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Health Services

Health Services

New Life Academy has a full time licensed school nurse on staff during the school days. The school nurse is here to help with:

  • Caring for students with illness, accidents, and injuries
  • Medication administration
  • Immunization review and compliance monitoring
  • Creation and implementation of individual health plans and emergency care plans
  • Prevention and control of communicable diseases
  • Vision and hearing screening
  • Other services to promote health and maintain wellness so students can learn

Healthy students are better learners.

The ability to see and hear adequately are directly linked to academic success. Vision and hearing screening is done for 1 stgrade students and color vision for 1 st grade boys each year. Students in Grades 3 and 5 have vision screening done each year.

Additional vision or hearing screening may be requested by teacher, parent, or student or when a student is referred for evaluation of learning difficulties. Parents will be notified of students who do not pass screening via a referral form that the health care provider completes and then once complete it is returned to the school health office.

If a student has any of the following, he/she must stay home from school:

  • Fever of 100° F or greater in the last 24 hours without using any fever reducing medications
  • Vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours
  • Rash (until diagnosed)
  • New antibiotic within the past 24 hours for any contagious illness (e.g. strep throat)
  • Suspected contagious illness (until diagnosed)
If your child has a diagnosis of:

Whooping Cough/Pertussis
Student must stay home while waiting for test results. If diagnosed, student must not return to school until 5 days after beginning antibiotic treatment.

Lice
Student must stay home until treated and all live lice and nits are removed with comb, and health office staff has approved their return.

Pink Eye
Student must not return to school until antibiotic drops have been used for at least 24 hours.

Minnesota State Law requires that all children enrolled in preschool, elementary, or secondary school to be completely immunized or have a documented exemption on file.

Parents may obtain a legal exemption for medical or conscientiously held beliefs. It is necessary to provide documentation of the exemption. A medical exemption, including documentation of a history of chicken pox, requires a doctor’s signature (see section 2A of the Student Immunization Record).

A conscientious objection requires a notarized parent signature which is also on the Student Immunization Record under section 2B.

All students must have a current Immunization Record on file at the school they attend. Please see the forms and policies page for the appropriate forms.

For their own safety, as well as the safety of the entire student body, students may not carry their own medications.

Students may be given prescription medication by the Health Office staff if the medication is provided  and a medication/procedure authorization form is completed (including a signature from a licensed health care provider and a parent). Medications must be labeled and in their original container.

In some circumstances, as approved by a physician and the NLA Health Office, a student will be allowed to carry and administer their own perscibed medications.

Self-Administration Form (to carry Epi-pen or inhaler in school):
Students in Grades 7-12 (and elementary students if deemed necessary by their doctor) may carry their own Epi-pen or inhaler with them. Please note this requires a licensed healthcare provider’s signed approval. The Authorization to Self-Carry Medication Form is required if a student wants to carry his/her own Epi-pen or inhaler. All other prescribed medication must be kept in the health office.

Please visit the Forms and Policies page for all health forms.

School Physicals:

South Washington County Schools encourages periodic physical exams for the health and wellness of all students. It is recommended that students see their health care provider for physicals before entering Kindergarten, 4th, 7th and 10th grades. Please return the completed physical exam to the NLA Health Office.

Sports Physicals:

Students participating in sports are required to have a physical exam on file that was performed within the last three years. A completed Sports Qualifying Exam Form must be on file in the student health record.

Please visit the Forms and Policies page to access all physical forms.

Special Health Concerns

Health Office staff strives to assist and strengthen the student’s learning process by accommodating any existing health conditions. Please complete the appropriate questionnaires to assist staff in making decisions regarding the best plan for your child. If deemed appropriate, an Individualized Health Plan (IHP) will be created detailing the steps we will take to accommodate your child’s health needs.

Please access the Forms and Policies page for all health-related questionnaires.

Action Plans:

Action plans for asthma, diabetes, seizures, anaphylaxis and allergic reactions are provided and completed by your health care provider. It provides us with the plan to implement in case your child would experience any symptoms or problems while at school

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For questions or to provide student-related information to Health Office personnel, please contact us at:

Liz Brennan, RN, PHN
Licensed School Nurse

(651) 757-4330