Department Overview

  • Nursing Services: Nursing services are available to students who are injured or become ill during the school day. 

    Medication at School: If a prescription medication cannot safely be administered on a BEFORE SCHOOL, AFTER SCHOOL, & BEDTIME SCHEDULE, the medication will be administered under the following provisions:

    1. Medications will be administered only when a physician's order and a parent/guardian authorization form, obtained from the school, are completed and returned to the school nurse.

    2. Medication shall be delivered in & dispensed from a pharmacy or manufacturer's container properly labeled with the name of the student, the name and strength of the medication, name of the physician, date of the original prescription, and directions for use. This includes inhalers.

    3. Over-the-counter medication, such as cough drops, cough syrups, aspirin, Tylenol, and Sudafed, will not be administered at school without a doctor's order.

    4. The medication should be brought to school by the parent/guardian. Please ask your pharmacy to provide separate bottles for school and home. No more than a thirty day supply of the medication should be delivered to the school.

    5. All medication needs to be taken home the last day of school, or within one week of the last dose given, or the medication will be destroyed.

    Immunization Requirements: South Dakota Law (SDCL 13-28-7.1) requires all children entering a South Dakota school be age appropriately immunized. The following is a list af immunization requirements:

    Students who have transferred (at any grade level) to the Brookings School District during the school term must have the minimum immunization requirements. Compliance must be shown within 45 days. Failure to do so is basis for excluding the student from attending school until immunizations are completed.

    Health Screenings: School nurses deal with a variety of school health areas, including health screenings and individual student health problems.

    Physical Examinations: The Brookings School District recommends that all kindergarten, grade 6, and grade 9 have a physical examination administered by a licensed physician. It is a requirement that all students who participate in interscholastic athletics at the high school level (Grades 9-12) have an annual physical, in accordance with the South Dakota High School Athletic Association (SDHSAA) regulations. It should be noted that the SDHSAA physical examination form will suffice for grade 9 routine physical, but the Brookings school physical examination form will not be acceptable to the SDHSAA. Middle School students are encouraged to schedule a SDHSAA physical examination for their child prior to interscholastic athletic participation. It should also be noted that athletes (Grades 7-12) who compete on high school (Grades 9-12) teams must have the SDHSAA physical.


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