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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 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

Information Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please visit our district's COVID-19 website for updates, information and resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hearing & Vision Screenings

Hearing and vision screenings are done on all students in grades 1, 3, and 5.  In addition, further vision and hearing screenings may be completed for students on an IEP who are due for an evaluation.

Staff Directory

District School Nurses:

Amy Bangerter, RN, MSN, LSN, PHN
Secondary Schools & Community School
651-982-8741
abangerter@flaschools.org

Trisha Pizzuti, BSN, RN, LSN
Elementary Schools
651-982-8742
tpizzuti@flaschools.org 

Colleen Flaten, RN, BSN, LSN, M.Ed
Special Education & Third Party Billing
(651) 982-8343
cflaten@flaschools.org

Bonnie Hushagen, RN
Early Childhood & School Readiness
(651) 982-3165
bhushagen@flaschools.org

District Nurse Fax: (651) 982-8542  

Elementary School Health Offices:

Columbus, Margaret Slagle, RN - (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, Jennifer Dahlin, CMA - (651) 982-3304

Wyoming, Jami Kenyon, LPN - (651) 982-8004

Secondary School Health Offices:

Community School, Megan Tanner, LPN - (651) 982-3150

Middle School, Dana Pfenning, LPN - (651) 982-3009

High School, Heather Johnson, LPN - (651) 982-8423