sneezing, mild cough, and possibly a low grade fever.  After a week or two, a persistent cough develops, which may occur in explosive bursts, sometimes ending in a high-pitched whoop and vomiting.  Coughing attacks may occur more frequently at night.  The coughing attacks usually increase during the first two weeks of illness and then remain the same for two or three more weeks before gradually decreasing.  Some people, particularly infants, may develop pneumonia and ear infections.  Pertussis can occur in vaccinated children, but the illness is usually milder.  Whooping cough (pertussis) is spread when a person with pertussis coughs or sneezes tiny droplets with pertussis bacteria into the air and another person breathes them in.  Still, the vaccine, known as DTaP, provides protection against pertussis along with diphtheria and tetanus.  It’s typically given as three shots at roughly 2, 4 and 6 months of age; a fourth shot is given between ages 15 and 18 months, and a fifth between 4 and 6, before children start school. 

 

Varicella dose 2: Recommended now, required in fall, 2009

Two doses of varicella vaccine will be required for entry into kindergar­ten and 7th grade in Minnesota for fall 2009, and two doses are recom­mended for those age groups now. ACIP recommended a second dose of varicella in June 2006, and a second dose was to have been added to the school law in September 2008. However, that was delayed by vac­cine shortages. Note that Minnesota’s School Immunization Law does not include a catch-up requirement for varicella. Nevertheless, health care providers should take the opportunity to give the second dose in any patient who has only received one dose of varicella.

Non-Prescription Med Permission
A written permission slip must be signed in order for the Nurse to give any student non-prescription medicine. Click on this link for the form.

Staph infection

How to protect your family from MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.)?

  • Families of school age children
  • Students involved in sports

Please click on the following link to obtain important information about this skin infection.  http://www.cdc.gov/Features/MRSainSchools/

Prescription Permission

Physician Order for Medication Administration at school

Contact Information
"Nurse Jessica"
(218) 746-2114
jnylund@pillager.k12.mn.us

 

Are you kids ready for school
MN Department of Health guidelines on immunizations