The primary mission of the Wayzata Public School Health Service is to promote the health and safety of students, recognizing that healthy children are better learners. This is accomplished through a comprehensive program that includes prevention, health education and direct health care for students with physical, social and psychological concerns. The district nurses and health paraprofessionals work together to achieve these goals.
Wayzata Public Schools' Nurses have a minimum of a Baccalaureate in Nursing and are RNs with additional licensure in Public Health and School Nursing. The role of the Licensed School Nurse, LSN, is to:
Supervise and direct care provided by health paraprofessionals
When needed, provide physical assessment, direct nursing care and specialized health procedures to students and staff
Develop school healthcare guidelines utilizing best practice standards
Develop and assist with the implementation of individual health plans for students with chronic health conditions.
Train and support school staff to assist students’ needs as identified by their health plans
Promote and assist in the control of communicable diseases through the monitoring of immunization requirements, early detection, surveillance, reporting and follow-up of contagious diseases
Serves as a member of the Special Education team to identify and plan for students with educationally relevant medical needs.
Provide teaching and certification in First Aid and CPR to health care staff and other interested district staff.
Serve as a resource, liaison and advocate for students, parents and community service organizations regarding individual and general health care issues.
The health paraprofessionals work in the school health offices under the supervision of the district nurse. They are certified in CPR and First Aid and receive targeted health education on pertinent school health related topics such as diabetes, anaphylaxis, asthma and epilepsy. The role of the health paraprofessional is to:
Provide direct care to students who become ill during the school day
Administer First Aid to students and staff
Alert parent/guardian when a student needs to go home or if they require further observation or medical care
Perform nursing procedures when delegated by District Nurse
Assist District Nurse with the prevention and control of communicable diseases. Distribute communicable disease information to school staff and parents as needed
Monitor compliance with state required immunizations and “No Shots No School” legislation