Nashwauk-Keewatin School Nurse
Gina Stimac, LPN School Nurse
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/
If you feel that you or a loved one are suicidal, please text 61222 for assistance.
Covid 19 Updates
We continue to follow the CDC recommendations for Covid. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.
When to Stay Home
Any temperature greater than 100 degrees F is considered a fever. Children must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication (such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, etc.) in order to return to school. This applies even if the underlying cause of the fever is non-infectious, such as middle ear infections, etc. Children with a fever do not usually feel well enough to participate in and attend school activities. It is recommended that they are given 24 hours to recover from the fever before returning to school. Please note that a child who exhibits symptoms of illness without a fever may be sent home if the nurse feels this is in the best interest of the child or the child’s classmates (with compromised immune systems).
Children with an upper respiratory infection without a fever may attend school if they feel well enough to do so. It is helpful in preventing the spread of illness if children learn to use tissues to cover sneezes and coughs and wash hands after contact with the secretions.
Anytime antibiotics are prescribed for strep throat the student must stay home until he/she has taken the medication for 24 hours.
Any child who has been on antibiotic therapy for 24 hours is no longer considered infectious and may return to school. This includes infections of the eye, nose, and skin. (Exception is pink eye, not all doctors treat this) A doctor or school nurse will decide if an exclusion is necessary to protect others from being infected.
Children with diarrhea should remain home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours. The only exception is if the diarrhea is the result of a chronic condition, then a note from the doctor is needed indicating that the diarrhea is not infectious.
Vomiting and diarrhea are not considered "normal". Often, children will feel better after vomiting, but will quickly become ill again. Keep them home until they are free of symptoms for at least 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting. As with diarrhea, the only exception is if the vomiting is the result of a chronic condition, then a note from the doctor is needed indicating that the vomiting is not infectious.
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.
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.
Who: Children 3 and 4 years of ageWhat age should my child be screened??? Ages 3, 4 and 5! The best age is 3.5 years of age. Screening is required by the State of Minnesota, prior to Kindergarten entrance.
A screening includes height/weight, vision/hearing, general development, health history and immunization review. The screening will show your student’s strengths and determine what your child may need to work on to be successful in Kindergarten. Also will connect you with resources in the school and community.
*You are able to attend any district for screening, regardless of where your child will be attending Kindergarten. So feel free to schedule screening at the location and date that works best for your family.*
To schedule an appointment for early childhood screening, please call:
ISD 002 - Hill City - (218) 697-2394 Ext. 102
ISD 318 - Grand Rapids/Bigfork(218) 327-5730
ISD 118 - Northland Community Schools(218) 566-2351
ISD 319 - Nashwauk-Keewatin(218) 885-1280 Ext. 51154
ISD 316 - Greenway(218) 245-6604
ISD 698 - Floodwood(218) 476-2285 ext 70108
ISD 317 - Deer River(218) 246-8860 Ext. 60412
October dates and locations of screening:
Oct 6 Bigfork
Oct 6 Floodwood
Oct 13 Marble School
Oct 26 Grand Rapids
November, December, January dates and locations of screening:
Nov 28 Grand Rapids
Dec 1 Marble School
Jan 24 Grand Rapids
February dates and locations of screening:
Feb 2 Marble School
Feb 9 Deer River - King Elementary
Feb 14 Hill City
Feb 16 Keewatin Elementary
Feb 21 Grand Rapids
March dates and locations of screening:
Mar 1 Floodwood
Mar 13 Grand Rapids
Mar 15 Remer
April dates and locations of screening:
Apr 5 Deer River - King Elementary
Apr 12 Marble School
Apr 17 Grand Rapids
April 26 Grand Rapids
May dates and locations of screening:
May 3 Deer River - King Elementary
May 8 Grand Rapids
May 9 Grand Rapids
May 10 Marble School
Please EMAIL during the summer as phone messages are not checked often: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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, do not hesitate to contact the nurse.