- Byron Primary School
- Health Office
Supporting Healthy Learners
The mission of Byron Public School's Health Services is to create and sustain a school environment that promotes and supports student achievement, health, and well-being.
COVID-19: Please refer to the district's Coronavirus Response Plan for questions and concerns related to COVID-19. Licensed School Nurse contact information is listed below.
- Provide first aid and emergency care to students and staff
- Administer medication
- Manage health plans for students with health conditions
- Monitor the immunization status of students
- Surveillance of communicable disease
- Maintain health service records
- Implement screening programs
- Facilitate health screening and education
Jen Brommer, RN, LSN
When Your Student is Ill
Reasons why children should stay at home:
- Severe colds, coughs, or sore throats
- Vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and/or abdominal pain
- Temperature of 100 degrees or more with or without symptoms of an illness
- Eye infections, especially if discharge is present
- New skin rashes, especially if draining-unless medical opinion states rash is not contagious
- Until results of laboratory tests (i.e. throat culture, nasal swab) are known.
- Any other signs of acute illness or not feeling well
Children may return to school when:
- Temperature remains normal for 24 hour period without using Tylenol or Ibuprofen
- Free of all symptoms for 24 hours (i.e. has not vomited, had diarrhea, or had abdominal pain in 24 hours)
- Well enough to participate in normal school activities
- On antibiotics for at least 24 hours
- Your healthcare provider states that your child can return to school
Remember: The #1 way to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands.
Hand washing saves lives!
Hand washing is like a "do-it-yourself" vaccine! By following five simple and effective steps-Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry- you can reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular hand washing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It's quick, it's simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Hand washing is a win for everyone, except the germs!
References for Parents and Staff
Head Lice Management
Byron Public Schools Health Services follows the recommendations from the Olmsted County Public Health Services regarding head lice management for school-aged children. Their recommendations are evidence based and reflect the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control.
Head Lice Facts
Head lice are a common problem for children in schools and child care because children are in close contact with one another throughout the day. Anyone can get head lice. They are not a sign of uncleanliness and head lice do not spread disease.
Head lice are very small (less than 1/8 inch long), tan colored insects which live on human heads. They lay their eggs (called nits) on the hair close to the scalp and the nits are attached to the hair by a strong "glue-like" substance which make them hard to remove. The nits are tiny (about the size of a pencil dot) and grey or white in color.
Head lice are annoying parasites that feed on small amounts of blood once or more often each day. The bite does not hurt but can cause itching and scratching. Once hatched, lice can survive on a human head for up to 30 days.
Lice are spread primarily by direct, head-to-head contact with an infested individual. Heads should be carefully checked before and after attending a sleepover or camp where sleeping quarters are shared. Indirect spread through sharing of personal items such as combs, brushes, barrettes, hats, scarves, jackets, blankets, sheets, and pillows is less likely but possible.
Lice do not jump or fly. They crawl and can fall off the head. Head lice do not live longer than 48 hours off the human head. They only lay their eggs while on the head. Nits which are more than 1/2 inch from the scalp are dead or empty and will not hatch. The eggs do not hatch if they fall off the head. Lice do not spread to or from pets. It takes 7-10 days from when the eggs are laid until they hatch. Lice can spread as long as there are live lice on the head.
Watch for symptoms of itching of the head and neck. Look for crawling lice in the hair, eggs (nits) glued to the hair, often behind the ears and at the back of the neck; and scratch marks on the head or back of the neck at the hairline. If one person in the home has head lice, others should be checked too. Encourage your child to avoid head-to-head contact with others. Never share hair grooming items or hair accessories (barrettes, combs, brushes, etc.).
We recommend strict adherence to the 14 Day Treatment Plan. Further, call your health care provider or pharmacy for advice about specific treatment products. Recommended treatment includes using either a store-bought or prescription lice killing product. Be sure to follow the package directions carefully for they vary among different treatment options.
Daily removal of nits for at least 2 weeks is an essential treatment component. We recommend metal, versus plastic, nit-removing combs.
Combs, brushes, and other hair accessories should be cleaned with hot soapy water. Launder recently worn clothing, bedding, and towels. Vacuuming carpets, furniture, mattresses, and car seats may control the spread of head lice. Insecticide or lice killing sprays are not recommended.
Students with active head lice do not need to be sent home early from school. They can go home at the end of the day and return to school after treatment has been started. This exclusion guideline is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses. A student with an active infection has likely had an infestation for over one month. The risk of further transmission is low. Students with head lice may return to school after the first application of lice killing treatment.
Forms and Fact Sheets:
Medications in School
For the safety of students, it is recommended that medication be given at home whenever possible. For example, medication prescribed three times a day can be given before school, after school, and at bedtime. The School District acknowledges that some students may require prescribed drugs or medication during the school day. The School District's licensed school nurse, trained health clerk, or teacher (on a school field trip) will administer prescribed medications in accordance with law and School District procedures.
District Medication Policy
Byron Public Schools has a District Medication Policy #516. The policy was established to ensure the safety of your child and all students who attend Byron Public Schools.
