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Nursing and Health Services

school nursesSchool nursing at MPS advances the well-being, academic success, lifelong achievement, and health of students. 

To help lower the transmission rate of COVID-19 in MPS schools, the nursing and health services department recommends following guidelines outlined by the CDC. Please see the COVID-19 expandable menu below and visit the Health and Safety section of the FAQ web page on the Roadmap to Readiness website for the most up-to-date information.

Health Service Goals

MPS school nursing and health services goals include the following:

  • Providing individual, quality nursing care
  • Encouraging parent/child communication involvement
  • Emphasizing health education and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community
  • Using all available community resource services so that all students will be able to achieve their maximum learning potential and well-being

Lynn O'Dell, nursing coordinator, with a studentDaily Responsibility for Nurses

School nurses provide but are not limited to the following tasks during the school year:

  • First aid/sudden illness care/emergency care
  • Contact tracing for COVID-19
  • Health and safety promotion, including a healthy environment
  • Intervention with actual and potential health problems
  • Case-management services
  • Medication management
  • Immunization compliance and follow-up
  • Vision screening and follow-up
  • Dental resources
  • CPR/AED skills
  • Facilitation of health communication among staff and parents
  • Health communication within the district
  • Collaboration with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning (National Association of School Nurses, 2010)

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According to the CDC, fewer than 10% of COVID-19 cases in the United States have been among children and adolescents ages 5–17.

Although outbreaks do occur in school settings and children can transmit COVID-19 to others, multiple studies have shown that transmission within school settings is typically lower than — or at least similar to — levels of community transmission when prevention strategies are in place in schools.

When parents help their children follow the prevention strategies below, transmission rates for COVID-19 can be lowered.

These strategies include the following:

• Facial masking

• Physical distancing

• Handwashing

• Respiratory etiquette (cover cough, sneeze, throw tissue into trash can)

• Using hand sanitizer

• Staying home when sick

• Getting tested for COVID-19

• Getting vaccinated

• Avoiding the sharing of items with your family and friends (such as food, drinks, devices, pens, pencils, etc.)

• Bringing own water bottle

• Providing consistent training, education, messaging

• Monitoring your child for the signs and symptoms of COVID-19

• Preparedness (contact tracing, isolation, quarantine criteria)

• Contacting your school nurse if you have questions or concerns

For more information about health and safety strategies at MPS and when to keep your child home from school, please visit the FAQ web page on the MPS Roadmap to Readiness website.

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Manager I, Health Services:

Tashanda Edelen, MSN, APNP, FNP-BC
Phone: 414-438-3539

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