Health Action Plans
Care plans are specifically written for your child's unique need while in the school setting. Care plans allow school personnel to quickly respond to your child's needs so your child can return to classroom activities in a timely manner.
Each care plan must be signed by a physician, and parents need to update plans annually to ensure accurate information. Below are some options to use.
** Ask the doctor's office for your current Action Plan.
Dispensing medication is not the responsibility of the school. However, the school district recognizes that some students may require prescribed medication during the school day. In most cases, medication prescribed for three times a day does not need to be administered during school hours. It is most effective if administered every eight hours.
If it is essential a student take medication during the school day, the following protocol will be followed:
The school must be provided with written physician's authorization and permission from parent/guardian every school year in order to administer medication. (Download Authorization for Administration of Medication.)
Prescription medication must come to school in a pharmacy-labeled bottle. Medication will be administered according to written directions on the label.
Students may possess and use asthma medications as defined per Minn. Stat. 121A.221. The parent, school nurse, and doctor are involved in making this determination. Parents must notify the health office if their child will be carrying an inhaler or Epi-pen and also provide an extra inhaler or Epi-pen to be kept in the health office.
Administration of over-the counter medication (acetaminophen and ibuprofen) requires written authorization from a parent or legal guardian. In special situations, a verbal request from a parent will be acceptable and is to be followed with written authorization. (Download Authorization for Administration of Medication.)
An adult must bring student's medication to the office.
Complimentary and Alternative Medicines will not be administered.
We care about your child's safety: Narcotic pain medications will not be given at school, ie. Vicodin, Tylenol w/Codine, Percocet, Oxycodone, etc. If your child needs narcotic pain medication at school, he/she is not ready to return to school.
NOTE: You are in violation of state law if a student takes medication outside of the School Health Services office that has not been processed through that office and if required documentation/consent is not in place. This includes all nonprescription medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Authorization forms to give medication in school are available in each school's Health Services office, or the following form can be downloaded, completed and brought to the appropriate school office. If there is medication remaining at the end of the school year, please make arrangements for it to be picked up.
Potassium Iodide (KI) Administration
Because our community is located within the Emergency Planning Zone that surrounds the nuclear power plant in Monticello, Homeland Security Emergency Management has worked with our school district to prepare for emergency situations. One safety measure that has been implemented is the administration of KI (potassium iodide) in the event of a nuclear incident. If Public Health officials notify the district that it is appropriate to administer KI, the School Nurse and her designees would administer KI to those students who have consent to take KI. Below, you will find links to more information about KI and why it is taken in a nuclear event, as well as a consent form for your child.
Head lice are tiny insects that make their home in human hair. Anyone can get head lice and it is fairly common in school-age children.
Fact sheet and frequently asked questions about Head Lice.
This information was obtained from Minnesota Department of Health @ https://www.health.state.mn.us/index.html
Click here to see the relative size of lice eggs, nymphs and adults.
Illness: When should you keep your child home?
Immediate care at home will shorten the period of illness and prevent infection of schoolmates.
Children should stay home from school for the following reasons:
Temperature in the past 24 hours (must be fever free for 24 hours)
Temperature of 100 degrees or higher
Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
Sore throat or other signs of acute illness
Suspicious skin conditions/undiagnosed rash (or other conditions resulting in discharge or drainage)
If placed on antibiotics, a child must be on the antibiotics for at least 24 hours before returning to school.