Park Rapids District Schools' Health Service is committed to helping each student achieve the best possible school experience. The Health Service Department is comprised of Jennifer Jackson, Licensed School Nurse, whose office is located in the High School. The High School nurse's hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., her phone number is 237-6441. Cathy Parks is the Century School health specialist. The Elementary Health Office's hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The telephone number is 237-6210.
A child's education encompasses not only academic proficiency but also the learning of life's skills. To that end, our goal is to be role models as well as teachers. We believe in treating each individual student with respect and dignity. Helping students and their families cope and be responsible for special health concerns is a challenge that we gladly accept. We feel that good communication with parents and students promotes a strong sense of community. Sharing our knowledge and learning from the students and their parents teacher us that we are ALL important and have something to contribute. The Park Rapids District Health Services will continue our quest to make each child a "healthy learner".
What immunizations or shots are needed to attend school?
The information below is copied directly from the Minnesota Department of Health Information sheet, IC#141-0903 (MDH, 2014):
It depends on how old your child is. Here is a summary of how many shots children need at different ages:
Preschool: 4 DPT; 3 Polio; 1 MMR; 1 HIB; 1 Varicella or date of disease, and, new this year, Hepatitis A.
Kindergarten: 5 DPT (5th shot not needed IF 4th shot was received after age 4); 4 Polio (4th polio may not be needed if 3rd was after age 4; 2 MMR; 3 Hepatitis; 2 Varicella
Age 7 -11 (typically 1st through 6th grade): at least 3 DTP; at least 3 Polio; 2 MMR; 3 hepatitis B and 2 vericella
Age 12 and older (typically 7th through 12th Grade): at least 3 DPT AND one Tdap shot required after age 7; at least 3 Polio; 2 MMR; 3 Hepatitis B; 2 Varicella; Meningococcal (at age 11-12 years)
These are the shots the School Law requires. Parents may get a legal exemption from the school law for medical reasons or conscientiously held beliefs.
The Minnesota Department of Health has a very helpful handout on immunizations (link). You can also get more information by calling your doctor, clinic or health plan.