Health Services

  • The Forest Lake School District’s Health Service mission is to promote the health, safety and well being of students. We strive to reinforce healthy behaviors and remove health related barriers to learning.

    Each school building has a health office that is primarily staffed with a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). There are also three Licensed School Nurses (LSN’s) who cover the district. As a team the LPN and LSN will provide professional support to students enrolled in the district. Several school buildings also have LPN's that work in Special Education with students who have medical needs.

    The School District has developed policies and procedures that are based on recommendations from the MN Department of Health (MDH) and the MN Department of Education (MDE). The state of MN also has several laws pertaining to student health that must be followed. The health and well being of every student is important. How an illness can effect the student population as a whole is considered when developing these policies and procedures. 

    Student Health Services Letter

Student Confidentiality and HIPAA

  • The HIPAA Privacy Rule allows covered health care providers to disclose PHI about students to school nurses, physicians, or other health care providers for treatment purposes, without the authorization of the student or student’s parent.  For example, a student’s primary care physician may discuss the student’s medication and other health care needs with a school nurse who will administer the student’s medication and provide care to the student while the student is at school. In addition, a covered health care provider may disclose proof of a student's immunizations directly to a school nurse or other person designated by the school to receive immunization records if the school is required by State or other law to have such proof prior to admitting the student, and a parent, guardian, or other person acting in loco parentis has agreed to the disclosure.  See 45 CFR 164.512(b)(1)(vi).

    Created 11/25/08

    Content created by Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
    Content last reviewed on July 26, 2013

    Taken from:  U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Health Information Privacy

    https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/faq/517/does-hipaa-allow-a-health-care-provider-to-disclose-information-to-a-school-nurse/index.htm

Nurse's Notes

  • Our District Nurse's will be adding information on a monthly basis. Check back here and click on the links below to learn more:


    Click here for information on 6th to 7th grade transition.
    Click here for information on the AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) in all district buildings.
    Click here for information on Children's Dental Health
    Click here for information on influenza (flu) or norovirus (gastroenteritis).
    Click here for information on flu prevention/how to reduce the spread of germs. 
    Click here for information on our lice procedure.
    Click here for information on when to keep your student home from school.

Health Services Directory

  • District School Nurses:

    Darla S. John, BSN, RN, LSN
    Secondary schools & St Peter's
    Office - (651) 982-8460
    djohn@flaschools.org
     
    Trisha Pizzuti ,BSN, RN, LSN
    Elementary schools
    Office - 651-982-8338
    tpizzuti@flaschools.org 
     
    Colleen Flaten,RN,BSN,LSN,M.Ed
    Special Education & Third Party Billing
    Office - (651) 982-8343
    cflaten@flaschools.org
     
    District Nurse Fax: (651) 982-8542  
     

    Elementary School Health Offices:

    Columbus, Alicia Sandell, LPN - (651) 982-8905
    Forest Lake, Anita Humphreys, LPN - (651) 982-3203
    Forest View, Megan Kulenkamp, RN - (651) 982-8214
    Lino Lakes, Joe Zeleny, LPN - (651) 982-8852
    Linwood, Jackie Bruhjell, LPN - (651) 982-1902
    Scandia, Christine Smith, LPN - (651) 982-3304
    Wyoming, Jami Kenyon, LPN - (651) 982-8004
    St. Peter's, Cathryn Zerwas, LPN - (651) 982-2215 
     

    Secondary School Health Offices:

    Area Learning Center, Angie Taylor, LPN - (651) 982-3150
    Middle School, Dana Pfenning, LPN - (651) 982-3009
    High School, Heather Johnson, LPN - (651) 982-8423

District Head Lice Procedure

  • Forest Lake Area Schools has updated the procedure for managing students with head lice. The change is to better align with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). Students can return to class after treatment for active head lice. To respect confidentiality, parents of unaffected students will not be notified.

    More information about this change can be found here.