Once school is out for the summer, if you have questions or concerns about your child’s immunization status or the MnVFC program (a low-cost vaccine program), contact Wadena County Public Health at (218) 631-7629. Regularly scheduled vaccine clinics are available twice a month. Please call for clinic dates, times and/or to check for program eligibility.
Amy Yglesias, LPN
Preschool/Elem School Nurse
Kim Stafki, LPN Middle/High School Nurse
Your school nurses
The school nurses will discuss any medical problem related to your child with you and may contact you regarding any prolonged absences. Any accident incurred on the school premises should be reported immediately. A school health paraprofessional will be in the office when the nurse is not available.
If your child’s programming needs to be changed due to sickness or injury, please have your physician send details of your child’s limitations and their durations to the WDC Health Services.
learn more about measles
What is measles?
Measles, also called rubeola, is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. Because of high immunization levels, measles is no longer common in the United States. Measles can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Many people with measles have complications like diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, or encephalitis (a brain infection that can lead to permanent brain damage). Complications are more common in children under 5 years of age and adults older than 20. Measles during pregnancy increases the risk of premature labor, miscarriage, and low birth weight infants. Measles can be especially severe in persons whose immune systems are weak.
Symptoms of measles include: rash, fever and cough or runny nose or watery/mattering eyes. Symptoms appear about 8 to 12 days after a person is exposed to measles. The first symptom is usually fever. The rash usually appears 2 to 3 days after the fever begins and lasts 5 to 6 days. The rash begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck and then down the body. Measles is spread through the air when people who have it breathe, cough or sneeze. It is very contagious.
What if my child is exposed to someone with measles?
Children who are immunized for the measles can continue to attend school and child care.
At this time, when children are not immunized and are exposed to the disease they are excluded from child care and school for at least 21 days. Since some parents were not aware of this essential public health action, we wanted to ensure you were fully informed.
If you suspect your child has the measles, call your doctor or clinic first. They will direct you about how to get an appointment to be evaluated and to ensure your child gets the proper treatment.
Can my child be immunized now?
Immunizations are available. If you have not been vaccinated, getting an MMR shot within 3 days of being exposed may prevent measles. Please contact the school health office and we will assist you in getting an appointment if you would like to be immunized. We are happy to assist with insurance and financial barriers.
Most importantly, we wanted to connect with you as we are sure you have many questions. There is a lot of information circulating and we encourage you to access the Minnesota Department of Health Measlespage which has current, reliable information for parents regarding measles.
With the severe flu outbreak in area schools, Wadena-Deer Creek School is taking a preventive approach. Please remind your child to cover their cough and wash hands often. Use hand sanitizer frequently between washes.
In addition, WDC is not able to discuss student information, number of flu cases, etc., due to HIPAA laws and Confidentiality rules. Often, WDC has families call us to ask who has the flu and how many kids in their class have the flu. WDC is not able to discuss those details publicly. We follow the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for reporting confirmed influenza cases to the state.
If you have any questions, or need additional resources, please talk with WDC school nurses Amy at the elementary (632-2165) or Kim and Ashley at the middle/high school (632-2347). Click here for Health Services for more information.
Also, take a moment to review these resources:
“Send Home” Policy
If a student has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, or is determined to be too ill to be in school for the day (diarrhea, vomiting, suspicious rash, chronic coughing, etc.), the parent/guardian will be called to pick up their child.
Wadena-Deer Creek School health office policies are guided by evidence-based practices. The guiding resource used is the Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools Manual written and regularly updated by the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department Epidemiology Unit. The manual informs administrators, childcare providers, caregivers, parents and guardians, and school health staff about specific infectious disease problems they may encounter in the childcare setting or in schools. This manual is designed to provide specific disease prevention and control guidelines which are consistent with the national standards put forth by the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Every child and situation is unique; WDC school nurses and principals will strive to make disease prevention and control decisions based on the above guidelines.
If an accident occurs involving a student, every effort will be made to contact the parent/guardian of the child and to take action at the parent/guardian's direction. If a parent/guardian cannot be contacted, school officials will take whatever means necessary to preserve the health of the child.
Parents/guardians of any child with health problems, which might cause a health emergency, should be certain to notify the school of the problems and the procedures that would need to be followed should the child become ill at school. Fill out the Emergency Contact Form. It must include an alternative emergency contact in case the parent/guardian cannot be reached.
Activity Restrictions at School
Physical Education is a regular part of our school curriculum. If a child has an injury or illness that requires that they be excused from activity in physical education, a physician’s order should be sent to the nurse and PE teacher. It is expected that any child who has restricted activity in physical education will have restricted activity at recess. We need to be certain that any student who is recovering from an injury or illness is safe at school.
According to school district policy, any child well enough to attend school should be well enough to participate in recess: Fresh air and activity are important to learning. Time outside helps clear the mind and encourages further learning. Occasionally a parent will request that a student remain inside because of a “cold” or “ear infection.” Studies show that it is helpful to be outside for short periods if an upper respiratory infection is present. The increased humidity outdoors often helps clear the congestion. As long as a child is dressed appropriately for the weather, it is not detrimental to their health to go outside for recess. All students should bring hats and mittens to wear if the weather is cool. If recess accommodations are needed, please consult with your physician and meet with our staff to develop an appropriate plan.
A health record for each school child is required by law in Minnesota. An update request slip will be sent home with the student each year so that his/her health history may be kept current. If your child experiences a change in health status, please notify the school nurse at 632-2150, Ext. 303.
Minnesota Statues require that all children entering a Minnesota public, private or parochial elementary school, daycare setting or nursery school for the first time, must be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Hepatitis B and chicken pox. These requirements may be waived only if a notarized medical or conscientious exemption form is filed with the school.
For your child to enter school it is mandatory that an immunization form be completed, signed and on file prior to admission at the school your child will attend. The information you provide on this form will be available to the local public health agency and the Minnesota Department of Health to determine if your child has received the required immunizations.
Students will be given prescription medication by the health services department only if a licensed physician prescribes it, it is in the original container, and there is written parent/guardian permission to follow the doctor’s order. All over-the-counter medication must be in the original container, and a Medication Authorization form must be completed, i.e. cough drops, antacids, Tylenol. All medications brought to school must be kept in the health services department. An exception would be a medication kept with the student once approved by the school nurse with proper doctor’s orders, i.e. inhalers. You may get a copy of the Student Medication Policy at the elementary school health office.