COVID-19 Updates

A letter from your nurse:

Dear Spartan Families,

My name is Riana Damjanovich and I serve as the District Nurse for Nashwauk-Keewatin Schools. Many of the students call me “Nurse D.” I know that our communities are feeling the impact of COVID-19 and the changes that are happening around us. This is a stressful and ever-changing time for all of us.

If you have questions about available resources or coordination of healthcare services, please email me at rdamjanovich@isd319.org or call me at (218) 885-1280 ext: 51154.

If you feel that you or a loved one are in a crisis, please dial 2-1-1 for assistance regarding essential community services.

If you feel that you or a loved one are suicidal, please text 61222 for assistance.

If you would like to use Telemedicine and speak to a doctor, here are a few options: PlushCare, Doctor on Demand, OnCare, and MDLive. They are available 24/7. Telemedicine helps to manage ongoing conditions, like depression, diabetes or hypertension; everyday care issues like hair loss or birth control; and urgent care issues, like cold and flu, sinus infections or UTIs.

PlushCare is available at https://plushcare.com/

Doctor on Demand is available at https://www.doctorondemand.com/

MDLive is available at https://www.mdlive.com/

OnCare is available at https://www.oncare.org/

Essentia Health E-Visits are available at https://www.essentiahealth.org/services/e-visit/

Please feel free to reach out if you are unsure about any of the above.

Remember, the best prevention measures for you and your loved ones are to wash your hands often, cover your cough and sneeze into your elbow or tissue, wear a cloth face covering, and stay home as much as possible.

Videos for Students

Why Can't I See My Friends? COVID-19 and Combating Social Isolation

Handwashing Video for Kids

The Importance of Kids Wearing Masks with Lt. Governor Flanagan and Special Guest

Cloth masks are one of the easiest ways we can limit the spread of COVID-19. And while our littlest Minnesotans are less affected by COVID-19, they can still get sick or spread the virus to others who might be severely impacted. We need everyone five and up to mask up. Parents – start practicing good mask wearing habits with your kiddos this summer so they’re ready for whatever the fall brings. Make it part of your routine to put on a mask any time you head out the door. It’s like tying your shoes or riding a bike – it takes some practice, but it’s best if we all know how to do it safely. Let’s mask up, Minnesota! For up to date information about COVID-19 visit health.mn.gov

Face Shields

A face shield (a clear plastic barrier that covers the face) is primarily used for eye protection for the person wearing it. At this time, it is not known what level of protection a face shield provides to people nearby from the spray of respiratory droplets from the wearer. There is currently not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of face shields for source control. Therefore, CDC does not currently recommend use of face shields as a substitute for masks.

A face shield allows visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception and may be used as an alternative to a face covering in the following situations: 

  • Among students in Kindergarten through grade 8, when wearing a face covering is problematic. 
  • By teachers (all grades), when wearing a face covering may impede the educational process. 
  • For staff, students, or visitors who cannot tolerate a face covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition. 
  • For staff providing direct support student services, when a face covering impedes the service being provided. 

For optimal protection, the face shield should extend below the chin anteriorly, to the ears laterally, and there should be no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece.


2020-2021 Planning Guide for Schools

Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations under Executive Order 20-81

CDC Calls On Americans To Wear Masks To Prevent COVID-19 Spread

When You Can Be Around Others After You Had Or Likely Had COVID-19

Toolkit for K-12 Schools

Toolkit for Young Adults: 15 to 21

Early Childhood Screening

Who: Children 3 and 4 years of age

What: Screening in early childhood supports children's readiness for Kindergarten and promotes health and development. Screening includes vision and hearing, height and weight, immunization review, large and small muscles, thinking, language and communication skills as well as social and emotional development. Early Childhood Screening or a comparable comprehensive screening is required for public school Kindergarten entrance.

When: September 25th, 2020

October 23rd, 2020

February 26th, 2021

Please call (218) 885-1280 ext.51154 for an appointment.

Where: Nashwauk Lutheran Church

304 3rd Street, Nashwauk, MN 55769


Immunizations are important to keep your child and those around them healthy at school. Vaccines are recommended throughout childhood.  Specifically, there are vaccinations required before Kindergarten and prior to entering the 7th and 12th grades. 

If you do not plan to have your child immunized for medical reasons or personal beliefs please submit a notarized conscientious objection form or documentation from your physician indicating medical exemption.

Are Your Kids Ready? Minnesota's Immunization Law

Teens Need Shots Too!

Hearing and Vision Screening

Minnesota Department of Health recommends that all children receive a hearing and vision screening annually from kindergarten through third grade and in grades five, eight, and eleven. If vision or hearing difficulties are detected at screening, you will be notified by the District Nurse.  If you have concerns regarding your child's hearing or vision, please let the District Nurse know.

Helpful Links:

Emoji Illness Guide- When should kids stay home from school?