Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Dawn Swanson
Licensed School Nurse
Phone: 651.744.2034 (direct) or 651.293.8940 (school number)
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Room 1315, located in the Health Services suite, next to HealthStart Clinic. (located in the corner, between north and west hallways)
School Nurse role and my role: School Nurses promote student health and wellness, to enhance student learning. My role is to manage health care (during the school day) for students with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, seizures, hearing conditions, ADHD, severe allergies, anxiety, depression and many other conditions, in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and other school staff. I will provide emergency care for illnesses and injuries, teach students skills to manage their health, refer health concerns to clinics/physicians, assist families to identify health resources, and cooperate with local health officials and state public health departments in matters pertaining to community health.
I am a member of the Child Study Team (special education), the Student Assistance Team (SAT), and the attendance team. I often participate in 504 meetings. (A 504 plan is for students needing special accommodations who are not in special education.) Also, I lead the Wellness Commitee.
Should you keep your teen home from school due to illness?
Keep your him/her home if he or she:
- has vomited or had diarrhea during the night or in the morning
- has a rash that may be caused by a disease or unknown cause
- has a fever of 100 degrees or more, today or yesterday
Ordinarily we want students to be in school even if they seem a little tired or irritable in the morning as long as they do not have any of the signs or symptoms listed above.
If student is at home sick, please call the school attendance line daily to report the reason for absence. 651-744-3803
If your student calls and wants you to pick h/her up from school, please ask your student to visit me. I can make a brief assesment and contact you, so we can make a decision together about whether or not she/he should leave school, or remain in school.
If a student will be out of school for a significant illness, injury or surgery, the student may qualify for Homebound Services. Please contact me to for more information about this.
Helpful Website: A very helpful website is Saint Paul Public Schools Student Health and Wellness It contains much health information and will allow you to download health related forms.
Please contact me if you have any questions/concerns about your teen's health! I have a direct line and it receives messages! 651-744-2034
Health Start Clinic
Most school-based Health Start Clinics are currently closed. Please visit the clinics at Gordon Parks and Harding High School for your physical and mental health needs. Telehealth services are also available: spps.org/Page/38688
Students at Highland may use Health Start, our school-based clinic. The clinic provides a variety of services including sports physicals, immunizations/flu shots, nutrition education, health education, counseling and more. Students need an appointment to use the clinic. If you want to contact Health Start Clinic staff, you may call them at 651.690.7667. The clinic and the school nurse share a waiting room but I am a SPPS employee and the clinic staff are employees of Health Start. We are very fortunate to have a school-based clinic at Highland.