Student Health Services
Welcome to the Brainerd Public Schools Student Health Services website. This site contains health services information that applies to all schools in the District. To access important information or health forms, click on any of the topics.
The Student Health Services team collaborates with educational and support services within the school and the community to promote wellness and resolve health concerns which create barriers to learning. Licensed school nurses (LSN) and health paraprofessionals work together to meet the students’ physical, social and emotional health needs and the health and safety of the entire school community.
To provide health related services which strengthen the educational process, in partnership with parents and school staff.
Nurturing Healthy Learners
- Students need 8-10 hours of sleep. Set appropriate bedtimes and help your child get n the habit of going to bed on time.
- Good nutrition is also directly related to the ability to learn. A good breakfast fuels the brain for the morning. Top foods for brains: whole grains, eggs, fish, all berries, broccoli, nuts, tomatoes.
- Good attendance is critical for learning. All students should strive for a 95% or better attendance record (one day absence per month average.)
- Hand washing remains the single most effective way of reducing illness: colds, flu and communicable diseases.
- Regular exams with medical and dental providers help to prevent health problems. See your school nurse for available resources.
- Daily physical exercise is important. Limit your child’s time viewing television, playing video games and cell phone use.
- Water, water, water! Oxygen is the #1 super fuel of the brain, water is #2. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
The school health offices are staffed each student day by a health services paraprofessional or building secretary, with licensed school nurse support in the building or on-call within the District.
Licensed School Nurses
- Together with the health paraprofessional, promote and maintain the health and well-being of all students.
- Delegate and supervise first-aid care, medication administration and health procedures.
- Assess, plan and document for students with health issues.
- Provide and plan the direct services for chronically ill or medically fragile students needing health procedures
- Plan and provide for vision, hearing and referrals (grades 1,3,5,7,9).
- Provide health consultation and education to students, staff and families.
- Provide referrals to community resources.
- Coordinated prevention and control of communicable concerns.
- Are registered nurses with a baccalaureate/master’s degree and are licensed in public health and school nursing.
- Participate as part of the Special Education team, providing nursing services as needed.
- Provide routine and emergency first-aid care to students and staff with illnesses and injuries.
- Provide care to students with chronic medical conditions as delegated by the LSN.
- Maintain documentation of immunizations and other health issues as part of the student health record.
- Administer medications as delegated by the LSN.
- Assist with monitoring and providing information regarding communicable concerns.
- Are certified in CPR and First Aid, may also be licensed as an LPN.