Health Services

The Board of Education of the Northfield School District recognizes the importance of good physical, emotional and mental health and supports the well being of all students and families. This portion of the site contains health information that applies to all the schools in the Northfield district.


Students who are ill are to check in with the school nurse before calling parents to go home. Parents should sign their student out in the attendance office before leaving unless other arrangements have been made with staff.

Please report communicable diseases and head lice to the school nurse. Students, who are expected to miss several days due to health reasons, please contact the nurse as special arrangements can be made.

At each school the Licensed School Nurse and building nurses provide the following services to support Northfield students:

First Aid

In case of an accident, first aid will be administered in the health office and the parent/guardian will be called. If a student needs further treatment, the parent, ambulance, or rescue squad will transport the student to the doctor or hospital. In the event that a parent/guardian cannot be reached, the school will contact the physician listed on the Health & Emergency Information form to make whatever arrangements necessary to provide health service to the student or call the rescue squad.

It is very important that parents/guardians fill out the Health & Emergency Information form. A new form is sent home at the beginning of each school year. Any change during the year should be forwarded to the school’s health office. The emergency numbers (someone who can be responsible for a student in the absence of the parent/guardian) should be local numbers.


To help assure good health care for students and alert health authorities to the presence of specific disease, parents are asked to call the school each morning the student is absent for any reason and to notify the school later if a specific disease develops.

Since most diseases are spread before they are recognized, it is impossible to prevent exposure. Control measures are designed to protect individual students from complications. Parents are urged to keep their children home if they develop any symptoms suggestive of a communicable disease. The temperature should be normal at least 24 hours BEFORE a student returns to school. The temperature guideline is: at 100 degrees the student goes home automatically. The child should not return to school unless the temperature goes below 100 degrees for 24 hours. Please do not send students who have an undiagnosed rash to school.

If a student becomes ill while at school, the parent/guardian will be called. It is their responsibility to take the student home.

Elementary Recess

If a child has a cold or other illness or injury and his/her parent wants the child to stay inside during recess for a day, the parent will need to send a signed note of request that also states the reason. If parents feel the condition will require two or more days inside during recess, they must obtain and send a note from a doctor stating the reason and length. Students are outside when the temperature is at or above zero degrees. If the temperature is lower than minus 10 degrees wind chill, they will be inside.

Physical Education

A doctor’s note is required for students to be taken out of physical education class for three or more days and for release from participation, after broken bones, sprains or surgery.


Lucy Archibald, Bridgewater Nurse

Julie Ochs, Greenvale Park Nurse

Elizabeth Bade, Longfellow Nurse

Jane Ehlers, Sibley Nurse

Nancy Becker, Middle School Nurse

Renee Marlenee, High School Nurse

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