Angie Mahowald RN, LSN
Woodland Elementary has a Licensed School Nurse (LSN) in the building from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each student day. Licensed School Nurses are Registered Nurses (RNs) and must possess a 4-year Bachelor's degree in nursing, have public health certification, and meet additional educational requirements set forth by the Minnesota Department of Education. The purpose of the school health program is to facilitate and strengthen the educational process by protecting and improving the health status of students.
At the beginning of each school year parents are given Emergency Cards to complete for each child. Parents should provide their contact information including home, work, cell, and pager numbers, as well as two alternate contacts in case parents cannot be reached. Please be sure to inform Woodland of any changes in phone numbers throughout the school year. If a student becomes ill or injured during the school day, the parent or guardian will be notified so arrangements can be made for the child to be taken home.
Parents should keep the nurse informed and up-to-date regarding their children's health status, including chronic health concerns, medications, immunizations, injuries, surgeries, etc. Parents are encouraged to provide information on their child's emergency card, use the voice mail system, send notes, or simply call Woodland to contact the nurse.
Parent cooperation is essential to help maintain a safe and healthy learning environment at Woodland. Students should be kept home from school if they havehad any vomiting or diarrhea, or a temperature of 100.0°F or higher, in the past 24 hours. Students should not return to school until their temperature has been normal, without any fever-reducing medication, for a full 24 hours. Parents should notify the school if their child develops a communicable illness such as strep throat, chicken pox, head lice, influenza, impetigo, Fifth disease, pink eye, or pertussis.
If a child requires medication at school the following must be provided to the nurse:
1. A signed note from parents indicating type and dosage of medication and time it is to be administered.
2. Medications must be in the original properly labeled bottle.
3. If the medication is to be administered for longer than 2 weeks, a written order from the physician is also required.
Annual health screenings are conducted on all students to detect potential impairments that may interfere with a child's ability to learn. Hearing screenings are conducted on kindergarten, second, and fourth grade students. Vision screens are conducted on first, third, and fifth grade students.
Parents will be notified if their child's screening results indicate a professional exam is necessary. Screenings can be conducted at any time a parent or teacher has a concern.
Call: (651) 683-6990