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Promoting Student Health For Student Success

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Deb Landin, BSN, RN, PHN, LSN has been named the 2020 School Nurse of the Year and Jane Riesberg, BSN, RN, LSN, PHN, the 2020 School Nurse Administrator of the Year! Both were honored at the November 13, 2020 annual SNOM Conference. Congratulations to these outstanding and deserving licensed school nurses!

Awards Ceremony Video Link

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The School Nurse Organizaon of Minnesota (SNOM) is pleased to announce Deb Landin, BSN, RN, PHN, LSN of Warroad Public Schools, as the 2020 School Nurse of the Year. This honor recognizes one Licensed School Nurse annually who emulates the profession of School Nurse. Nominated by her peers, Deb is most worthy of this honor, as evidenced by her outstanding School Nursing pracce.

Deb worked as a Cerfied Neuroscience Registered Nurse and Roseau County public health nurse before being hired by Warroad Public Schools, where she is affeconately known as “Nurse Deb” and has worked as the only Licensed School Nurse for the last 31 years. Warroad Public Schools, located 5 miles south of the Canadian border, serves a very rural, mulcultural student populaon. Warroad has a large Nave American populaon and the largest Lao populaon outside of the Twin Cies. Deb provides health services to approximately 1,000 children ages birth to 21 in Warroad’s early learning center, elementary school, high school, and the state’s only one-room school at Angle Inlet, which is 60 miles from Warroad via Canada.

Deb’s accomplishments in school health services reflect her understanding of the 21st century school nurse as a leader and “change agent.” Deb successfully transioned the district to a student informaon system with a strong health component, thereby digizing the district’s health records; added middle school health to the district curriculum; and maintained daily physical educaon classes for PreK-6th grade students.
As a cerfied grant writer, Deb generated more than $1.5 million for her district. Those funds were used to hire the district’s first social worker, increase counseling services, add community educaon programs, and update health office equipment. Deb also wrote a grant to hire the district’s first Lao paraprofessional, who connues to work for the district as an interpreter and cultural liaison. Addionally, Deb was instrumental in establishing 3rd party reimbursement in her district.

Deb serves as the Early Childhood Screening Coordinator and chair of the Health and Safety Commiee. She also serves on numerous other district commiees, including the Staff Development Commiee and Special Educaon Commiee. She is an integral part of the community, where she works closely with local healthcare providers and community organizers to meet the needs of her students. She has received the Warroad School Award of Excellence and the Eagle Feather from the local Nave American Community.

Deb is also a leader at the community, region, and state level. She is the chair of the Warroad Family Social Concerns Team, serves on the Roseau County Health Advisory Board and Emergency Preparedness Commiee, is an acve member of the regional Child Care Resource and Referral Board and Northwest Minnesota School Nurses Group, and has served on numerous Minnesota Department of Educaon (MDE) commiees. For two years, she was the co-leader in presenng the, “Focusing on School Nursing--Third Party Reimbursement” training through MDE. She presently serves on the SNOM Membership Commiee and was part of SNOM’s COVID-19 Task Force.

Last spring, Deb began using Schoology to provide COVID-19 informaon to families in her district, recorded public service announcements to play on local radio staons, and coordinated the collecon and distribuon of 2,000 cloth face masks to community members. As the district’s COVID-19 Coordinator, Deb has been instrumental in providing evidence-based informaon to the administrave team. This fall, she created screening checklists and worked closely with the local public health department and surrounding school districts to plan for a safe and effecve learning model.

Deb’s commitment to school nursing is unwavering. She describes Janice Selekman’s, School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text as her go-to bedme read and has aended 26 annual SNOM conferences. Her district’s high school principal writes, “I have been in numerous districts in my career and have never come across a school nurse who gives more me, energy, and love to the students and community as Deb Landin.” Congratulaons to Deb Landin for her excellence in School Nursing and service to her community and profession!

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ane Riesberg, Manager of Health Services for Elk River Area Schools (ISD 728), has been named the 2020 School Nurse Administrator of the Year by the School Nurse Organizaon of Minnesota (SNOM).

