The Red Wing School District is dedicated to providing quality health care to students during their hours of attendance. The health services program is coordinated by the district school nurse. For more information contact the District Nurse, Joni Gorman at 651-385-4509 or email her: jmgorman@rwps.org.



District Red Wing High School

Joni Gorman

Vikki LeClaire

Twin Bluff Middle School

Burnside Elementary
Brianna Smith
Brianna Smith
Michelle Lyons

Burnside Elementary

Sunnyside Elementary
Casey Tanner
Sally Simanski
Colvill Family Center  
Lauren Beamon


Deciding to keep your child at home can be a difficult decision, below is some information to help you decide what is best for your child.

If a child stays home and has the care they need when first sick, they will often get better faster.  Staying home and resting will help the body fight the sickness.  Staying at home is also one of the best ways to keep others from becoming ill.

Reasons why children should stay at home

  1. Severe colds, coughs, or sore throats
  2. Eye infections, especially if discharge is present
  3. New skin rashes, especially if draining – unless medical opinion states rash is not contagious
  4. Temperature of 100 or more with or without symptoms of an illness
  5. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain

Children may return to school when:

  1. Well enough to participate in normal school activities
  2. Free of all symptoms for 24 hours (especially vomiting, diarrhea and fever)
  3. Temperature remains normal for a 24-hour period without the use of fever reducing medications.
  4. On an antibiotic for at least 24 hours


  1. Your healthcare provider states your child can return to school.

Thank you for your cooperation!!   

Joni Gorman, LSN   

Attendance Lines:
If you DO keep your child home from school, please remember to contact your school attendance line.  Be prepared to give the following information:

Student’s name:


Teacher’s name:

Nature of their illness:

If your clinic has given an estimation of how long they will be absent:

Red Wing School District Attendance Lines:    

Sunnyside: 651-385-4580  SESattendance@rwps.org

Burnside: 651-385-4715  BESattendance@rwps.org

Twin Bluff Middle School: 651-385-4550  tbmsattendance@rwps.org

Red Wing High School:  651-385-4660  rwhsattendance@rwps.org                           

Emergency cards are provided yearly to parents so student information is current and accurate. They are sent home at the beginning of the school year. They should be filled out updating requested information, newly diagnosed medical information, and any medications that their child takes. When complete, they should be returned to the school health office.

Red Wing Public Schools will complete grade level vision and hearing screening at the elementary sites and vision screening for 7th grade

students. Screening is recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health due to the significant impact of hearing and vision status on student learning. As with any school screening, you have the option to opt out of your student participating. If you have questions or wish to opt out, please notify the health office.

Students are screened in the following grades:

  • Vision: Grades: K, 1, 3, 5, 7
  • Color Vision Deficiency: 3rd grade males
  • Hearing: Grades K, 1, 3

Any additional screening will be done by request. Parents will be notified of students who do not pass screening.
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Minnesota statutes 1980, Section 123.70 requires that all children who are enrolled in a Minnesota school be immunized before starting school. these requirements can be waived only for medical reasons or if you are conscientiously opposed to a particular immunization. Student schedules will be withheld and students will not be allowed to start school without a proof of immunization on record with the school health services.
Seventh Grade Students/Parents:
7th grade students need to have an updated Tdap and a Meningococcal vaccine (MCV).  Please provide a copy of any updated vaccines to the building nurse as soon as possible. 

Twelfth Grade Students/Parents:
Between the ages of 16 and the start of 12th grade, students need a Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV) booster.  Please provide a copy of any new immunizations to the building nurse as soon as possible. 

Student Immunization Form
Student Immunization Form

Immunization Exemption Form - *NOTE - this form needs to be notarized.
Goodhue County Health & Human Services are offering immunization clinics - click on the link below to find out more information:
Immunization Clinic Information
Immunization Clinic Information - Spanish
An IHP is developed for students with chronic health concerns when the district nurse determines that the condition could affect a student's education. This plan becomes part of the student's Health Record.
Medication must be brought to the nurse's office in its original container with the appropriate label on it. Over the counter medications (Tylenol, Advil, Ibuprofen, etc.) must be in the original container labeled for that medication.

A permission form signed by the parent/guardian is necessary for all medication. 
Medication Permission Form

A doctor's authorization form is necessary for prescription medication. This doctor's authorization form must be renewed each school year.

The school will dispose of any left over medication that remains unclaimed at the end of the school year.

A pupil health record is kept on all students in the Red Wing School system. The district requests pertinent health information about each student upon enrollment in the district to help ensure a student's safety in school. Parents are encouraged to notify school health personnel when their child has experienced a medical condition that would affect the student's safety in school or the ability to learn. Information is considered confidential and shared with school personnel only on a need to know basis.