Human Growth and Development Classes
Each school year, all 4th and 5th grade students receive Human Growth and Development Classes. We started 5th grade December and will continue with 4th grade in the near future. I will be conducting the classes with the boys and girls separately. If you have any questions regarding the class, please feel free to contact the school nurse for further information.
Please take Note of available assistance!
Children’s Dental Services will be providing free dental screening to students. The screening is done by a trained Dental Screener. Screening does not take the place of regular visits to your family’s dentist. Your child will be given a letter describing what was found during the screening. If Children’s Dental Services finds that your child needs early or urgent dental care, Children’s Dental Services will call your family to offer assistance with access to dental care.If you DO NOT want your child to have dental screening and receive a follow-up phone call from Children’s Dental Services, please contact your school's health office.
Dental-Many students are in need of dental care. In February FREE dental services for children in need will be available in many locations across the state through the "Give Kids a Smile" program. You need to register ahead of time though. On Jan. 1, a complete list of clinics will be posted at mndental.org/gkas. Please check the website after Jan. 1 and call the nearest clinic to secure an appointment for your child(ren). You can also call United Way 2-1-1 (just dial 2-1-1) or 800-543-7709 for assistance identifying a conveniently located clinic.
Vision- If you received a referral for your student to have further evaluation of their vision, and your insurance doesn't cover new glasses, please contact me. I have resources I can refer you to for free exams and glasses.
The cold weather is here without a doubt. Please remember these tips to stay healthy.
Please make sure that when you or the kids go outside, that appropriate winter clothes are being worn. Now that we have been through December, we tend to relax in the outerwear department. Mittens and hats get lost and it takes longer to put all those extra clothes on. Did you know that in really cold weather, any exposed flesh can freeze within a just a few minutes? Even in warmer temperatures, problems with frostbite or frostnip can still occur due to the wind chill effect. Mittens (not gloves), hats (to prevent major heat loss through the top of your head) and scarves (to cover the face where frostbite frequently occurs) are especially important to remember. In addition to preventing frostbite, these measures will also keep your body’s resistance up to avoid getting sick. Take those extra couple minutes as you go out the door to take inventory. It may reduce a lot of pain and suffering later on.
Too cold to play outside
Even though it’s winter, it’s still important to keep physically active. Here are some fun ways to stay fit indoors. These work for adults as well as kids. Make sure everyone gets some exercise.
- Dancing-Put on some music and move the furniture. Turn your living room into a disco floor. You could also join a dance class and learn to square dance or hip-hop as a family. It’s fun and will get you moving more than sitting on the couch.
- Swimming- Check out the nearest indoor pool for their open swim times. It’s great exercise for all ages and is easy on the joints for the grandparents who are unable to exercise in the traditional way.
- Bowling- Bowling is easy to learn and kids love it. Check the bowling alley for times when they have bumper bowling for even the really young kids. It’s great fun and you will laugh a lot-which is another great way to exercise.
- Mall Walking- It’s free and open early and late.
Keeping all these things in mind during the January cold will help everyone stay a little happier and a lot healthier in body and attitude.
Jody McDermott-Baty RN, LSN
Licensed School Nurse
General Health Information
Welcome to the health office! Health Services is open Monday-Friday during school hours, 8:55 a.m.-4:10 p.m.
*ISD191 is a NO Shots, NO School District. All students are required to be up to date on their immunizations or have appropriate exemption documentation signed to attend school. Please visit the MDH website to view the MN Immunization School Law requirements for each grade. **Link to Immunization Form
*First aid care is given for minor accidents. Parents will be notified in case of major accidents or illnesses. The school nurse is not able to provide doctor's care. Therefore if a student is injured at home or is ill, the parent/guardian should consult their child's physician. If you do not have medical insurance or have a barrier to accessing a physician, please see information on Diamondhead Clinic.
*Emergency contact forms are needed on every student to facilitate appropriate care for students who become ill or injured at school. Students can only be released to people that have been designated by parents and are listed on the emergency form. A parent signature is needed on this form. If the information changes during the school year, please notify the health office.
*Please do not send a student to school who is ill (fever over 100 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours) or have untreated injuries. Also, please keep your child home and inform the school nurse if they have other illnesses such as Strep Throat or Chickenpox. Please refer to Is My Child Well Enough to view some of the reasons to remain home.
*Inform the school nurse of any specific health conditions your student may have. This is extremely important for planning for an optimal learning environment for your child. The school nurse will work with you to put a plan in place to provide for the needs of your child which may include an Individualized Health Plan.
*The Health Office does not supply any medications for students. Any medication brought to school must come in the original container. All medications require a parent signature and a person licensed to prescribe medications such as a Physician or Certified Nurse Practitioner signature. Link to Medication Form
HEALTHY STUDENTS ARE BETTER LEARNERS! See link on influenza vs. a cold virus http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/flu/documents/sick.pdf
More information, including forms and policies is available on the District 191 Health Services website