We recognize that healthy children are better learners. Our district nurses and school-based health paraprofessionals work collaboratively to promote the health and safety of our students.
The role of district nurses
Our district nurses provide care in concert with health paraprofessionals for students at all schools. They perform the following services.
- provide needed physical assessment, direct nursing care and specialized health procedures to students and staff
- develop and assist with the implementation of individual health plans for students with chronic health conditions
- train and support school staff to assist students' needs as identified by their health plans
- serve as in-house resources, liaisons and advocates for students, parents and community service organizations regarding individual and general health care issues
The role of health paraprofessionals
Our health paraprofessionals work in the school health offices under the supervision of the district nurse. They are certified in CPR and First Aid and receive targeted health education on pertinent school health-related topics such as diabetes, anaphylaxis, asthma and epilepsy. They perform the following services.
- provide direct care to students who become ill during the school day
- administer medications
- assist district nurses with the prevention and control of communicable diseases
- distribute communicable disease information to school staff and parents as needed
- assist with vision and hearing screening programs
Dawn Willson, RN, PHN, LSN
Health Services Supervisor
Kari Feia, RN, PHN, LSN, MA
Wayzata Early Learning School, East Middle School, Greenwood and Oakwood Elementary Schools
Lynda Lankford, RN, PHN, LSN, MEd
Birchview, Gleason Lake, Central and West Middle Schools
Melissa Wilson, RN, PHN, LSN
Kimberly Lane, Plymouth Creek, Sunset Hill and Meadow Ridge Elementary Schools
Jean Parsons, RN, PHN, LSN
Wayzata High School
Natalie Sullivan, RN, PHN, LSN
District Screening Nurse
- Early Learning School Paraprofessional
- Elementary School Health Paraprofessionals
- Secondary School Health Paraprofessionals
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Gleason Lake, LPN
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Cindy Auer, RN
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Central Middle School
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East Middle School
Trudy Namur, LPN
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West Middle School
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Wayzata High School
Sheila Moran-LaPlant, LPN
Please report student absences online through Skyward Family Access
- When to keep your child home from school
- Health & Emergency Information
- Medications at School
- Student Health Plans
- Health Screening
- Health and Medical Websites
The following recommendations are suggested to guide decision-making regarding exclusion of ill children. The intent of exclusion is to promote a healthy school environment by preventing exposure and spread of illness. Please report all illnesses or health conditions to the Health Service. When parents are called about a child who has become ill during the school day, it is the expectation that the child will be picked up within one hour. Parent cooperation is appreciated. If you have questions about these guidelines, please call one of the District Nurses.
Oral temperature of 101° F or higher. Exclude children with any axillary temperature of 100° F or higher. The student should not return to school until fever free (without medication) for 24 hours.
Two or more episodes in the previous 24 hours. The student should not return to school until vomiting or urge to vomit stops or until a medical exam indicates this is not due to a communicable disease.
Increased number of stools compared with a person's normal pattern, along with watery stools and/or decreased stool form. The student should not return to school until the diarrhea stops or until a medical exam indicates this is not due to a communicable disease.
Rashes may be caused by many different conditions including illness, allergies or specific skin conditions. The student should not return to school until a medical evaluation indicates the symptoms are not communicable.
Thick mucus or purulent discharge that causes matting of the eyelids: pain or redness of eyelids. Student may return after medical evaluations indicate the symptoms are not communicable or 24 hours after treatment has started if diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis.
Signs/Symptoms of Possible Severe Illness
Uncontrolled coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, unusually tired, persisted crying, unusual color (e.g. jaundice). The student may return after symptoms dissipate and/or medical evaluation determines the student is healthy and/or not communicable.
Mouth Sores with Drooling
Until a medical exam indicates the child may return.
The District asks that all parents enter Skyward Family Access and update their contact and health information, including emergency contact information, which should be a family member or responsible adult other than parents or guardians.
In order for students to enroll or remain enrolled in elementary or secondary schools, Minnesota state law (Minnesota Statute 121A.15) requires documentation of required immunizations or written proof of exemption. Students will not be allowed to start school or remain in school until the required immunization history or a signed legal exemption is provided to the district.
Are Your Kids Ready for School? (Describes the minimum immunizations required the State of Minnesota.)
Where can I go to receive vaccinations for my child?
It is best to receive vaccinations from your primary care provider, but in the event that you are unable to see your primary provider or if you do not have insurance that covers the cost of vaccinations, the Wayzata School District is a participant in the Park Nicollet Barrier Free Immunization Initiative. This program allows immunization-only visits on a same-day appointment basis, immunizes children without a doctor visit and provides immunizations with no direct charge to families. Please visit the Park Nicollet Foundation website for a complete list of participating clinics.
You can also visit the Hennepin County Public Health Clinic if you do not have insurance coverage for vaccines.
Pupil Health Immunization Record – for students in kindergarten through Grade 12. This document includes the legal exemption to school immunization.
Authorization for Administration of Medication at School
This form is required for all medications administered at school beyond two weeks duration. Exception: See over-the-counter authorization forms for middle and high school students.
Authorization for Health Care Procedures / Treatments
Parents requesting that specialized health care procedures be administered by a licensed school nurse (LSN) or personnel delegated by the LSN are required to provide annual written permission from both the licensed prescriber and parent or guardian.
Each school year, students participate in grade-level health screening. Students also receive hearing and/or vision screening upon request from their parents or guardians or if the teacher suspects that there may be a hearing or vision concern that is affecting the student's ability to learn.
If your child does not pass any part of the hearing and vision screening, health office staff will re-screen to verify the results. If the student does not pass the second screening following the MN Department of Health guidelines, a letter will be sent home with the student outlining the findings and recommendation for follow-up with a physician.
If at any time you question your child's hearing or vision, feel free to contact the health office.
If you do not wish for your child to receive health screening, please inform your school health office.
These websites are resources for some common medical questions and conditions. They are not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. Always check with your medical provider with questions regarding specific treatment.