Nurse's Office

Our school nurses do more than care for our children when they are sick. Some of their duties include: administer prescription and emergency medication; report immunization compliance to MN Health Dept.; check and monitor AED machines; attend IEP meetings;  provide vision and hearing screening; arrange CPR classes for school staff; work with Public Health; facilitate flu clinics and listen to parent concerns.

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High School Nurse: Chris Voeltz/Mindy Grabau

507-867-4210, x 5056 

When A Student Is Ill…

 When a student is sick, parents often wonder whether or not to keep a child at home from school.  

If a child stays home and has the care he/she needs when first sick, he/she will often get better faster.  Staying home and resting will help the body fight the sickness.  Staying at home is also one of the best ways to keep others from becoming ill.

 Reasons why children should stay at home:

  • Severe colds, coughs, or sore throats
  • Eye infections, especially if discharge is present
  • New skin rashes, especially if draining-unless a health care provider states the rash is NOT contagious.
  • Temperature of 101° or more-with or without symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain
  • Any other symptom of illness that would keep them from participating in regular school activities.
  • Until results of lab tests (example: throat culture, nasal swab) are known.

Children may return to school when:

  • Well enough to participate in normal school activities
  • Temperature remains normal for 24 hours
  • Free of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours
  • On antibiotics prescribed by your health care provider, such as;
  •       24 hours for strep throat
  •       5 days for pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Your health care provider states your child can return.

What should I tell my child’s school?

  • If your child has been diagnosed by a doctor or clinic please inform the school of the diagnoses.
  • If your child has fever and a sore throat or cough let the school know the child has flu-like symptoms.


Hopefully, the above guidelines will be help you decide whether or not your child should be in school.