The Mounds Park Academy nurse, Mary Dunkel, is available to help families maintain the health of our students. Please do not hesitate to contact her at 651-748-5509 or

MPA Health Services Office

The school nurse provides first aid and handles student health needs that occur during the school day. The Health Service Office hours are 7:45 AM–3 PM Monday–Friday on school days.

Sick Student Policy

The Mounds Park Academy policy for students who do not feel well is that they may rest in the Health Office for 30 minutes. If they are not well enough to return to class after that time, the nurse will call the parent or guardian to pick the student up as soon as possible. When filling out your Emergency Information Card, please make certain your emergency contact is someone willing and able to pick up your child from school in the event you are unable to do so.

Medication Authorization

If your child will need or be taking medications during the current school year, a medication authorization form must be completed and signed by both the parent and physician and returned to the Health Services Office by the first day of school. Click here to access the form, or pick one up in the Health Services Office.

Note: This applies to both over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil and/or prescription medications.

Food Allergies

MPA has robust guidelines and protocol in place to manage food allergies. For details, click here.


The State of Minnesota requires new students and all international students to show documentation of immunizations before school begins. This may be from either a previous school or doctor.

Entering Pre-Kindergarten

  • Four doses of DTP/Td/DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough))
  • Three doses of polio vaccine
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • One dose MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • One dose of Hib – Haemophilus influenzae type B
  • One dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) or documentation of having the disease

Entering Kindergarten

  • Five doses of DTP/Td (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough))
  • Four doses of polio vaccine
  • Two doses MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV)
  • Two doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) or documentation of having the disease

Entering 7th Grade

  • Booster shot for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap); (sometime after their 11th birthday)
  • One dose of Meningococcal (Meningitis)
  • Two doses MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV)
  • Two doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) or documentation of having the disease

7th and 10th Grade Sports Physical Exams

Students need a sports qualifying physical exam to be done if they plan on participating in intramural sports. The sports form is valid for three years. Call and set-up appointment for the summer. Click here for a link to print out the sports physical form to bring to your physician.

Healthy Kids are Better Learners

Many students and parents are frequently concerned about when students should stay home or attend school. The following information is intended to help with this decision.

General practice:

  • If a student has had a fever of 100 degrees or more, the student should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal and remains normal without fever-reducing medication.
  • If a student has vomited or had diarrhea, the student should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
  • If a student has had any rash that may be disease-related or the cause is unknown, check with your family physician before sending the student to school.
  • If your student is ill, please call or email the division office daily to report the illness.

If you have any questions regarding this information or your child’s illness, please contact the school nurse, 651-748-5509 or, or call your family physician.

Remember, children with infectious disease can spread the disease when they are in contact with others in the family or in the community.

Click here to see a handy resource entitled Healthy Kids are Better Learners Is my child well enough to go to school?: Making the Decision to Keep Your Child Home from School.