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COVID-19 Information

 

If you are a student or parent/guardian with questions about COVID-19, including what to do when experiencing symptoms, please refer to the Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs.

 

If you are looking for COVID-19 vaccination opportunities, find a vaccine location here: Vaccine Locations / COVID-19 Updates and Information - State of Minnesota 

 

District 196 is hosting a vaccination clinic at Cedar Park Science, Technology, Engineering and Math School on January 8. The sign up link can be found here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48adae28a6f94-apple

 

If you are looking for COVID-19 testing sites near you, find a testing location here: COVID-19 Community Testing Sites

 

If you are a staff member reporting your positive case, fill out this questionnaire.

 

For other questions or concerns, please reach out to your personal health provider and/or email the Minnesota Department of Health at Health.schools.covid19@state.mn.us.

Report Student COVID-19 Suspected or Confirmed Case

Please complete the form below if you suspect that your child has COVID-19 or he/she has a confirmed case of COVID-19. You will receive a follow-up call from someone on our COVID Response Team. Thank you!

Student Reporting Form for COVID-19

District 196 Covid Dashboard

Healthy students are successful students

Our school staff provide a variety of services that support a healthy learning community. 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. 

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.

To help ensure healthy habits consult with your health care provider regarding well-visits and immunizations, as well as maintain good hygiene.

District 196 follows guidance from leading health organizations (i.e. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota Department of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics) to reduce the spread of communicable disease. 
When unsure if your child should attend school, consult with a healthcare provider or contact your school nurse.

Children should stay home from school for the following reasons: 

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher - can return when fever free for 20 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Strep throat - can return after 12 hours of antibiotics and fever free for 20 hours without fever reducing medication.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea (without a known reason)  - can return 20 hours after last episode. 
  • Rash (without a known reason) with behavior change or fever of 100.4 or greater.
  • Excessive coughing that persists and makes it difficult to participate in school.
  • Not healthy enough to participate in routine school activities.


If a child becomes ill at school and needs to go home:

  • The school nurse will call guardians listed in the child’s Infinite Campus record. Please update your contact information as needed, including emergency contacts.
  • Students who are ill need to be picked up as soon as possible to prevent the spread of illness. 

Guidance on other common health issues: 

Pink eye guidance  (conjunctivitis) 

  • There is no exclusion for pink eye unless the child has a fever of 100.4 or higher and/or is not healthy enough to participate in school activities (consult a health care provider for eye pain or reduced/blurry vision/recent eye trauma).

Head lice guidance (pediculus humanus capitis) 

  • There are no notifications sent home or exclusions from school for head lice.
  • Head lice is a common occurrence, is not related to personal cleanliness and has not been shown to spread at school.
  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to regularly monitor for lice.
  • If live lice are found at school, resources for treatment will be shared with parents/guardians.

Guidance on air quality and outdoor activity:

District 196 follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools to determine adjustments needed. The CDC recommends that children get 60 or more minutes of physical activity each day. School administrators will work with their building nurse to:

  • reduce risk by modifying activities based on the EPA guidance
  • educate students and staff about risks and symptoms to watch for
  • be proactive in identifying individuals that could benefit from medication prior to activity when ordered, and
  • quickly identify those experiencing symptoms so they can receive first aid treatment.

Community Clinics

We are fortunate to have two community health clinics in Dakota County to support children and families who are in need of minor and routine health care services. Please see the links below if you are looking for routine physicals, sports or camp physicals, initial mental health screenings, and other basic health care needs. All families welcome regardless of insurance status.

 

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Kimberly Sikkink

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Falcon Ridge Middle School
Department(s)
Special Education
Title(s)
Nurse

Contact Information

School Email
(Primary)
School Phone
651-683-6969 x10013
Job Title
Nurse

Student Information

The health office is located in the general office area. The nurse’s office hours are 7:45 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. The school nurse is available to coordinate and provide care for our students.

  • Student must have a pass from their teacher before reporting to the health office, unless it is an emergency. If a student wants to come to the health office between classes, he/she must obtain a pass from the teacher of the next hour’s class.
  • Students may not leave school or arrange for their own ride home without first reporting to the nurse. The school nurse will assess the illness and call if necessary.
  • Prescription medication brought to school must be turned into the health office upon school arrival. District policy states the following rules regarding prescription medication administration at school.
  • Medication Authorization for all prescription medications must be on file in the health office giving the school nurse permission to give the medication
    • Prescription medication must be in a pharmacy labeled bottle
    • Medication given longer than two weeks needs a medical authorization
    • Narcotic medications are not allowed to be used during the school day
    • Non-prescription medication can be self-administered by 7th and 8th grade students if the emergency card is signed by a parent/guardian and the student abides by the district’s policy.
*Please note that the nurse does not administer any prescribed medications without a written order from the prescriber.  
*Prescribed, controlled medication is expected to be dropped off by the parent/guardian of the student.  Students will not be allowed to bring the medications to school.  The nurse will count the medication with the parent/guardian present.  
*Medication brought to school in a baggie will not be accepted.  It must come in the original bottle with the prescription on it.
*If your student takes a prescribed medication and forgets to take it at home, it is your responsibility to come to school and administer it directly to your child yourself.  Please do not expect the nurse to administer it.  

Immunizations

Immunization requirements must be met per district policies and state laws. Please contact our school nurse, Ms. Sikkink at 952-431-8760 for questions. Families should ask for a printed report of immunizations from your medical provider.  Submit this documentation to the school nurse for entry. You can mail or fax it to the health office. (Fax 952-431-8770). It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure we receive these records and to notify the student’s previous school of your intent to enroll at Falcon Ridge Middle School.  

Please do not hesitate to call should you have any questions about our school or the registration process. We look forward to working with you are and your child. 

Nurse’s Office Forms