Health Office

The Sibley Health Offices is staffed during the day by a Licensed School Nurse (LSN). If a student becomes ill or is injured during the school day, they should report to the Health Office. The Health Staff will make a determination whether the student is able to remain in school or should be sent home. Parents/guardians will be called by staff when appropriate. In cases of an emergency, 911 will be called.

HENRY SIBLEY NURSE
Karen Leif
, LSN, RN, MA
651-403-7102 | karen.leif@isd197.org


WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS SICK

Parents and students frequently have questions about when it is appropriate to stay home from school because of illness. Please follow these guidelines:

  • If your child has had a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours.
  • If your child has vomited or had diarrhea within the past 24 hours.
  • If a student is placed on antibiotics, he or she should stay at home until 24 hours after taking the first dose.
  • If having your child at school would significantly put others at risk for contracting your child’s illness.
  • If you child feels ill enough that he/she would not be able to benefit from being at school.

If your student will not be attending school due to illness, please call the Sibley attendance line, 651-403-7107, as soon as you make the decision to keep them home. Please notify the school health office if your child has strep throat, chicken pox, head lice, pink eye, a rash or any other communicable concern.

FIRST AID 

Health paras provide first aid as needed, but are required to call 9-1-1 if a student requires more than basic first aid. Parents, please make sure the school has your current home and work telephone numbers so you can be easily reached in an emergency.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
All medications must be kept in the school health office. If your child requires any medication at school (prescription or over-the-counter), the nurse must have the following:

  • A written order from the licensed provider
  • Written permission from the parent/guardian
  • Medication in the original container

CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS 
If your child has a chronic health conditions like diabetes, asthma, seizures or a heart condition, you should provide the school nurse with a physician’s summary of the condition and any special instructions related to school activities. 

NO SHOTS, NO SCHOOL 
To enroll or remain enrolled in School District 197, all students must show proof of immunizations or provide the legal exemption required by Minnesota law. Required immunizations include diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox). Children who have had chickenpox do not need the varicella vaccination proof must be provided that they have had the disease. 

PHYSICAL AND DENTAL EXAMS
Students participating in athletics are required to have a physical exam every three years. All other students should follow the physical exam schedule recommended by their doctor. Dental exams are strongly encouraged once per year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION 
For more information, please visit the District 197 Health Services page, or contact:

DISTRICT 197 HEALTH SERVICES COORDINATOR
Stacie O'Leary, RN
651-403-8040 | stacie.oleary@isd197.org