Health Services

Health Services promotes the health and safety of the school age child to minimize or eliminate health related barriers to learning. Required heath forms for students attending Lakeville Area Public Schools are available below.

Health Forms & Information

Food Allergy Awareness

If you have concerns regarding any dietary issues such as food allergies or sensitivities, please contact your child’s school Nutrition Manager. It is important to be aware that products and ingredients are frequently changing; therefore it is recommended that you routinely consult with your Nutrition Managers in the school kitchens where food labels are available for your review. Lakeville Area Public Schools has resource guidelines for supporting children with life threatening allergies available below.

Our Staff

The Health Assistant is an integral part of the health services team. Health assistants are medically trained personnel who provide first aid support for students and staff, perform delegated nursing procedures, assist with screenings, organize and maintain the health room and keep the school nurse informed of the buildings needs and areas of concern. The District School Nurse provides direct professional support and service to students, families and staff. They assess the health needs of students and staff, make appropriate referrals and do follow up. They function as a member of the building staff and are a liaison between other health care professionals, educators, students and their families.

Administration of Medication in School

In compliance with federal, state and nursing laws there will be some changes in the handling of medications through out the district. The changes are as follows:

  1. All medications must be delivered to the Health Office by a parent or designated adult during school hours.
  2. The Health Assistant and parent will count all medications brought in to the Health Office at the time of delivery.
  3. All medications must come in the appropriately labeled bottles for the student (Tylenol in the Tylenol bottle, etc.). Prescribed medications must come in the original prescription bottle.
  4. All medications needed during the school day will require both parent permission and a doctor’s order.
  5. Student’s should not carry medications on themselves or in their backpack. All medications should be kept in the Health Office till time of administration.
  6. Physician’s orders are required for all changes in medications, or changes in dosage presently being given in school.
  7. A physician’s order will be necessary in order for the Health Office to give an added dose of a medication when it is forgotten at home.
  8. Parents will be notified when a medication is missed at school. The parent and Health Office personnel will then decide if the dosage should still be given. If the Health Office is unable to reach the parent, the LSN assigned to the building will make the decision.
  9. Due to nursing licensure, when the Health Office is asked to give a medication or perform a nursing treatment in school, we will require written parent’s permission to access the prescribing physician regarding the order given. Nurses must work under a physician’s guidance.
  10. Parent permission forms and physician orders must be renewed yearly.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact your Health Office.

Immunization Information

Minnesota statutes 121A.15 and Minnesota rules Part 4604.0100 require that all children who are enrolled in a Minnesota school be immunized before starting school. These requirements can be waived only for medical reasons or if you are conscientiously opposed to a particular immunization. Student schedules will be withheld and student will not be allowed to start school if proof of immunization has not been presented to the Health Office.

List of required immunizations translated into other languages, and additional immunization info on the Minnesota Department of Health.

Required Immunizations

Lakeville Area Public Schools has joined the growing number of school districts through out the state of Minnesota who participates in the No Shots-No School Program. This program (which follows state law Minnesota statutes 121A.15 and Minnesota rules Part 4604.0100) has schools and local clinics working together to see that all students in our district are properly immunized before starting school in the fall. The program provides barrier free access to immunizations for families without insurance and /or a family clinic.

Check now with your family doctor or clinic to see if your child(ren) has all the immunizations that are required for their age level. If the student receives an immunization during the summer months, send by mail or drop off at the school the date (day, month and year) of the shot received. If you have questions or do not have insurance contact the nurse at your child’s school for assistance. Leave a message and phone number where you can be reached and the nurse will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you do not wish to have your child(ren) immunized due to medical or conscientious reasons you can pick up an exemption form at your child’s school. Fill out the form including reason for exemption, have it notarized, and then return to the school your child(ren) will be attending in the fall.

Immunization Clinics

Dakota County offers immunization clinics for persons 18 years of age and younger. These clinics are an affordable opportunity for those families who may not have health coverage for their child’s immunizations.

Where: Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley, Minnesota
Phone: 952-891-7500
Online: www.co.dakota.mn.us/public_health/Immunizations/ImmunizationInfo.htm

Other Vaccine Information

Getting immunized is a lifelong, life protecting job. Besides those required to attend school in Minnesota, there are other vaccinations the Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] recommends for adolescents. Check these out and talk to your health care provider about their importance in your child’s life.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by infection with the Hepatitis A virus. This vaccination is now recommended for all children at one year of age. Individuals who travel to countries with high or intermediate prevalence of Hepatitis A, such as Central or South America, Mexico, Asia, Africa, or Eastern Europe are also recommended to receive the Hepatitis A vaccination. It is also recommended that individuals receive the Hepatitis A Vaccine if you live in an area where the prevalence of the disease is high. Hepatitis A vaccine is given in two doses, 6 months apart from each other.

Human Papilloma Virus

Human Papilloma Virus [HPV] is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. Most HPV infections don’t cause any symptoms, and go away on their own. However HPV can cause cervical cancer in women. Cervical cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer among women in the world. Cervical Cancer can be prevented with the three dose series of the HPV vaccine. HPV vaccine is routinely recommended for girls 11-12 year of age.

Meningitis

Bacterial Meningitis is a serious illness; an infection of fluid surrounding the brain and the spinal cord. Anyone at any age can get it, but it is most common in infants and others with medical conditions. College freshman living in close contact in dormitories have been found to have an increased risk of getting meningitis. This vaccine is routinely recommended for all children between 11-12 years at their seventh grade physical or for older adolescents.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis causes severe coughing spells, vomiting and disturbed sleep. In 2004 there were more than 25,000 cases of pertussis in the United States. More than 8,000 of these cases were among adolescents and more than 7,000 were among adults. Up to 2 in 100 adolescents and 5 in 100 adults were hospitalized or had complications related to pertussis. The additive of pertussis is recommended when students receive their tetanus and diphtheria booster between the ages of 11-12 years of age.

Remember, these are not required for school entry. We are sharing information provided about Vaccine Recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] to keep students healthy for a lifetime. Please talk to your health care provider about indications for your child.

Information Logged on Students

Pupil Health Record:

The pupil health record is an accurate, efficient system for the collection of health data. Information pertinent to the student to ensure a student’s safety in school is requested upon entrance into Lakeville Area Public Schools. Parents are then encouraged to notify the Health Office when the student has experienced a medical condition that would affect the student’s safety in school or ability to learn. Information is considered confidential and shared only with school personnel on a need to know basis. Also included in the health record is medical information that is observed at school.

Emergency Cards:

Emergency cards are provided yearly to parents so student information is current and accurate. They are sent home the first week of school, should be filled out updating requested information and newly diagnosed medical conditions, then returned to the Health Office. Parent signature on the back of the Emergency Card is required if the parent would like Tylenol administered to their student at school. (Physicians order is also required)

Individual Health Plan:

An IHP is developed for students with chronic health concerns when the District Nurse discerns that the health problem could affect the student’s education. The IHP will be a part of the Health Record and include the care plan, modifications needed, and an evaluation process.

Emergency Care Plan:

An emergency care plan will be developed for students who have health concerns that could lead to an emergency situation. The plan will include student’s name, medical complication, emergency procedures to be followed, person(s) responsible for responding and evaluation process.

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