Prairie Creek Community School is committed to creating a learning environment that attends the physical, mental and emotional well being of all children.
Prairie Creek Community School has a Wellness Committee that meets three times each school year. Administrators, office staff, teachers and parents serve on this committee. For more information email Nurse Connie at email@example.com or contact the office.
You can find the Wellness Policy under Policies on the website. Our policy was last assessed 9/28/2017 by our policy committee and board.
School Health Services
In case of an accident, first aid will be administered in the health office and the parent/guardian will be called. If a student needs further treatment, the parent, ambulance, or rescue squad will transport the student to the doctor or hospital. In the event that a parent/guardian cannot be reached, the school will contact the physician listed on the Health & Emergency Information form to make whatever arrangements necessary to provide health service to the student or call the rescue squad.
To help assure good health care for students and alert health authorities to the presence of specific disease, parents are asked to call the school each morning the student is absent for any reason and to notify the school later if a specific disease develops.
Since most diseases are spread before they are recognized, it is impossible to prevent exposure. Control measures are designed to protect individual students from complications. Parents are urged to keep their children home if they develop any symptoms suggestive of a communicable disease. The temperature should be normal at least 24 hours BEFORE a student returns to school. The temperature guideline is: at 100 degrees the student goes home automatically. The child should not return to school unless the temperature goes below 100 degrees for 24 hours.
Absence Due to Illness
Should my student stay home from school?
Parents frequently have questions about when it is appropriate to stay home from school because of illness. Here are some guidelines to help with your decision.
If your student has had a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours
If your child has vomited within the past 24 hours
If your student feels ill enough that he/she would not be able to benefit from school
If having your student at school would significantly put others at risk for catching your student’s illness
Please contact your school’s nurse if you have questions.
General Health Resources:
Early Childhood Screening
In accordance with Minnesota State Law all incoming Kindergarten students are required to have undergone and complete a pre-school screening.
State law requires that students in all grades must have documentation for required vaccines. Students entering kindergarten will need to update their immunizations and will be excluded from school if not in compliance. Medical and conscientious exemptions are allowed under the law.
Student Immunization Form. For more information, contact the School Nurse.
To watch a video from the CDC titled The Journey of Your Child's Vaccine click here
Common Childhood Illness
Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex)
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
Ringworm Body (Tinea Corporis)
Strep Throat, Scarlet Fever, Scarlatina
Mental Health Resources
An extensive list of mental health resources can be found here on the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative website: https://northfieldhci.org/resources/
Children and Anxiety Resources
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner, Ph.D.
Freeing Your Child From Anxiety by Tamar E. Chansky, Ph.D.
Prairie Creek Community School provides a breakfast and hot lunch option through a contract with Done Right Foods catering service.
Recess and Physical Education
Free play and active learning is a core value of Prairie Creek’s progressive education mission. All children participate in thirty minutes of recess each morning. Children are provided with additional outdoor breaks. Teachers provide a physical education curriculum aligned with Minnesota State standards.
Puberty education is offered to fourth and fifth graders, typically over three sessions in February or March. Below is a list of topics that are addressed in the lessons.
- Social Issues Romantic feelings, Communication, Wanting to fit in, Concerns related to appearance, Increased importance of friends, Conflict with families
- Puberty and Body Changes Hormonal changes, Body structures, Menstruation, Ejaculation/nocturnal emissions, Mood changes, Cleanliness/hygiene, Voice changes, Hair growth
- Personal Safety Sexual abuse/acquaintance abuse, Abduction prevention, Online safety (what do you say online, what do you post, etc)
Puberty Education Parent Resources
It's So Amazing - simple language, straightforward explanations
The Boy's Body Book - meant for boys to use as a resource as they have questions about growing up. Straight forward. Focus on body changes, friends, and family more than sexuality.
The Care and Keeping of You (American Girl Series) - The girl equivalent of the above book. It has a second volume for girls ten and up with more specific questions about relationships.
Changing You! A Guide to Body Changes and Sexuality - Straight forward information with a scientific rather than cutesy approach. Looks at both boys and girls.
It's Perfectly Normal - clear language, more detailed explanations, explores more coming of age issues around relationships and sexuality
Asking About Sex - Question and answer format is very approachable for kids. Not all kids will have all of these questions yet
For Parents: Talk to Me First - Long term approach to being a "trusted adult" for your child.
Videos inspired by Schoolhouse Rock: