Kristy Brownell
Registered Nurse
218-894-5400 x3168

Karen Bergemann
Licensed Practical Nurse
218-894-5400 x3304


To promote the health and safety of the school-age child and to minimize or eliminate health-related barriers to learning. To promote employee health and well being.


To operate as a short-term facility where ill or injured students can rest and have their needs evaluated until they are able to return to class or be placed under their parent’s care. It is a site for health screening procedures as delineated by MN Dept. of Education, a center where health records are located and an area where nursing procedures are performed so that students can participate as fully as possible in the least restrictive educational setting.


The Health Assistant is an integral part of the health services team. They are medically trained personnel who provide first aid support for students and staff, do delegated nursing procedures, assist with screenings, organize and maintain the health room and keep the school nurse informed of the building needs and areas of concern. The District School Nurse provides direct professional support and service to students, families, and staff. They assess the health needs of students and staff, make appropriate referrals and do follow up. They function as a member of the building staff and are a liaison between other healthcare professionals, educators, students, and their families.

It is important that when a student has a chronic or potentially life-threatening condition (such as asthma, severe allergies, diabetes or seizures), that the parents, physicians, and the school nurse collaborate to create a plan to meet the student's specific health needs. Your child will need a completed form submitted to the school nurse at the beginning of each school year.

This health information will be shared with appropriate school personnel, as needed, with due respect to confidentiality. For your convenience, the forms are available below:

If your student has head lice, the first thing to keep in mind is DON'T PANIC. Though bothersome, head lice will not harm children and adults, nor cause illness. Having head lice does not mean a person is unclean or the environment is dirty. Head lice are almost always transmitted from one person to another by head-to-head contact. It is extremely rare for head lice to be transmitted in the school setting, and most often are transmitted during sleep-overs or sporting events.

Head Lice Information for Parents

Head Lice Handout from MDE

Parents are encouraged to check their children weekly for the presence of nits and/or lice. Our district policy is that children with live lice will be excluded from school and school events until treatment. Examine your child’s head and everyone else in the household for lice and nits. Start examining the head by beginning around the ears and at the nape of the neck and then the rest of the head. If your child does have lice, begin treatment.

Head lice are tiny insects that live only on the human head. Lice hatch from eggs, otherwise known as nits. Nit color ranges between white to brown. Nits are typically found around the ears and along the nape of the neck within ¼ inch of the scalp. Nits will hatch after seven to ten days. Once hatched, the nits are known as nymphs and within ten days, become adults. Nymphs and adult lice can be found on the head and feed on human blood to live. Live lice cannot live more than 48 hours without a feeding source.

When adult lice are found, it is likely that there has been an active infestation for 10-14 days. There may be no symptoms, or symptoms may be scratching of the head and reddened areas on the scalp.

Treatment consists of over the counter lice products and cleaning the environment. Recent studies have found that Pyrethrin based hair products are about 60-70% effective in the killing of lice. This is because of overtreatment or treating people who do not have lice. Cetaphil lotion® has been shown to be 97%effective in killing live lice. Start by saturating the hair from root to tip. Blow the hair dry and let it set for 8 hours. Shampoo with regular shampoo and remove nits. Daily removal of nits may be necessary for 8-10 days after treatment.

All fabric items in the household should be vacuumed, then remove the vacuum cleaner bag (don’t forget the car). Washable items should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer. Any item that can’t be washed should be bagged and stored outdoors for at least 48 hours, but preferably for 10 days.

Students should be reminded not to share clothing, combs, or engage in direct head to head contact activities (such as hugging).

For more information, please contact the District Nurse at 218-894-5400 ext 3163.

Students attending or enrolling at Staples-Motley are required to provide documentation of immunization status and be up to date on all required immunizations.

As of September 1st, 2014, the State of Minnesota updated the minimum requirements for vaccinations for public and private school students. Here is a link that shows which immunizations your student will need prior to attendance: Are your Kids Ready for School?

Staples-Motley fully supports any parent/guardian who chooses to be a conscientious objector to any or all immunizations. In some cases, there may be a medical exemption to the student receiving immunizations. In either case, we still require documentation of that objection or exemption. Here is a link that provides the necessary form we must have on file: Conscientious Objection/Medical Exemption. 
Please take note that Section 2B on the second page addresses Conscientious Objection or Medical Exemption.

  • The Parent/Guardian must identify which immunizations they are objecting to. Place the name of the immunization(s) after the sentence that reads

"I certify by notarization that it is contrary to my conscientiously held beliefs for my
child to receive the following
vaccine(s):" Then, sign in front of a notary, and return to the District Health Office

  • A Physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant must sign the Medical Exemption section. All students contracting Varicella (Chickenpox) after September 1, 2010 must provide a physician signed Medical Exemption for the Varicella vaccine.

If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the District Nurse. Contact information is located on the District Nurse home page. 

It is strongly recommended that students take medications at home under the supervision of an adult. However, we recognize that there may be special circumstances in which a student may require medications during the regularly scheduled school day. 

Staples-Motley District Policy #516 Student Medication

Medication is defined as prescription medication or over the counter(OTC) medication. No student may carry or take any medication at school without written authorization from the parent/guardian.

If your student requires prescription medication at school, we require a Physician Order. An Authorization to Dispense form is also required before the administration of any medication in the school setting. Orders must be renewed each year.

Staples-Motley Schools does not supply over the counter medications for students. Parents may provide over the counter medications in the original bottle/packaging to be kept in the health office for their child's use only. Any unused medication will be returned at the end of the school year.

It is strongly recommended you contact the District Nurse if your student has a special health need. Please see the Contact District Nurse page for more information. 

Students should not attend school under the following circumstances:

  • 24 hours after a fever greater than 100.0 without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • 24 hours after starting antibiotics for communicable infections such as Strep Throat or bacterial conjunctivitis (Pink Eye).
  • Influenza-like illness (fever over 100.00, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue)
  • Generally not well enough to participate in the daily school routine

For more specific information, click on the documents below:

Chickenpox Fifth-Disease
Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease Impetigo
Influenza MRSA
Noro Virus Pink Eye
Respiratory Infections Scabies
Shingles Staph Infections
Strep Throat Pertussis-Whooping Cough

If your student is not well enough to attend school, we request you contact your school's attendance office to report that they will not be in attendance that day. You may be asked brief questions about the student illness. Students unable to attend for more than 3 days in a row will be required to present a physicians' note to excuse the absences.

If your student has an injury which limits participation in normally scheduled activities at school (such as Physical Education) a physician's note is required delineating the activity level.