Health Services

Our health offices provide high-quality health care that promotes the health and well-being of the entire Minnehaha Academy community.

Our health offices are staffed by full-time Registered Nurses who are also Licensed School Nurses. It is the mission of the Health Office to sustain a school environment that promotes and supports student health and well-being.


It is open weekdays 8:30am–3:00pm during the academic school year.

New Health Diagnosis or illness

  • Students are not to leave school if they are ill without first going to the Health Office.  Failure to do so may result in an unverified absence.
  • Parents need to communicate their student’s specific health condition to the Health Office so that the student, parent and Nurse can collaborate to determine how best to manage the health condition.
  • If a student is unable to remain in school due to illness or injury, a parent or guardian will be notified by the Health Office.
  • No student will be released from school until a parent or guardian or emergency contact have been notified and assumes responsibility for the student’s care.

Medication Administration

For the safety of students, it is recommended that medication be given at home whenever possible (e.g. medication prescribed three times a day can be given before school, after school, and at bedtime).

If medication must be given during school hours, be aware of the following school medication policy:

  • All prescription medication needs prior submission and approval of the Authorization for Administration of Medication Form
  • Medications need to be brought to school in the original pharmacy label with the following on the label:
    • Student’s full name
    • Name and dosage of medication
    • Licensed Prescriber’s name
    • Current date
    • A parent or guardian needs to bring the Medication to the Health Office
  • Emergency Medication (such as inhalers or epi-pens) can be held by student with parent and physician permission.  All other prescription medication needs to be kept in the health office.
  • Upper School students may carry and self administer non-prescription pain medicine (e.g. Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen) only for their personal use if the parent/guardian signs the Self-Administration of Pain Medication Form annually.

Prior to Coming to School in the Fall

  • Students must demonstrate proof of full immunization (or file a legal exemption) prior to the first day of school, per Minnesota law.
  • Students participating in sports must complete a Physical Examination Clearance Form from the MN State High School League every three years.
  • Students may need to have a physical exam completed if requested by the Health Office.
  • In order for the school nurse to best care for your student, please contact the Health Office with any health concerns, acute illness, concussion, or new medical diagnoses prior to starting the school year.  MA is willing to work with families to come up with the best plan of care for a student.


Instructions for Completing Required Health Forms

Due to the importance of this information, we need specific forms completed prior to your student starting school. The following is a summary of which health forms are required annually for our students.

  1. Minnesota Immunization Law requires that all students have received the necessary vaccines prior to attending school or that they claim medical or conscientious exemption. Therefore, immunization records are required for all new students as well as existing students in preschool, kindergarten, and 7th grade. Submit records by completing an Health Examination Form (Grades PreK–5/Grades 6–12). Hard copies of the form can be obtained in our Health Offices on campus or your pediatrician’s office. 

    Note: Students must be fully immunized by the first day of school. Transfer students are allowed 30 days to provide proof of immunization or proof of medical or conscientious exemption.

  2. Upper school students may carry and self-administer non-​prescription pain medicine, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, if the parent completes the ​Self-Administration of Pain Medication Form​ annually and the medication is brought to school in a properly labeled bottle.

  3. Minnesota State High School League requires athletes complete the Physical Examination Clearance Form form every three years.


Grade Emergency Health Information Form Physical Exam Summary Form Self-Administration of Pain Medication Form
Preschool Submit Online Physical Record N/A
Kindergarten Submit Online Physical Record N/A
Grades 1–6 Submit Online N/R N/A
Grade 7 Submit Online Physical Record N/A
Grade 8 Submit Online N/R N/A
Grades 9–12 Submit Online Physical Record Physical Record


Please submit Lower & Middle School Physical Records to:
Paul Slininger, RN
Minnehaha Academy
4200 West River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Please submit Upper School Physical Records to:
Health Office c/o Heidi Streed RN/LSN
Minnehaha Academy
3100 West River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55406


Students should not come to school if they have any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever of 100ªF or higher in the past 24 hours without fever-reducing medication
  • Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • An undiagnosed skin rash
  • Untreated live head lice
  • Contagious condition like chicken pox, strep throat, etc.

Note: MA follows guidelines from the MN Health Department for reporting contagious illnesses, please let the school know if your child has a contagious illness.