Since the start of the 2020-21 school year, SPA has maintained a Health Office on each campus. On the Goodrich Campus, the Health Office is adjacent to the Converse Auditorium. On the Randolph Campus, the Health Office is on the first floor of Old Main just west of the Schilling Center.
Three full-time Health Assistants, one for each division, staff the Health Offices and are responsible for assisting students with routine requested cares such as the administration of prescription medications. Health Assistants serve as liaisons between the school and parents/guardians regarding health concerns, questions, and resources. SPA also has the part-time services of a Registered Nurse (RN) through the St. Paul Public School district; the RN is on campus two days per week and splits time between the Goodrich and Randolph Campuses.
Students exhibiting symptoms of illness during the school day will be escorted to the Health Office, where staff will assess the student's symptoms, using the Minnesota Department of Health Decision Tree to guide protocols. If staff determine that COVID-like symptoms are present, the student's parents will be notified and asked to pick the student up as soon as possible and within a 30- to 60 minute timeframe.
Health Office Staff
- Monica Garrido-Mejia, Lead Health Assistant, is the full-time Upper School Health Assistant and works in the Randolph Campus Health Office. Monica also acts as a liaison between the RN, student health and wellness faculty/staff members, and families. Monica is a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) and is also certified in CPR. Email Monica.
- Tina Akervik is the full-time Middle School Health Assistant and works in the Randolph Campus Health Office. She has served as a Health Services Associate in the Bloomington Public Schools and is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, as well as Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. Email Tina.
- Christina Cristobal is the full-time Lower School Health Assistant and works in the Goodrich Campus Health Office. She has 14 years of direct experience as a nursing assistant in diverse health care settings. Christina is a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). Email Christina.
Stay Safe Minnesota: A comprehensive overview of Minnesota's response to COVID
Safe Learning Plan: Guidance for school reopening, issued by Governor Walz on July 30, 2020
MDH Decision Tree: Minnesota Department of Health's guidance on when to stay home.
Schools and Childcare: COVID-19: The Minnesota Department of Health's overview of data for schools, including the 14-day case rate by county
Facts about Coronavirus: The Centers for Disease Control's COVID-19 information center