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 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).
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
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:Amy Bangerter, RN, MSN, LSN, PHNSecondary Schools & Community SchoolOffice - 651-982-8741Trisha Pizzuti ,BSN, RN, LSNElementary schoolsOffice - 651-982-8338Colleen Flaten,RN,BSN,LSN,M.EdSpecial Education & Third Party BillingOffice - (651) 982-8343District Nurse Fax: (651) 982-8542
Elementary School Health Offices:Columbus, Alicia Sandell, LPN - (651) 982-8905Forest Lake, Anita Humphreys, LPN - (651) 982-3203Forest View, Megan Kulenkamp, RN - (651) 982-8214Lino Lakes, Joe Zeleny, LPN - (651) 982-8852Linwood, Jackie Bruhjell, LPN - (651) 982-1902Scandia, Christine Smith, LPN - (651) 982-3304Wyoming, Jami Kenyon, LPN - (651) 982-8004St. Peter's, Cathryn Zerwas, LPN - (651) 982-2215
Secondary School Health Offices:Area Learning Center, Angie Taylor, LPN - (651) 982-3150Middle School, Dana Pfenning, LPN - (651) 982-3009High School, Heather Johnson, LPN - (651) 982-8423
Important Health Information for Parents
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.