The mission of the STRIDE Academy Health Services is to promote and support optimal health and emotional well-being in order to keep students safe, healthy, and ready to learn.Health Service Team
Health Services Team
The school health team works in partnership following state school health requirements and national recommended best practices for students and staff within the school setting. Our Health Services team includes Amy Opatz, Health Services Asst, and Myra Schrup, RN,
Illness at SchoolThe school environment can be an excellent medium for the rapid spread of illness. Any student assessed in the Health Service Office will be dismissed with the following symptoms:
- Vomiting in the last 24 hours
- Diarrhea in the last 24 hours
- Temperature 100 F or above in the last 24 hours
- Suspected or confirmed communicable diseases
- Other symptoms upon discussion with parent/guardian
Absences and Return to SchoolYour child may return to school after an absence when:
- he/she has been on an antibiotic for twenty-four hours
- no vomiting/diarrhea for twenty-four hours
- fever-free for twenty-four hours without the aid of a fever-reducing medication
*Promote the health, safety, and wellness of all students and staff at STRIDE Academy School
*Promote a positive, collaborative relationship with students, families, colleagues, health care providers, and the community
*Promote best practices in school health services through professional development and resources.
*All medications require a physician’s order and/or completed parental permission form. Without this, the medication is not given.
*All prescription medication must be pharmacy-labeled and not expired.
*All over-the-counter medication must be in the original packaging and will be given as per bottle directions unless accompanied by a physician’s order directing otherwise.
*Medications must be delivered to school by the parent, guardian, or responsible adult. Students are not allowed to transport medication unless it is medically indicated.
*All medication orders expire at the end of the school year. New medication orders are needed for the start of a new school year.
*Medications must be picked up at the end of the school year. Any remaining medication will be destroyed.
*Upon entry into STRIDE Academy at any level. An examination within one year is preferred.
*Kindergarten and 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades.
*Sports Physical are required for all 6th grade students participating in extracurricular sports.
*If your child is not up to date, unable to receive, or you are declining immunizations the form must be completed for the appropriate exemption and be notarized.
*Please see the Child With Special Health Needs Checklist located under forms.
*Children of all ages will have accidents- whether it’s a muddy playground, spilled milk, or not making it to the restroom on time. Please make sure to keep a spare uniform, including socks and underwear, in their locker or backpack.
*We know how important good dietary habits are to support a happy, healthy kid who is ready to learn. Snack time is an important time for your child to refuel. We encourage you to pack healthy options that will help to tide your student over until his/her next meal.
*Clear water bottles are allowed in school and students may carry water with them to classes. Please note: no juices, flavored waters, or soda pop allowed.
*Be aware that if your student has not been in group settings before (such as daycare or preschool) they may experience more illnesses than usual with increased exposure to other children. Just make sure to notify the school when your child is absent so this can be marked as excused.
What is “legitimate educational interest”? School officials can have access to only the education records necessary to carry out their job function. “In general, legitimate educational interest refers to the right of certain school officials to access student information and records for the purpose of (a) serving the student; (b) protecting the health, safety, and learning of this student and others; (c) maintaining operations of the school district; (d) obtaining payment for educational programs and services; and (e) other purposes as specified in Federal and state law.”
Can a list of students’ health issues be distributed to teachers or other staff? A school-wide health concerns distribution list violates FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)and is not best practice. If individual staff or faculty members need to be informed of a student’s condition, that student requires an IHP (individual health plan) listing symptoms to be alert for and the required response to those symptoms. It is recommended that parents, as a part of the IHP, participate in deciding who on staff and faculty requires identifiable health information for the child’s safety. Staff and faculty who are trusted with personally identifiable health information should receive training regarding their responsibility to safeguard that information.
Health Services staff ensure that confidentiality is respected by revealing only necessary health concerns and only to those individuals whose knowledge may affect the student’s health. For example, individuals who have no contact with a particular student have no need to know that student’s medical or mental health issues. Using functional implications is not only more discrete but has the additional benefit of delivering more practical information to school employees that generally have limited medical knowledge.
Annual Health Form
Must be completed yearly for new and returning students’ safety. Download
Special Health Needs Checklist
A guide for all students who have a health issue that may be an issue during the school day, i.e. asthma, allergies, diabetes, special diet, seizure, ADHD, etc. Download
Medication Consent Form
Must be completed for all medications given during the school day. Download
Exchange of Information
Completing this form will allow for seamless communication between Health Services and any other medical or community personnel for the health and safety of the student.
MN Immunization Form
Must be completed upon enrollment and with any changes Download
Self Carry Form
Any student that self carries asthma or diabetic supplies should complete this form. It is also important to discuss this with the Health Services staff so that they are aware of how these items can be obtained in case of emergency.
Every few weeks health services likes to give students a fun, wellness realated challenge to complete.
Completed forms can be turned into the Health Office by the due date for a fun prize such as stickers, bouncy balls, pencils and more!