All Students K-12
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. The following guidelines define this statement:
- The school district acknowledges that students have a right to developmentally appropriate information about their health care in accordance with state and federal laws. The district recognizes the right of a student and the student’s parents/guardians, together, to request that the student not be provided health care information. Waiver forms are available, if desired, in each building in the nurse’s office.
- The district recognizes that parents/guardians and families have the primary responsibility to provide health care. Professional employees of the district will encourage minor students to seek the involvement of their parent(s)/guardian(s) in decisions relating to health care. School employees will not bring students to health care providers, except in cases of medical emergency.
- Confidentiality of student communications will be maintained unless a student presents a danger to self or others.
- Professional employees will not impose their personal values on students.
- All employees of the district will report suspected incidents of physical and sexual abuse and neglect in accordance with the Minnesota mandated reporting.
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/guardian, 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 student Health and Emergency Form on file in the office to make whatever arrangements necessary to provide health services to the student or call the rescue squad.
Many people are sensitive or allergic to fragrances. Students, staff and families who choose to wear a personal fragrance should do so sparingly. All fragrance containers should be left at home. Antiperspirant should be a stick, cream or roll-on type with minimal fragrance, and stored in physical education lockers.
To help assure good health care for students and alert health authorities to the presence of specific disease, parents/guardians are asked to call the school by 8:30 a.m. EACH morning the student is absent for any reason and to notify the school later if a specific disease develops.
Since most diseases spread before being recognized, it is impossible to prevent exposure. Control measures are designed to protect individual students from complications. Parents/Guardians are urged to keep their children home if they develop any symptoms suggestive of a communicable disease. Their temperature should be normal at least 24 hours BEFORE a student returns to school. The parent/guardian will be called if a student becomes ill at school. It is their responsibility to take the student home.
In the event a student has a temperature of 100 degrees, the student must go home. Students 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. Your child should be fever, vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Last modified: June 20, 2023