students in health class on laptops

Licensed school nurses provide a variety of services that support a healthy learning environment for all students and staff in District 196. Each day, District 196 school nurses assist with more than 2,500 student visits. For more information, email our Health Services Coordinator, Deb Mehr, RN, LSN, or call her at 651-423-7909.

Establish healthy habits early to ensure your child’s success

Instilling healthy habits and routines (adequate sleep/nutrition) and consistent attendance ensures a student’s success in school even as early as kindergarten. We know that too many absences/tardies, for whatever reason, can cause children to fall behind both academically and socially.

Guidelines for whether or not to send your child to school

We want children in school and ready to learn all of the time, but we recognize it can sometimes be difficult for parents to determine when their child should stay home. The following guidelines have been established to help parents decide when their children should remain at home. They may need to rest at home if they have:

  • Fever;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea, or are
  • Not feeling well enough to participate in the school day.

When your child is feeling ill please don’t hesitate to call the school nurse with questions or concerns. We would prefer the child remain at home for 24 hours after the symptoms have subsided. This helps prevent the spread of communicable diseases and allows the student the opportunity to rest and recover fully from the illness.

The school district will follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health for recommended exclusion and notification for vaccine-preventable diseases including mumps, measles, rubella, pertussis, diphtheria, viral hepatitis, chickenpox and meningitis. Families will not be notified and students are not excluded for lice, pink eye, or strep throat.