The Health Services staff work in partnership with educational staff to provide students with high quality and consistent health care and health management. Find Health Services forms online at www.edenpr.org.
Allergies (Animals, Fragrances, Latex)
Animals and pets are not allowed to visit inside schools without principal permission and specific policy requirements. This policy is in place because of student and staff health needs and air quality issues. Some exceptions may be made; please check with the principal before bringing any animals into the classroom.
Eden Prairie Schools encourages a fragrance aware and latex limited environment. “Fragrance Aware” means that we will try to have a fragrance and scent-free environment. “Latex Limited” means that no latex gloves or latex balloons are allowed.
The school nurse will work closely with students who have an acute or chronic health need such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, allergies, or other illness. Parents will want to notify Health Services about their student’s specific health needs. The student and parents will work with the school nurse to determine how best to manage the health conditions and plan for any potential life threatening emergencies.
Health Services Information
The school health service has been established for the health and safety of students. The health room is to be used exclusively for students who become ill, are injured during the school day, need medication or health related information.
- Students who become ill during the day must have a pass from the class they are missing. They will be given a pass from health services to return to class. Students reporting that they spent the period in the lavatory or commons will not be given an excused absence from class.
- Exceptions to the above will be made at the discretion of health services based on the severity of the illness or injury.
- All medications, including over-the-counter medications, required by students during the school day will be dispensed through health services with appropriate parental and physician signatures. The school nurse will meet with the students and families to provide for individual health care needs.
Homebound or Hospital Instruction
Homebound or hospital instruction is provided for children who are absent from school due to prolonged illness or disability. If your child is going to be absent longer than 15 school days, please contact the health office at (952) 975-8074.
Please call your school’s attendance line if your child will not be at school due to illness. Also, please notify the school health office if your child contracts a communicable disease or parasite so that notices may be sent home with classmates listing symptoms and treatments.
Illness/Injury at School
When a student is unable to remain in school due to an illness or injury, a parent or emergency contact will be notified by the health services office. First aid is given by school personnel, and parents are expected to provide transportation and decide whether a doctor should be contacted. In emergencies, 911 will be notified. No child will be sent home unless an adult assumes responsibility for his/her care. Students are not to leave school if they are ill without first contacting health services. Failure to do so may result in an unexcused absence.
Eden Prairie Schools is part of the “No Shots, No School” program. All students must have proof of vaccine to start school. Students who have special medical problems and cannot be vaccinated, or whose parents conscientiously object, may receive legal exemption. Contact Health Services for assistance with accessing immunizations or to get information on exemptions.
The Eden Prairie School District does not carry accident, disability or medical insurance for students. Coverage is through the student’s family medical coverage, including the cost of ambulance services. The district does carry public/general liability coverage for district premises and/or employee negligence.MinnesotaCare health insurance is available for those families who qualify based on monthly income and family size. Questions about this plan can be directed to the School Nurse or Social Worker.
MedicationsStudents are not usually permitted to administer their own medication at school. Parents requesting that prescription or non-prescription medication be administered during school hours are required to provide:
- A physician’s order/signature for medication during the school day
- Parent’s signature on a Medication Authorization Form or a note
- Medicine in original prescription bottle labeled with student’s name, etc. Please ask the pharmacy to put prescription medication in two bottles completely labeled – one for home and one for school.
All non-prescription medications must be provided in their original labeled container. No medications can be dispensed when provided in envelopes, plastic bags, etc. Medication Authorization Forms are available in the nurse’s office.