Student Health Services

Services to students, faculty, and staff include, but are not limited to: first aid, administration of medications, screenings (vision/hearing and scoliosis), counseling, communicable disease control, and maintenance of school health records.

There is a school nurse on duty most of the hours that school is in session. It is important that an up-to-date Emergency Information card is on file with the nurse so she can reach a parent by phone if the student becomes ill or injured.

Health forms may be downloaded from the page to the left.

Revised Immunization Requirements Announced by the Minnesota Department of Health for the 2014-15 School Year

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has announced revisions to the immunization schedules for children and teens. According to the MDH website, “Changes to immunization requirements for children in Minnesota childcare, early childhood programs and schools will better protect children and communities from a number of potentially serious diseases. The new rules, adopted by the MDH today, will apply to children enrolling in programs beginning September 1, 2014, and bring Minnesota’s immunizations law in line with current national recommendations and practices.” The changes primarily impact students entering Pre-K and seventh grade next fall, but it is highly recommended that all families consider meeting these new requirements as they are based on best practices for preventing disease.

As families anticipate making appointments with pediatricians this spring and summer, please be aware of the immunization requirements for starting school next fall.

Students entering seventh grade will now need a Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) booster. This is a change from the previously required Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) booster. These students will also need two doses of the Meningococcal vaccine (MCV, MPSV) or at least the first of the two-shot series. This is in addition to the previously required vaccines.

To go to school in Minnesota, students must show they’ve had these immunizations or file a legal exemption with the school. Parents may file a medical exemption signed by a healthcare provider or a conscientious objection signed by a parent/guardian, which must be notarized.

If you have any questions about these revised requirements please contact your doctor or visit the MDH website to learn more about these new guidelines (http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/immrule/newlawfs.html), or to access the updated K-12 or Pre-K immunization forms.

You may also contact Lucy Poole LSN at lpoole@cadets.com. Please note that Saint Thomas Academy adheres to Minnesota law mandating that all students be 100 percent compliant with MN Immunization requirements before they are allowed to start school in the fall. If your student is entering seventh grade or is new to STA next fall, we greatly appreciate your cooperation in submitting appropriate immunization records for your child on or before July 1, 2014.