Mrs. Kristin Jaakola

Mrs. Kristin Jaakola is our District Nurse from Robbinsdale Public Schools.
You may contact her via email:
kristin_jaakola@rdale.org

Health Services

Sacred Heart received “Health Services” through Robbinsdale Public Schools.  The Health Office is staffed by a first aid/CPR trained Health Services Assistant.  The assistant provides first aid, administers medications, assists with vision/hearing programs, and processes immunization forms.

 

A licensed school nurse is available to consult with parents upon request.  The nurse will assess individual student health needs, plan for students with disabilities and chronic health conditions, and participate in health education programs.

 

Emergency Information

An emergency form on each student is sent home in August of each year to be filled in and signed by the parent/guardian.  If changes occur during the year, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the school in writing or by phone.

 

Health Records

Health records are required for each student.  It is recommended that the student have physical before entering kindergarten or first grade, and again in fourth and seventh grades.  The State of Minnesota requires immunizations to be up-to-date.

 

Immunizations (Archdiocesan Policy #5810)

Sacred Heart School follows the requirements of the Minnesota School Immunization Law, (Minnesota Statutes Section 123.70).

 

All immunization dates are to be submitted to the school prior to the first day of school.  Parent/guardian is responsible for providing this information in writing to the school office, and to include additional immunizations each year as the family’s physician administers them to the student.  Conscientious exemption:  No student is required to have an immunization, which is contrary to the conscientiously held beliefs of his/her parent or guardian.

 

Minnesota statutes Section 121A.15 requires that all children who are enrolled in

a Minnesota school be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, peruses, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B* allowing for certain specified exceptions.

 

There are two circumstances under which evidence of immunization are not required.

·       A physician may submit a signed statement to the administrator of the school or childcare facility stating that an immunization is contraindicated for medical reasons or because of laboratory confirmation of adequate immunity.

·       A child's parent or guardian or an adult may submit a signed and notarized statement to the administrator of the school or child care facility stating that the person has not been immunized because of conscientiously held beliefs.  The immunizations(s) objected to must be specified in the statement.

 

 

Medication During a School Day  (Minnesota Statute 126.202)

A written statement is required of the parent/guardian who requests and authorizes the giving of medication in the dosage prescribed by the physician, thereby releasing school personnel from liability should reactions result from the medication.

 

Drugs or medicines must be in a container with a label prepared by a pharmacist.  Administration of the medication during school hours shall be by qualified personnel and in a manner consistent with instructions on the label.

 

Aspirin, cough drops, and similar over-the-counter medications should be considered the same as prescription medication.

 

Medication Procedures

(Follow District 281 guidelines:)

For the safety of your student it is essential that the following be observed when medication is to be given during the school.  It is usually possible to manage medication at home (medicine prescribed three times per day can be given before school, after school and at bedtime.)

1.   The school must have on file a completed medication consent form containing:

  • Student’s full name
  • Name of medication
  • Student’s name
  • Name of medication
  • Diagnosis
  • Time and directions for administration
  • Dosage and route of administration
  • Possible side effects
  • Termination date for administration
  • Signature of the doctor prescribing the medication
  • Parent/guardian

2.   Medication must be sent to school in the prescription bottle with the following information on the label (ask the pharmacist for a separate bottle for school):

  • Student’s full name
  • Name and dosage of medication
  • Time and directions for administration
  • Physician’s name
  • Date

3.   Medication will be taken by the student at the designated time and supervised by authorized personnel.

4.   Limited quantities of the medication should be sent to school.

5.   All medication administered at school will be kept in

  • A locked drawer, cabinet or file.
  • Diagnosis
  • Time and directions for administration
  • Dosage and route of administration
  • Possible side effects
  • Termination date for administration
  • Signature of the doctor prescribing the medication

6.    Parents must notify the school when the medication is discontinued or the dosage or time is changed.  If the medication is resumed, a new order must be received.

7.    No aspirin or over-the-counter medication will be administered to students unless the above provisions are followed.

8.    New consent forms with appropriate signatures must be received annually.

9.    Consent forms are available from the health services

office at your student's school.

10.  If you have any questions, please call your school nurse.

 

Food Allergies

Food allergies are treated on an individual basis.  Before the start of the new school year, call the school and request the forms needed for implementing an emergency health care plan.

The school requires the following:

  1. Two or more small pictures of your child so all staff will recognize the student.
  2. A signed letter from your doctor with instructions the school is to follow in the event that the student experiences an allergic reaction while at school.
  3. Two epinephrine kits, if prescribed, or other medication to be used if an allergic reaction occurs.
  4. A parent meeting with teacher and administration to discuss the emergency health care plan.

To help minimize the risk of an allergic reaction in a given classroom, food will be monitored fore snack, parties, and special events.  Food must come in the original packaging in order to distribute.

 

Health Screening  Annual vision, hearing, and scoliosis examinations are conducted by public school personnel for all students each school year, gr. 1-8.

 

Illness/Injury During School  If a student becomes ill or injured during the school day, a phone call will be made to the parent/guardian to come and pick up the child.  No over-the- counter medication, including aspirin, can be given to a student for any reason.  No student will be sent home without a parent/guardian's permission. If your child is sent home with flu/flu-like symptoms (i.e. vomiting, diarrhea, fever of 100 degrees or greater) it is necessary that your child stay out of school until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the help of medicine - over the counter or prescription.