Department Overview

  • Brookings School District Nursing Services are devised to support and improve the health and wellness of learners in order to prepare them to be "learners for life".  Brookings School Nursing Services provides basic emergency care for learners and staff; health screening; assessment and referral for all children.  School nurse professionals address the physical, mental, emotional and social health needs of our school children on a daily basis and work with parents and community partners to best serve these needs. "Working Together... Educating with Excellence... Inspiring Learners for Life".

    Medication Administration: In the event that your child needs medication while in school, both prescription or over-the-counter,  The Brookings School District requires a completed Medication Form prior to administration.  Parents/Guardian must complete and sign this form prior to the administration of any medications.  Any prescription or over-the-counter medication will also require a licensed health care provider's consent and signature prior to administration.  Forms can be picked up in the nurse's office at each school building as well as on-line. Complete the medication and/or treatments that must be administered during school hours and cannot be given at home.  The school district does not provide over-the-counter medications.  Medications must be delivered directly to a qualified staff member, in the original properly labeled container, and by an appropriate individual.  Unused medication and supplies must be picked up by an appropriate individual one week after the last dose is given during the school year and/or before the last day of school.  If the medication is not picked up, the medication will be properly destroyed. 

    General Health Information

    Brookings School District follows recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the South Dakota Department of Health.

    We recommend keeping your child home if he/she presents with:

    • Illness that prevents the child from participating comfortably in program activities.
    • Illness that results in a greater need for care that the staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.
    • Fever of 100.0 or greater, lethargy, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing and/or other manifestations of possible severe illness.
    • Persistent abdominal pain (continuous for more than two hours) or intermittent abdominal pain associated with fever, dehydration or other systemic signs or symptoms.
    • Vomiting & Diarrhea if it occurs two or more times in 24 hours or accompanied by a fever.  Exceptions for vomiting that is caused by a non-communicable condition and the child is not in danger of dehydration.
    • Rashes that are undiagnosed need to be seen by a health care provider.  Open sores suspected contagious illness should be cleared by a health care provider.

    South Dakota Department of Health Links

    Disease and Condition Fact Sheets       

         Temporary Exclusion from School Recommendations 


    South Dakota Law (SDCL 13-28-7.1) requires all children entering a South Dakota school to be appropriately immunized, including transfer students. Immunization Requirements




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