The following form is required to be filled out in order for students to receive medication at school. Over-the-counter medications require a parent/guardian signature. Prescription medications require both a parent/guardian and physician signature.
Medication Authorization Form (Staff Administration)
School personnel can only give medication with the written order of a health care provider that is licensed to prescribe and with the written consent of a parent/guardian. Click on the link for a copy of the Medication Authorization Form.
Prescription medication must include both a parent and a physician’s signature. All permission forms cover the current school year and will need to be renewed each fall.
All medication is parent-provided (no Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, eye drops etc. kept on-hand) and must be brought to the health office by a parent/guardian or another responsible adult in it original, unopened container.
Prescription medication must be brought to school in an original container labeled by the pharmacy. The following information must be on the label.
- Child's full name
- Name and dosage of medication
- Time and directions of medication
- Licensed Prescriber's name
- Current date
Students requiring immediate access to certain medications (i.e inhalers, Epi Pens) may be allowed to self-carry and self-administer with parental and physician permission. A medication authorization form must be signed by the physician, parent and student. Competency in administration must be demonstrated to the school nurse.
Self-administration of (over-the counter) non-prescription pain medications (e.g. Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen) is allowed for secondary grades 7-12 students. A medication authorization form signed by parent is required for over the counter medicine.
6. Mixed doses in a single container will not be accepted for use at school (for example, 5mg and 10mg tablets in the same bottle).
7. Parents/guardians must notify the school in writing when a medication is discontinued.
8. If there is medication remaining after treatment or at the end of the school year, please make arrangements for it to be picked up.
Medication to be administered at school is to be kept in the health office. Exceptions are students who may carry an asthma inhaler or an Epi Pen if they have a written doctor's order and written parental permission to do so. Other special requests may be discussed with the Licensed School Nurse.
Health Services staff is not responsible for breaking tablets in half. This will not be done at school. When there is a physician order to given one-half tablet, please talk with your pharmacist to have them split. Further, when there is a physician order to give one and one-half tablets, the full tablets and half-tablets each need to be in a separate, labeled container in order to be given at school.
If your child has daily prescription medication and/or as-needed rescue inhalers or emergency medication, these medications will accompany them on field trips. Health Services staff do not routinely accompany students on field trips, and therefore, a teacher or trained staff member may be responsible for the administration of medication.
When nebulizer treatments are required, this should be communicated with the school nurse and students must provide their own nebulizer tubing, chamber, and mask. Each school is equipped with its own nebulizer machine to be used for students requiring treatments.
Cold and Flu Season
Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. The single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential severe complications is for children to get a seasonal influenza vaccine each year (cited per the CDC). Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older. Making healthy choices at school and at home can help prevent the flu and spreading flu to others.
The timing of flu can vary from season to season. In the United States, seasonal flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February, but flu viruses can cause illness from early October to late May.
Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through coughs and sneezes of infected people. Less often, a person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.
- Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
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Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing.
When completed between the ages of 3 and 4, screening can detect possible health or learning concerns so that children can get help before they start school.
Early Childhood Screening is required for all children in a School Readiness preschool program and is mandatory for any child who will attend kindergarten at a public school in Minnesota.
At Early Childhood Screening, a trained professional will check your child's:
- Height & Weight
- Large & Small Muscles
- Thinking, Language & Communication Skills
- Social & Emotional Development
Early Childhood Screening is offered free of charge to all children living in the Byron Public School District. The screening will be held at Byron's District Administration and Community Services (DACS) building during the hours of 7:45 AM and 3:00 PM with appointments lasting approximately 90 minutes.
Call to set up an appointment today!
507-775-2336--Lynne Drumm, ECS Scheduling Coordinator
2020-2021 Early Childhood Screening Dates:
Monday, October 12th, 2020
Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
Friday, February 12th, 2021
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
Minnesota law requires that children enrolled in school are immunized against certain diseases or file a legal medical or conscientious exemption.
Per Minnesota Statute Section 121A.15, schools must monitor incoming kindergartners for immunization compliance of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, and rubella and 7th grade students for the addition of the meningococcal vaccine.
For copies of your child's vaccination records, talk to your doctor or call the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) at 651-201-3980. If a clinic copy is unavailable, a written list of your child's immunizations may be submitted on the following Student Immunization Form.
Please refer to the following links for additional information regarding Immunizations and School Immunization Requirements:
EXEMPTION FROM IMMUNIZATIONS
If immunization is medically contraindicated for a child, or if there is laboratory confirmation that a child is already immune to certain diseases against which immunization is normally required, the student may submit a statement to this effect, signed by a health care provider, in order to be considered exempt from the contraindicated or unnecessary immunization.
If a child's parent or guardian, or the child (in the case of an emancipated minor), wishes to be exempt, based on their beliefs, from one or more immunization requirements, the parent or child may submit a statement to this effect, signed by the submitting person and notarized.
Notarized exemption can be completed on the backside of the Student Immunization Form.