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School Nurses

Thomas Lake Elementary School Nurse

Susan Schaenzer

Susan Schaenzer RN, LSN
Office Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: 651-683-6892
Fax: 651-683-6884
VM: 651-683-6969 Ext. 36892
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Whooping Cough

Infants younger than 6 months of age have little or no immunity to pertussis, and they account for most pertussis-related hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. Adult or adolescent contacts are often the source of pertussis for infants. To help protect these vulnerable infants and prevent pertussis in schools, Dakota County Public Health is encouraging Tdap vaccination for all eligible people - especially healthcare workers, parents and prospective parents, immediate and extended family members of infants, babysitters, and childcare providers. For more information on Tdap vaccination visit the Dakota County website

The Dakota County Public Health Department has low-cost vaccines for adults and children who do not have health insurance that covers vaccinations.  Call 952-891-7999 to get more information, find out the walk-in clinic schedule, or schedule an appointment.

Pertussis Parent FAQ Sheet

County and state health departments recommend second dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine

Due to a growing number of cases of chicken pox among students in some District 196 schools, the Dakota County Public Health Department and Minnesota Department of Health are recommending that a second dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine be administered to all students who have had just one dose. Beginning this fall, a new state law will require two doses of varicella vaccine for all incoming kindergarten and 7th grade students, unless the student is medically exempt or their parents conscientiously object by notarized statement to the school.
  • If your child has had a confirmed case of chicken pox already or shingles, they are considered immune and do not need the vaccine.
  • If your child has not had chicken pox and has not yet received one dose of varicella vaccine, the recommendation would be to begin the two-dose varicella immunization series.
  • If your child has received only one dose of varicella vaccine, the county and state health departments recommend they receive a second dose now (it will be required anyway before entering 7th grade).
Please update your child's immunization record with the school nurse every time your child receives a vaccination, including this recommended second dose of varicella vaccine. For more information about chicken pox, see the fact sheet developed by the Dakota County Public Health Department. provided by the Dakota County Public Health Department.


Healthy students are better learners

Keep your child home from school when:

  • They have experienced vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours;
  • They have had a fever of 100.0 degrees or more within the last 24 hours;
  • They have signs of contagious diseases such as strep throat, pink eye, impetigo, ringworm, etc. - children may return to school after they have been on medication for 24 hours;
  • They are waiting for a strep throat culture to be read;
  • They have head lice- children may return to school when 1st treatment completed and no live lice are present. Re treat in 10-14 days.   See district web site: www.district196.org/headlice , or
  • They have had chicken pox for 7-10 days or until scabs are dry.

Contact your school nurse if you have other questions or refer to the school handbook for more information.

The mission of the school nurse is to facilitate and strengthen the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of students. School nurses identify and assist the removal or modification of health-related barriers to learning.



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