Gina Stimac, LPN School Nurse Nashwauk-Keewatin#319 218-885-1280 x51154

Covid-19 District Policy for Quarantine & Isolation.

COVID-19 Updates

A letter from your nurse:

Dear Spartan Families,

Please see our website for the latest updates. We continue to follow the CDC recommendations for Covid. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.

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: PlushCareDoctor on DemandOnCare, 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

Doctor on Demand is available at

MDLive is available at

OnCare is available at

Essentia Health E-Visits are available at

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 when you are not feeling well.

Videos for Students

Handwashing Video for Kids

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

Parent Q&A

Positive COVID test:

  • Stay home for at least 5 days from the day that symptoms started AND until no fever for at least 24 hours without taking medication AND symptoms are improved. Please continue to update the nurse on positive tests.

  • Siblings AND household members do not need to quarantine.

Will my child be tested for COVID at school?


Will my child be sent home if they only have a fever?

Possibly. If the fever is greater than 100 degrees, we will follow the School Health Manual and send your child home just like other years.

What if a friend was exposed to a positive COVID person and then I was around them?

You would watch for symptoms to see if you develop any along with those that you live with, but you do not need to stay home as that is considered a second-person exposure.

prevent the spread of covid

Is your child age 3-5?  Now is the time to get them screened! Early Childhood Screening is a free and simple check of how your child is growing, developing and learning. Screening at 3 is preferred, but a child may be screened between the ages of 3 and the start of kindergarten as required by law.* What to expect at a screening appointment: A trained professional will check: • Vision and hearing • Height and weight • Immunizations (shots) • Large and small muscles • Thinking, language and communication skills • Social and emotional development.  Our next screening is February 3rd, 2023.  Please call to schedule with: Gina Stimac, LPN, School Nurse ISD 319 (218)885-1280

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 ScreeninWhen: February 3rd, 2023

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

Where: Keewatin Elementary School


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?

kids holding letters to spell healthy