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Health Services

The health office is located in the general office area. The nurse’s office hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The school nurse is available to coordinate and provide care for our students.

Student must have a pass from their teacher before reporting to the health office, unless it is an emergency. If a student wants to come to the health office between classes, he/she must obtain a pass from the teacher of the next hour’s class.

Students may not leave school or arrange for their own ride home without first reporting to the nurse. The school nurse will assess the illness and call if necessary.

Prescription medication brought to school must be turned into the health office upon school arrival. District policy states the following rules regarding prescription medication administration at school:

Healthy students are successful students

Licensed school nurses provide a variety of services that support a healthy learning environment for all students and staff in District 196. Each day, our school nurses assist with more than 2,500 student visits. We are committed to providing students with health conditions access to their education by facilitating their independence and creating a community of support by working collaboratively with the student, their family and district staff. School nurses promote optimal student health for optimal learning. 


All students are welcome in school. There are no exclusions for health conditions or illness, unless directed by the Minnesota Department of Health or Centers for Disease Control. Our nurses work with students and their families, staff and health care providers developing accommodations for school attendance. 

Establish healthy habits early to ensure your child’s success

Instilling healthy habits and routines (adequate sleep/nutrition) and consistent attendance ensures a student’s success in school even as early as kindergarten. We know that too many absences/tardies, for whatever reason, can cause children to fall behind both academically and socially.

The school district will follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health for recommended exclusion and notification for vaccine-preventable diseases including mumps, measles, rubella, pertussis, diphtheria, viral hepatitis, chickenpox and meningitis. Families will not be notified and students are not excluded for lice, pink eye or strep throat.

Health office resources

Portrait of School Nurse Hilary Gallaher


Hilary Gallaher,
VMSS School Nurse