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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report Student COVID-19 Suspected or Confirmed Case
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.
- Get the appropriate vaccines.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Practice physical distancing from members outside your household, when appropriate (staying more than 6 feet apart).
- Stay home if you are sick (so you do not spread the illness to other people).
- Use a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand and turn away from other people.
- Use single-use tissues. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
- Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using tissues.
- If working with children, have them play with hard surface toys that can be easily cleaned and disinfected.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands (viruses can enter your body from unwashed hands).
- Do not share cups, glasses, dishes, cutlery, cigarettes or cellphones.
- When recommended by public health authorities, wear a non-medical mask when in a public space and physical distancing cannot be maintained.
The school district will follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health for recommended exclusion and notification for vaccine-preventable diseases including coronivirus, 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.
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.
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.
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
- CALM App
- Conscious Discipline: https://consciousdiscipline.com/covid-19-five-helpful-responses-for-families/
- Minnesota Department of Health Behavioral Health and Emergency Preparedness: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/ep/behavioral/index.html#covid19
- National Association of School Psychologists "Helping Kids Cope with the Changes from COVID-19": https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19: https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf
- Minnesota Department of Health "Supporting Mental Health during COVID-19: https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1586793971/district196org/auuaxcxxtmmehnvybxpg/MDHMentalWell-beingduringCOVID.pdf