Wilshire Park Health Overview
School District Nurse:
Lori Watzl-King, RN, Licensed School Nurse
Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
612-706-1107: St. Anthony High School/Middle School
612-706-1205: Wilshire Park Elementary
Wilshire Park Nurse's Office:
Health Office Phone: 612.706.1205
Attendance Line: 612.706.1204
The focus of School Health Services is to provide care that promotes student achievement and academic success by providing health care that keeps students in the classroom, ready to learn. Our goal is to promote and maintain the health and well-being of all students and staff by:
- Managing chronic health care conditions
- Providing interventions that return students to class
- Reducing and shortening illness related absences
- Identifying health related barriers and referring for appropriate care
- Providing annual health screenings for vision and hearing
- Providing educational materials and instruction in medical and health issues
- Promoting a safe and healthy school environment
What Can be Done to Keep Children Healthy?
Handwashing is the single most important technique for preventing the spread of disease.
Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing or cough/sneeze into elbow or sleeve.
Proper disposal of tissues.
Age appropriate immunizations.
Take prescribed antibiotic for the full course of therapy.
Teach children not to share items such as combs, brushes, hats to prevent spread of head lice.
Notify the school nurse if your child(ren) has a communicable condition such as strep throat, chickenpox, lice, impetigo, ringworm, etc.
Medications in School
Medications sent to school must be sent in the prescription container or original container for non-prescription drugs and taken directly to the nurse's office. Students cannot carry medication with them in the building. The "Authorization for Administration of Medication at School" form should be filled out and signed for all medications, prescription and non-prescription.
All students must comply with Minnesota immunization laws. All kindergarten students entering Wilshire Park must provide immunization information when registering. All immunizations must be up-to-date prior to starting school or the child will not be allowed to enter school until the immunizations are obtained.
All students in Grades 1, 3, and 5 will have Vision and Hearing screened in the fall.
If a student does not pass the vision or hearing screening procedure according to the Minnesota Department of Health standards, the screening will be repeated. If the student does not pass the screening the second time, a physician referral notice will be sent to the parent. Parents are strongly encouraged to return the completed referral form to the Health Services office.
District 282 does not include screening for convergence insufficiency disorder as part of its vision screening program. Parents with concerns about the condition should see their licensed eye care specialist for assessment and treatment. Schools follow the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommendations for vision screening and follow-up. Vision screenings for school use are not available for diagnosing convergence insufficiency.
The school nurse is available each day to respond to student needs, talk with parents, meet with staff, visit classrooms, address individual medical and health concerns, as well as:
- Treatment for acute illnesses, first aid needs and medical crises
- Medication management and administration
- Direct care for children with medical conditions
- Development of health care plans and participation in legally mandated planning and services for
- Individual students
- Enforcement of immunization laws and regulations and Early Childhood Screening
- Health education and consultation to students and staff