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Health Office

Licensed School Nurse: Karen Ward, RN           Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 7:30-3:30

Education: College of St. Catherine, BA Nursing; University of Minnesota, MA Educational Psychology
In Minneapolis Public Schools: since 1988

Health Assistant: Jennie Smith          Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30-2:00

Phone: 612-668-3580, ask for the health office 
Fax: 612-668-3590

Attendance Line: 612-668-3588   If you child will be absent, please leave a message giving your child's name and reason for absence.

***Parents:  Medication Authorization Forms must be filed every year for any child that needs to take any medication during school (including over-the-counter medications).  Forms are available in the office or downloadable below.  Also see Taking Medicine in School, below.

Commonly Used Forms

Click on this link to download these commonly used forms:

  • Medication Consent Form
  • Annual Health Information Form
  • Immunization Documentation Form
  • Physical Exam Form

Illness and Communicable Disease

A child should not come to school (and will be sent home) for

  • a fever of 100 degrees F (orally) or higher in the past 24 hours WITHOUT fever-reducing medication
  • vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • an undiagnosed skin rash
  • untreated live head lice

Please notify the school if your child has a contagious condition like chicken pox, strep throat or head lice.  Click on the heading above for more information and specific guidelines for various communicable diseases.

Immunizations Needed for School

To go to school in Minneapolis, students must prove that they are up to date with their immunizations or that they are exempt from the requirements for medical reasons or the beliefs of the parent/guardian.  Click on the link above for more details on what is required.

Taking Medicine in School

Students who require medication to ge given during the school day must have written consent from a parent/guardian and health care provider.   Click on the link above for specific medication policies and procedures, and for medication consent forms.

Asthma

Here in the Barton Health Office, we follow the MPS Healthy Learners Asthma Initiative. This initiative was put in place several years ago to improve the management of students with asthma. Results of this model have been positive, with improved communication and collaboration between families, health care providers, and school, as well as decreased hospitalizations and absences due to asthma. Because of its success, this model has been adopted by other school districts here in MN.

If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, it is very important that you let the school know. Please contact Karen Ward, RN, School Nurse or Jennie Smith, Health Assistant, at 612-668-3580 to talk about your child's asthma and his or her needs. Even if your child only has asthma symptoms once in awhile, it is recommended that they have an inhaler or nebulizer medication available in school in case of asthma symptoms.

For additional information about asthma, asthma symptoms, medications and more, click on the links below.

Head Lice

The key to controlling head lice in school is continuous checking of all students at home.  All students should have their heads checked very carefully at home every week.  If nits are found, the hair should be thoroughly combed with a metal nit comb.  The combing should be done daily until all nits are gone.  If live lice are found, a lice treatment should be used followed by daily combing with the nit comb until all nits and lice are gone, or for a minimum of 2 weeks.  Once all nits and lice appear to be gone, weekly checks, or even weekly combing with the nit comb would be prudent.  If live lice are found, the student must stay home until he or she has been treated and the hair has been thoroughly combed.  All students with live lice should be retreated a 2nd time 7 to 10 days after the first treatment.  This is because lice treatments do not always kill 100% of live lice and viable nits.  Manual removal must also be done following the treatment.  If the nits are not removed, they will hatch and there will be a new infestation.  There are also now professional head lice removal salons. Although they are quite expensive, it is another option for treatment.

Please discourage your children from sharing personal items like combs, brushes, and hair styling tools, as well as hats, sweatshirts and jackets.  They should also avoid sitting head to head with other students.

Be sure to call the health office message line at 612-668-3588 to let us know if your child has head lice. 

Visit the Minnesota Dept. of Health website for more information: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/headlice/factsheet.html

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