An independent day school serving grades K-12 | St. Paul, MN

Health Offices

Beginning in Fall 2020, SPA will maintain two Health Offices on each campus, one of which is a dedicated space for students exhibiting symptoms of illness (the "symptomatic" Health Office) and the other for students with daily medical needs, such as medications (the "well student" Health Office). On the Goodrich Campus, the symptomatic space  is adjacent to the Converse Auditorium, and the well-student space is across the hall. On the Randolph Campus, the symptomatic space is in the Huss Center (in the former dressing room space) and the well-student space is on the first floor of Old Main just west of the Schilling Center.

Students exhibiting symptoms of illness during the school day will be escorted to the symptomatic Health Room on their campus, which is staffed by members of our wellness team (see below). Health Office staff will assess the student's symptoms outside of the office, using the Minnesota Department of Health Decision Tree to guide our protocols. When 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. Symptomatic students will need to continue to wear their mask or face covering and remain in the symptomatic Health Office isolated from others until picked up to go home. For more on school protocols regarding symptomatic students, please visit the "Becoming Ill at School" section our our Return to School website.

Health Office Staff

Bernette Finley-Drawe, K-12 School Nurse: Bernette Finley-Drawe is a Registered Nurse (RN) and holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a school nurse in several metro-area schools within the St. Paul Public School district. She oversees the Health Offices on both campuses and works closely with the Health Assistants (see below). Email Bernette.

Health Assistants

 

  • Monica Garrido-Mejia is a full-time Health Assistant and works predominantly on the Randolph Campus, acting 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 a full-time Health Assistant and works predominantly on the Goodrich Campus. 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.

 

EXTERNAL RESOURCES

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