Jane has a strong background in nurse leadership. Aer working as a charge nurse in hospitals and an urgent care clinic, Jane transioned to school health services as a Registered Nurse in the Anoka Hennepin School District. She moved to the Elk River School District in 2003 as a Licensed School Nurse and accepted the Manager of Health Services posion in 2009. She now has over 11 years of nurse management experience as an administrator in her district.

Currently, Jane manages a team of 7 Licensed School Nurses and 24 Health Services Assistants in her district of nearly 14,000 students. The health services staff in Jane’s district describe her as professional, supporve, and a fierce advocate for student health. ISD 728 has grown substanally since Jane became the Manager of Health Services, and she has been successful in increasing LSN and Health Services Assistant staffing, including the hiring of two Health Services Assistant Floats. Jane has also developed a health staff/para acuity scale to use to assess the level of care that students with complex health concerns need at school. Jane also serves as the liaison with four nursing agencies to support the needs of students.

In response to several school shoongs and her assessment of her district’s needs, Jane reached out to Children’s Minnesota to provide “Stop the Bleed” training to her Health Services Staff. She collaborated with the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department, which donated “Stop the Bleed” kits to each building. Jane provides subsequent training for district crisis team staff and refresher training to health services staff.

In early March, Jane iniated discussions around COVID-19 and helped establish a task force to address the challenges of a global pandemic. She worked with district leadership to develop the district’s Coronavirus Response Plan, with Community Educaon to plan for childcare for essenal workers, and with Sherburne County Public Health to meet addional childcare needs to families in the district. Throughout distance learning in the Spring of 2020, Jane helped district LSNs create new training tools for Health Services Assistants and other staff.

This summer, Jane became the COVID-19 Coordinator for her district and led an Administrave Health Team to guide district decisions related to COVID-19. This fall, she developed a process for contact tracing at district sites and trained the health services team. A colleague writes, “[Jane] seeks out the most current evidence-based pracces, which has been especially important during these months of uncertainty. Her collaborave leadership style encourages others to hear her message of good public health pracces and disease migaon strategies.”

Her friends and colleagues consistently recognize her as highly capable, cooperave, and caring. She is valued as an exceponal leader and an exceponal nurse. Congratulaons to Jane Riesberg for her excellence in School Nursing Administraon and service to her community and profession!

October 28, 2020

Greetings SNOM Members -

The SNOM Checklist and Appendices is a compendium of practical implementation strategies to assist school nurses in meeting the myriad of demands for multi-pronged plans. The resources now have updated links.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide guidance for schools based on sound science and public health principles. The SNOM resources contain reminders of key points and offer suggestions shared by members.

The resources are now posted in the NASN-SNOM SN Net Library. SNOM members can access the resources in WORD format here: SNOM COVID-19 RESPONSE & RECOVERY CHECKLIST AND APPENDICES

Only a couple of updates to the web-posted list. See attached...


Our Minnesota community response to COVID-19 continues to evolve. A SNOM leadership group has developed this toolkit, providing templates and resources to guide your professional school nurse practice in support of your community. As always, work with your district administrative team throughout this process, using these documents and resources for guidance.

Our community needs continue to change and we will respond with updates for you. We will work with you, navigating these changes. If you have additional resources to share, please email them to the group leader for consideration of community sharing.

We will continue our collaborative work with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to keep our membership practicing with the most current information.

