The mission of Health Services is to create and sustain a school health system that promotes and supports student achievement, health, and well-being.
Health Office staff:
The Health Office is staffed by Carin Ruegg, LPN, and myself, Roxanne Truen, RN PNP, Licensed School Nurse. Carin's hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00-3:00 pm. My hours are Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 - 4:00 pm. I can be found at Northrop School on Wednesdays (668-4524).
I received my BSN from the University of Minnesota, after which I began working at Children's Hospitals & Clinics - Minneapolis. I enjoyed Children's for ten years before deciding to move on, completing my Master's degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Program. In 1998, I began working here at Dowling and have enjoyed the wonderful mix of children of all abilities ever since. I am also a Dowling parent ~ my son is a Dowling graduate and my daughter is currently in the fourth grade.
Carin is new to Dowling School fall 2011. She has an extensive clinical background as an LPN, having worked previously in home care, assisted living, and hospice settings. In addition, she has worked in public schools both in the Health Office and as a private LPN for a student with special needs. We welcome Carin to Dowling!
Attendance / illness information:
Should I send my child to school today?
Minneapolis Public Schools follow the guidelines developed by the epidemiologists at Hennepin County Community Health Department when deciding if a student should be kept home or sent home from school.
A child should not come to school (and will be sent home from school) if they have or have had:
Please notify the Health Office if your child has a contagious condition such as chickenpox, strep throat, or head lice.
Health Office contact information:
Roxanne Truen 612-668-4416
Carin Ruegg 612-668-4415
Dowling School fax: 612-668-4420
Absences due to illness:
If your child is going to be absent, you will need to call the Main Office at 612-668-4413 to report the absence. If leaving a voice mail, please spell your child's last name, give their room number, and the nature of their illness. Also let the school know if your child will be absent due to Influenza-like illness (defined as a temperature over 100 degrees with a cough or sore throat).