Why Vis? In this month's View from Vis blog, Upper School Director Anna Barter has some heartfelt answers to that question, particularly in regard to Visitation's impact on herself, the students and the broader community. Please read this month's blog post to see some of Dr. Barter's answers to why Vis is such a compelling place.
The Visitation Health Office supports a healthy learning environment for all students and staff. Our school nurse provides a variety of services, including health screenings for vision, hearing, scoliosis and blood pressure; dispensing daily medications to students; comforting students who become ill during the school day; and providing CPR and first aid training to students.
For more information, contact our school nurse, JoAnne Geiser RN, via email or at 651-683-1708.
The Physical Exam Form and Child's Health History must be completed by the doctor at the time of your child’s physical exam. The form must be signed and dated by the physician and returned to the Visitation Health Office. All immunizations must be included (baby shots to the present.) The online Information and Emergency Contact Data Sheet must be updated every year.
Visitation requires a current physical exam for all students entering kindergarten, grade seven, grade nine and any student NEW to Visitation in any other grade. The physical exam must be between January 1 and July 15 prior to the start of the school year.
For all athletes in grades 7-12 participating in a Minnesota High School League (MSHSL) sport, the MSHSL requires a physical exam every three years. Coaches will exclude athletes who are not in compliance with this MSHSL requirement. Athletic forms can be found on the athletics pages.
Diabetes and asthma forms are found on the Medications tab.
Minnesota Immunization Requirements
Specific immunization requirements exist for elementary, middle and high school students. Please view the entrance requirements for your child's grade level on the Entrance Requirements tab.
For Families Whose Children are Exempt from Receiving Immunizations:
Please fill out the portion of this form that is applicable to your child.
The following guidelines are recommended by the Visitation Health Office:
- If your child has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, he or she must stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal. Your child may return to school if he or she is FEVER FREE and FEVER-REDUCER FREE.
- If your child has vomited or has diarrhea, he or she must stay home for 24 hours after the last episode.
- If your child has a bad cold with a cough, green or yellow drainage, or decreased appetite, or if the cold interferes with sleep, check with your family physician before sending your child to school.
- If your child has red eyes with drainage or matter, check with your family physician before sending your child to school. Your child will be sent home if pink eye is suspected.
- If your child has a bacterial infection (such as strep or impetigo), he or she must complete 24 hours of antibiotics before returning to school.
The Health Office must be notified of any communicable illness. By following these guidelines, we can help limit the spread of illness and ensure a speedy recovery for your child.
Students may return to the classroom once the nurse has checked for any remaining live lice or nits. The important thing is to treat promptly and thoroughly. Remind children not to share hats, combs or jackets. Report known cases to the school health office.
Visitation has a ZERO NIT POLICY.
Visitation will continue to be proactive and diligent in our head lice control efforts by
- Completing a head lice check of all students in affected classrooms.
- Bagging students' belongings upon entry into school in affected classrooms.
- Removing and excluding soft items in classrooms.
- Cleaning and sanitizing of classrooms and shared spaces on a daily basis.
- Consulting with outside agencies when appropriate.
- Maintaining ongoing communication with families in affected classrooms.
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Students occasionally need to take prescription or non-prescription medications while they are at school. To help ensure that students receive the needed medication and that the medication is not misused, the school has developed rules for the administration of medication in school.
Please note the following points:
- All prescription medication must be kept in the health office and must be administered by the school nurse or other appropriate school personnel. Students may not take medication on their own during the school day.
- A completed Consent for Administration of Medication form from a student's parent or guardian and medication in a prescription bottle or original container is required before the school nurse will give a student prescription or non-prescription medication.
- If prescription medication remains in the health office after the end of the school year or when the student is no longer attending Visitation, the nurse will contact the parent or guardian to pick up the medication. If the medication is not picked up within one month, it will be destroyed.
Forms to be completed by your child's physician, if applicable.
Epinephrine Auto‑InjectorsVisitation requires all students, who are prescribed an epinephrine auto‑injector by their physician, to supply the Visitation Health Office with a back- up injector. This is in addition to the epinephrine auto‑injector that they must carry with them throughout the school day.
These forms are to be completed for a child with asthma. The top portion of the Asthma Action Plan is to be completed by the parent. The lower portion is to be fill out, along with the Asthma Zones form, by your child's physician.
These forms are in addition to the Administration of Medication in School form, which must be signed by the doctor and the parent for the medication your child will be taking for her/his asthma.
These forms are to be completed for a child with diabetes. The Self-Administration Forms are only for those families wanting their child to self-monitor their own blood glucose throughout the school day.
The Diabetes Packet includes:
- A Diabetic Questionnaire, along with a Diabetic Daily Routines Form, and should be filled out by the parent.
- Physician forms (School Communication and Treatment Authorization for Type 1 Diabetes (2 pages).)
- A required equipment list that must be supplied, by you, to our Health Office by the first day of school - this list is at the bottom of the Diabetes Questionnaire.
These forms are in addition to the Administration of Medication in School form, which must be signed by the doctor and the parent for the medication your child will be taking for her/his diabetes.
It is the school's priority to ensure the safety of all students; however, we are not able to guarantee an environment completely free of allergens.
Maintaining a safe environment depends on increased awareness and attention to the factors that could trigger life-threatening emergencies for students with severe allergies, and we ask all who use our facilities to be aware of allergens and the risk they pose to students with severe allergies.
If your child has an allergy:
- Notify the school nurse of your child's allergy, and complete the appropriate form on the Individual Health Plans tab and submit it to the school nurse. The school nurse will periodically review the form, but parents must update and re-submit this form every year.
- Each year, prior to the first day of school, provide the following items to the school nurse as needed:
- Anaphylaxis Action Plan signed by the parent/guardian and physician (Note: If your child has asthma, an Asthma Action Plan is also recommended each year.)
- Medications listed on the Anaphylaxis Action Plan (Note: Epinephrine must have pharmacy label attached; check expiration dates!)
- Prior Consent to Release Private Data.
- The school nurse shares information about your child's severe allergy on a need-to-know basis with additional school staff such as teachers, appropriate staff and other support personnel. It is, however, very helpful for you also to make contact with your child's teachers at the start of each school year to inform them of your child's severe allergy and to answer any specific questions and address any concerns they may have.
- Contact the coordinators of your child's before- and after-school, non-school-sponsored activities such as Extended Day. These activities may take place when the school nurse is not available.
- Provide ongoing, age-appropriate teaching to your child regarding his or her allergy:
- Name the allergy or allergens; teach your child how to read and recognize the potential allergens on food labels; teach your child the steps to avoid coming into contact with the allergen(s) to which he or she is allergic; practice with your child how to tell an adult if he or she has had contact with the allergen; practice with your child how to tell an adult if he or she has any symptoms; and teach your child how to self-administer prescribed Epinephrine (only with physician’s authorization).
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