641-585-2670 ext. 4203
Middle & High School Nurse
641-585-2324 ext. 3381
School nursing is a healthcare specialty requiring specific expertise in nursing, public health and education. Our school nurses are licensed registered nurses that address a wide range of health topics that impact children at school:
Identify health concerns through assessments and observations
Provide health care counseling or guidance to students and families
Conduct care coordination including case management, chronic disease management, care planning, and assist with resources to find a primary health care provider
Provide medication administration
Provide health screenings, referrals, and follow-up
Ensure immunization compliance and coordination of other health mandates according to state requirements
Provide health education, promotion, and disease prevention
Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions - Select the drop down arrow for more information
Health Requirements To Attend School
Immunizations, Screenings and Physicals (Listed By Grade), Immunization Exemption Process
Iowa law requires all students to show proof of adequate immunization prior to attending school.
BY GRADE LIST OF REQUIREMENTS
General Illness Guidelines
When Your Children Should Not Attend and Illness Resources
General Illness Guidance
It is important for students to be at school but also equally important to take measures to maintain good health. Please keep your child home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms :
Fever (100.0 and above) - must remain out of school until fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
Vomiting and Diarrhea - must remain out of school until at least 24 hours after the last episode
Skin eruptions or suspicious rash - may return after medical treatment if able to cover the are with bandages
Contagious diseases - may return per provider’s note or after antibiotic use for 24 hours
General illness symptoms - remain out until symptoms improve and resolve
Great Resources by Illness
Keeping Nurses Informed
Student Health Conditions
Keep Us Informed of Any Dietary Restrictions, Health Conditions, Physical Limitations or Emergency Action Plans
Health Conditions, Physical Limitations and Emergency Action Plans
If your student requires a specialized diet and/or an alternative to the breakfast or lunch provided by the school please contact your school nurse or food services. To provide an alternative to the menu a Diet Modification Request form must be completed and signed by the student’s provider and returned to the school.
Return to Learn & Return to Play Policy
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury and it is very important to seek medical evaluation if you suspect your student has sustained a concussion. If your student has been diagnosed with a concussion, it is important that you notify the school. The school nurse will follow the doctors' orders and also work collaboratively with the student, their teachers, and parents/guardians to help support and provide academic adjustments or accommodations based on the students' concussion symptoms.
Academically we will follow our return to learn protocol, this is a gradual increase in academic exertion. Students will progress or regress through the phases based on their concussion symptoms. Once the student is able to participate in a full academic day without concussion symptoms they will advance to the return to play protocol. This protocol is a gradual increase in physical activity. The return to play protocol will take at least 5 day days before a student is fully released for full physical activity participation.
IDPH Concussion resources
We Follow Iowa Department of Public Health's Recommendations
Snacks & Treats At School
Store Bought, Pre-packaged Treats Only!
Required Each Year to Participate and Compete
To be eligible to participate in athletics; students are required to have a current athletic physical on file with the school. Athletic physicals need to be completed and signed by a provider every 12 months.
Weather & Recess
When winter weather is upon us, we will follow these guidelines regarding outside temperatures:
Air Temp 0 to -10 or below = inside recess
Wind Chill -10 or below = inside recess
If air temperature is above 0 but wind chill is -1 to -9 range, recess will be shortened at the discretion of the supervisors.
Winter Recess Clothing Requirements : In order to keep shoes/clothes dry during the winter months, we require the use of boots, snow pants, winter coats, gloves and stocking caps when there is snow on the ground. Please call the school if you need assistance with providing these winter clothing items.
PE/Recess Exclusion: If your child is recovering from an illness, we request a note from you indicating your desire for them to stay in from recess and/or PE under these special circumstances. We can honor a note from you for a maximum of 2 days following an illness. If your child needs to stay inside for an extended period following an illness (three or more days) you will need to send a doctor’s excuse to cover this extended length of time.