Students at Spectrum High School have the support of a health clerk at each building throughout the school day. The health clerk cares for minor emergencies, dispenses necessary medication, and provides assistance for students who become ill or injured while at school.
The Lead Health & Attendance clerk for Spectrum High School is Michele Newberger. If you have questions or concerns, please call the main office. Office hours are 7:10am-3:30pm.
The health service clerk for the Grade 7/8 Building is Sara Burfeind. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Grade 7/8 Building office. Office hours are 7:10am-3:30pm.
The health service clerk for the Grade 6 Building is Joyce Emmel. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Grade 6 Building office. Office hours are 7:10am-3:30pm.
Guidelines to Decide If a Student Is Too Sick to Attend School
During the pandemic, all symptoms will first be evaluated through the Ready for School questionnaire provided by Spectrum High School. It is a simplified version of the decision tree, provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, which will help you to quickly assess if your child(ren) should be on campus. Ready for School questionnaire Please call the health clerk at your child’s building if your child(ren) will be staying home due to illness as described in these tools. You will receive information regarding requirements for the child(ren) to return to school / sports.
If your child is exhibiting only one of the symptoms outlined under question #2 on the Ready for School questionnaire, that child should stay home until 24 hours have passed since the symptom has resolved.
If your child is exhibiting a rash that may be disease related, or if you do not know the cause, check with a health care provider before sending your child to school.
We will continue to track positive COVID 19 cases in students and staff during full distance learning. If your child is not on campus for the school day or sports related activities, please notify the health office if your child has a positive test for COVID 19. If your child is on campus during full distance learning during the school day or for a sports related activity, please follow the Ready for School questionnaire for guidance before sending your child to campus and notify the health / attendance clerk in your child’s building.
Lead Health Clerk
Grade 7/8 Health Clerk
Grade 6 Health Clerk
Current Health Concerns in Community
Hello Parents of Spectrum,
We have created this new page to educate you about the different illnesses that are occurring at school and in the surrounding community. We will be updating it monthly, or more often as needed.
We hope this is helpful to you in the care of your student!
Mrs. Michele Newberger
Lead Health Clerk
Spectrum High School
See the following from the Minnesota Department of Health on "Influenza (Flu) in Schools". CLICK HERE for file.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a viral infection that causes a blister-like rash. Read more about the symptoms, prevention methods, and more: Click Here for more info
Chickenpox is a viral illness and is a common illness for children. It may be prevented by vaccination. Read more about the symptoms, prevention methods, and more: Click Here for more info
Strep throat and a strep throat with rash (scarlet fever) are common bacterial infections in children. See the link below for more details on how to best identify and treat strep throat in your student.
Viral meningitis is swelling of the thin lining covering the brain and spinal cord. It is usually caused by enteroviruses. See the link below for more details on what to do concerning viral meningitis.