The Health Office at Scott Highlands Middle School is staffed by Colleen Pudwill, Licensed School Nurse. Nurse Pudwill is committed to working with students, families, and staff to promote optimal health and academic success for all students. Office hours are from 7:30 am to 3:20 pm on all days students are in school. Services offered in the health office include in-school care management for chronic and acute health conditions, assistance with medication administration and health care procedures, vision, hearing, and growth and development screenings, first aid, and communicable disease prevention and intervention.
You can also visit the district health page for more information.
Healthy students are successful students
Our school staff provide a variety of services that support a healthy learning community. We are committed to providing students with health conditions access to their education by facilitating their independence and creating a community of support by working collaboratively with the student, their family and district staff. School nurses promote optimal student health for optimal learning.
Establish healthy habits early to ensure your child’s success
Instilling healthy habits and routines (adequate sleep/nutrition) and consistent attendance ensures a student’s success in school even as early as kindergarten. We know that too many absences/tardies, for whatever reason, can cause children to fall behind both academically and socially.
To help ensure healthy habits consult with your health care provider regarding well-visits and immunizations, as well as maintain good hygiene. Also:
- Get the appropriate vaccines.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Practice physical distancing from members outside your household, when appropriate (staying more than 6 feet apart).
- Stay home if you are sick (so you do not spread the illness to other people).
- Use a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand and turn away from other people.
- Use single-use tissues. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
- Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using tissues.
- If working with children, have them play with hard surface toys that can be easily cleaned and disinfected.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands (viruses can enter your body from unwashed hands).
- Do not share cups, glasses, dishes, cutlery, cigarettes or cellphones.
- When recommended by public health authorities, wear a non-medical mask when in a public space and physical distancing cannot be maintained.
The school district will follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health for recommended exclusion and notification for vaccine-preventable diseases including coronivirus, mumps, measles, rubella, pertussis, diphtheria, viral hepatitis, chickenpox and meningitis. Families will not be notified and students are not excluded for lice, pink eye or strep throat.
We are fortunate to have two community health clinics in Dakota County to support children and families who are in need of minor and routine health care services. Please see the links below if you are looking for routine physicals, sports or camp physicals, initial mental health screenings, and other basic health care needs. All families welcome regardless of insurance status.
- Diamondhead Clinic (Eagan, Burnsville and Savage)
- Dakota Child and Family Clinic (Dakota County)