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Health Office

Nurse's Corner

Schexnayder, Jeanie

(760) 631-4500 Ext. 64013

Hello Rancho Minerva families! 
In an effort to prevent COVID-19 community outbreaks, we are required to follow SDCHHS guidelines for in-person learning. If your student has any of the following symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, has been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person, or is presumed positive by a doctor, please keep your student home and notify the health office and attendance immediately at 760-631-4500 ext 64013 for further instructions.


  • Fever with or without chills (temperature >100.0 that does not resolve within 30 minutes without medication)
  • Cough, shortness of breath
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Poor appetite


A school nurse is a Registered Nurse who has at least a baccalaureate degree and has a minimum of an additional year of post graduate education related to school health issues and is credentialed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
A school nurse is also a certified audiometrist. School nurses sometimes have to be shared amongst school sites, therefore please direct initial and general questions,concerns, comments to the school's health tech.
Services Offered: . Hearing screening . Vision Screening . Scoliosis screening . Response to emergencies and appropriate follow up . Health counseling . Health Consultant with development of IEP plan . Referrals given to clinics and private physicians . Health technician training and supervision . Support employee wellness . Coordinate with parents and community agencies
Click on the link below to be directed to district page for more detailed information: School Nurses & Health Care
  1. COVID-19 TEST NEGATIVE(Not antibody or antigen test. Must be a PCR COVID viral test)
    • May return 24 hours AFTER symptoms resolve
  2.  COVID-19 TEST POSITIVE or symptoms only
  • May return after 10 days only IF symptoms are improving, and there has been 24 hours without a fever, without the use of medication.
  • If a household member tests positive for COVID-19, the scholar must stay home for 10-24 days, regardless if they have symptoms or not. Please call the health office immediately to determine the correct return date for your child.      


HEALTH TIP: We recommend having your child eat a nutritional breakfast in the morning before school, and obtain at least 8-9 hours of sleep. Be sure to turn off all electronic devices an hour before bedtime. This is will reduce the amount of students being sent home for 10 days for symptoms that are related to lack of sleep or hunger. All Rancho Minerva scholars receive free lunch and breakfast! Hooray!

 Even if your scholar is enrolled in Virtual Learning, all students must be current with their immunizations before they can attend school. Important milestones include when students enter TK/K and 7th grade, or attend a new school. There are no changes to the immunization requirements for the 2020-21 school year.  Personal Belief Exemptions filed before 2016 expire at 7th grade. Medical waivers need to be renewed every year, unless permanent. A list of required vaccinations to attend school can be found below; a list of lifetime vaccinations is available at

Children entering TK/Kindergarten through 12th Grade must have:

  • 4 Polio (3 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday);
  • 5 DTaP (4 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday; 3 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after the 7th birthday);
  • 3 Hep B;
  • 2 MMR (both doses on or after 1st birthday);
  • 2 Varicella.

Children entering grades 7-12 must have:

  • All of the above;
  • 1 Tdap booster shot given on or after the 7th birthday.

During this time, we also encourage your child to get a flu vaccination. 

We understand there may be concern among parents about accessing health care during the pandemic, but it is important that our children stay on schedule for vaccinations to avoid an outbreak of preventable diseases like mumps or whooping cough.

If you have concerns about obtaining the required immunizations, please reach out to your primary care physician. Most providers continue to offer well-check and vaccination appointments, and are taking extra safety and hygiene precautions. 

If you have any questions about vaccination requirements, please contact us at 760-631-4500 ext. 64013, or send a question to


Jeanie Schexnayder, LVN

Rancho Minerva Middle School Site Nurse