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CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs 7.23.20 (reviewed 10.20.20)

MDH COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Youth and Student Programs 8.31.20 (reviewed 10.20.20)

MDH COVID-19 Exclusion Guide for Schools and Childcare Programs 8.31.20 (reviewed 10.20.20)

MDH Hand Hygiene Resource Page (reviewed 10.20.20)

MDH Playground Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs 5.28.20  (reviewed 10.20.20)

Cleaning/Handling of Materials:

MDH: COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs 6.18.20 (reviewed 10.20.20)

Link to EPA Guidelines (reviewed 10.20.20)


Coronavirus Resources​ for Children and Families including Mental Health 

 Disability Hub MN

Minnesota Children's Cabinet Resource List

MDH Supporting Mental Well-being During COVID-19 (reviewed 10.20.20)

CDC Coping with Stress (reviewed 10.20.20)


COVID-19 Exclusion/Response Resources (CDC and MDH) (reviewed 10.20.20)

MDH Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms 9.10.20

Decision Tree For Schools (MDH) 8.31.20

What to do when waiting for COVID Test Results 8.24.20

Guidance for Close Contacts/Household Members 7.23.20

What to do if you have COVID-19 7.22.20

Handling a Suspected or Confirmed Positive Case of COVID-19 - Information for Schools 9.23.20

What to do when notified of a Lab-Confirmed Case in Child Care Settings/Youth Programs 9.23.20

COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents/Families 9.10.20


Distance Learning and Technology:

SNOM Distance Learning - School Nurses Role 3.31.20

SNOM Distance Learning-Health Paraprofessional Task Ideas 4.11.20

NASN: Ideas for School Nurse Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic 4.15.20


Health and Wellness– Chronic Health Conditions:

Allergy and Asthma Network: COVID-19 School Resources for Managing Asthma and Allergies with Infographs

American Diabetes Association: How COVID-19 Impacts People with Diabetes

American Diabetes Association: Returning to School in the COVID-19 Era: Section 504 Plan

CDC Coping with Stress (reviewed 10.20.20)

Epilepsy Foundation: COVID-19 and Epilepsy

MDH Supporting Mental Well-being During COVID-19 (reviewed 10.20.20)


MDH Guidance for Delivering Direct Student Support Services: Staff Protective Equipment(updated 10.20.20)


Return to School Planning:

CDC Coronoavirus Disease Schools and Childcare Programs 9.18.20

CDC Print Resources 8.27.20 (reviewed 9.29.20)

CDC: Protecting vulnerable populations: People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness 9.11.20 (reviewed 9.29.20)

CDC: Screening K-12 Students for Symptoms of COVID-19: Limitations and Considerations 7.22.20 (reviewed 9.29.20)

MDH: Schools and Child Care: COVID-19 (Home Page)

MDH 2020-2021 Planning Guide for Schools 9.23.20

MDH Data for K-12 Schools: 14-day COVID-19 Case Rate by County (updated every Thursday)

MDH Recommended Supplies for Schools: COVID-19 7.22.20 (reviewed 9.29.20)

NASN: Interim Guidance: Role of the School Nurse in Return to School Planning 7.20.20

NASN: Return to School Post COVID-19 Closure Considerations for Students with Disabilities and Special Healthcare Needs 7.30.20

Stay Safe MN: 2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools 8.18.20 (reviewed 9.29.20)

Stay Safe MN: Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21: A Localized, Data-driven Plan 8.18.20 (reviewed 9.29.20)

SNOM School Health Services COVID-19 Response & Recovery Checklist and Appendices (Updated 9.29.20) For Members Only - Log in to website and go to Members Only > Membership Resources)


Youth Sports: 

CDC: Considerations for Youth Sports (reviewed 9.29.20)

Harvard: Youth Sports During COVID-19: What Parents Need to Know and Do

Healthy Children (referenced by MDH) Youth Sports Participation During COVID-19: A Safety Checklist

MDH: COVID-19 Sports Guidelines for Youth and Adults 9.18.20 (reviewed 9.29.20)


SNOM COVID-19 Focused Virtual Meeting Notes

4/16/20 SNOM ZOOM Meeting: Childcare Focus Meeting Notes  4.17.20

5/27/20 SNOM Membership School Re-Entry Zoom meeting- Discussion Notes


If you have questions about the information provided on the SNOM COVID-19 website or suggestions for how the website could be improved, please use the form below to communicate with the SNOM COVID-19 Task Force. We will not be able to respond to your submission directly, but we will review your concern and update our website information as appropriate. Thank you!

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