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 Adrienne Bisping, LPN, and myself, Roxanne Truen, RN PNP, Licensed School Nurse.   

Our background:
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.

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:

  • a fever of 100 degrees or more in the past 24 hours
  • vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • an undiagnosed skin rash
  • untreated head lice

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

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 612-668-4410 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).