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Health Services

Licensed school nurses provide a variety of services that support a healthy learning environment for all students and staff in District 196. If your student has a health condition that could result in an emergency (for example, serious allergy with epi pen, diabetes, seizure disorder or asthma) or has a health condition requiring accommodations (for example, medication administration, treatments or restrictions) contact the school nurse before the school year starts or as soon as the condition develops.

Our school and district websites have the necessary forms for you and your child’s physician to complete.

Learn more about available District 196 health services > 
 
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Portrait of Angie Mahowald, school nurse.

Contact

Angela Mahowald,
Woodland Elementary School Nurse

651-683-6993
Angela.Mahowald@district196.org

Healthy students are successful students

Licensed school nurses provide a variety of services that support a healthy learning environment for all students and staff in District 196. Each day, our school nurses assist with more than 2,500 student visits. We are committed to providing students with health conditions access to their education by facilitating their independence and creating a community of support by working collaboratively with the student, their family and district staff. School nurses promote optimal student health for optimal learning. 

Attendance

All students are welcome in school. There are no exclusions for health conditions or illness, unless directed by the Minnesota Department of Health or Centers for Disease Control. Our nurses work with students and their families, staff and health care providers developing accommodations for school attendance. 

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.

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.

Illness and injury

In cases of illness or significant injury at school, a parent or guardian will be contacted by the school health office. If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the emergency contact will be called. The emergency contact must be willing and able to provide transportation and supervision of the student. It is important the parent/guardian and emergency contact information is current for all students. If no one can be reached, 911 will be contacted as necessary. Please keep your contact and emergency contact information up to date.

Immunizations

In order for students to enroll or remain enrolled in elementary or secondary school, Minnesota law requires documentation of required immunizations, written proof of exemption or conscientious objection. Students will not be allowed to start school until this information is returned to the health office. Your child can meet the immunization requirements through being fully immunized, providing a signed medical exemption letter or through a notarized conscientious objection. 

Learn more about immunization requirements >

Medications

To ensure students receive needed medication and that it is not misused, the school district has developed rules for the administration of medication in school. Please note the following points:

  • All medication must be kept in the office of the school nurse and must be administered by the school nurse or other appropriate school personnel unless there is authorization for self-carry/self-administration on file with the health office.
  • Medication guidelines:
    • A completed Prescription Medication Authorization Form from a student’s parent or guardian and
      • Medication in a prescription bottle or original container is required before a school nurse will give a student prescription or non-prescription medication
      • Only FDA approved medications will be administered by school personnel
      • Parent consent for non-prescription medications is required
  • If medication is to be given for more than two weeks, a written order from a physician or dentist must be provided to the school.
  • If prescription medication remains in the nurse’s office after the end of a school year or when the student is no longer attending the school, the nurse will contact the student’s parent or guardian to pick up the medication. If the medication is not picked up within one month, it will be destroyed. With parent permission, epi pens, inhalers and insulin can be sent home with the student at the end of the school year.

Questions should be discussed with your school nurse. 

Learn more about medication requirements >

Health screenings

Each year students participate in screening. Students also receive hearing and/or vision screening upon request from a parent or guardian or if the teacher suspects a hearing or vision concern that is affecting the student’s ability to learn. If you do not wish to have your child screened, please contact the school nurse.