VVMS Health Associate
: Kim Syde, 952-681-5808
Health Office Hours - 7:30AM-2:20PM
The health office is staffed by a Health Associate during school hours. You may see the Health Associate for illnesses, first aid, medications and answering your health questions. You must bring a pass to the Health Office, except in an emergency. Your parent or guardian will be notified when you are unable to remain in school due to an injury or illness. If you have a contagious illness such as pink eye, strep throat, or head lice, you will be required to leave school. In the event of an injury, first aid will be administered. Other than emergencies, parents are expected to provide transportation for further medical assessment or treatment.
Students will be excused from physical education for health reasons with written consent from a parent or guardian. If you must be excused for more than three classes, a written statement from your doctor is required.
Medications will be administered at school only when other arrangements cannot be made. A medical authorization form with the parent and doctor signature is required for every medication given in school. You are not allowed to carry and self-administer medications. An exception to this is asthma inhalers, which you may carry with a doctor's order and your parent's permission. Medications (both prescription and nonprescription) need to be brought to the health office in the original labeled containers.
Health and Emergency Concerns
Each student is required to have a current completed emergency form on file that includes information about who to contact in the event of an illness or emergency. Health conditions are reported on the green emergency form. If you or your parent would like to discuss a health concern, please contact Valley View Middle's Health Associate, Mrs. Roers. A form is available for reporting health concerns to your bus driver. It is important for the school district to know about problems such as asthma, diabetes, or seizures, so they can respond appropriately to a possible emergency.
Immunizations and Physicals
The Minnesota state law requires students to be immunized against the following diseases: (DPT) diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, polio, (MMR) measles-mumps-rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella vaccine for chicken pox or note when the student had the disease.
You must have record of the immunizations with the full date or a notarized statement requesting an exemption to immunizations to register for school.
Since fall 2004, 7th grade students are required to have (Td) tetanus booster-after age 7 yrs. or within the past 5 years, 2nd (MMR) measles-mumps-rubella, hepatitis B series (series of 3 shots), and NEW - varicella vaccine for chicken pox or note of when the student had the disease.
If you are involved in middle school sports you are required to have a sports physical on file in the Health Office. Sports physical forms are available in the Health Office . A physical is good for 3 years from the date it is given. The health history must be filled out by student and parent, the doctor must fill out the examination side and also sign the back side for permission to participate in sports or other activities. The form must be signed by student, parent and doctor.
Allergies If you have any allergies, it is important to report this information to the Health Associate. Due to a number of students having an allergy to latex, schools do not allow latex balloons, latex gloves, or koosh balls. If you have a milk allergy, you may substitute juice for milk with your school lunch as long as you have a note from your doctor. If you have severe allergies, check with your doctor about having allergy medicine available for use at school.