Health Office Information
The Indianola Community School District nurses and health office staff are committed to providing your child with the best care possible while your child is at school. We know the value of having trained staff to assist your child with whatever health issue your child encounters and we will do our best to meet the needs of your child. We will communicate and collaborate with you and others in the medical field when permission is granted by you or when necessary (as in the case of an emergency). We understand the responsibility we have been given and will do what we can to ensure an educational environment that promotes optimal health, wellness and the safety of all students.
ICSD has three registered nurses that serve the district. All buildings have a health office associate.
Health Service Staff Information .
When Students Are Sick
If a student has a fever or other illness, he/she will be sent to the Health Office and a parent/guardian will be notified. A student must remain out of school 18 hours after a fever of 100 degrees or higher has broken without fever reducing medication, or if applicable, vomiting or diarrhea has stopped.
If a student has a medication prescribed by a physician, they are to keep in the health office (see the link to the policy regarding inhalers and diabetic supplies). Please contact the school nurse for any special medication that your child may be taking. Also, please note that all medication needs to be brought into the school by a parent/guardian.
Click here for full policy regarding medication administration Medication Administration Policy
In the elementary setting over the counter medication may be given to your student with the following guidelines.
Dosage is Children's Strength. To administer an adult strength dosage, a prescription is needed from a physician.
Parents provide the medication. The elementary schools do not stock over the counter medication.
- Parent Authorization form is completed and signed. No medication (Prescription or OTC) will be given without a completed and signed parent authorization form.
- Medication Parent Authorization-Elementary
The Middle and High School health office will supply basic over the counter medication to be given to your student as parental/guardian consent allows. Please ensure that this form Medication Parent Authorization MS-HS is filled out and turned into your child’s health office.
State Law Requirements
In compliance with the laws set forth by The Iowa Department of Public Health, all students attending public school in Iowa must submit documentation to the school nurse for the following requirements:
Please see below for more information on these requirements.
- School-Entry Immunizations
- Dental Screening
- Vision Screening
- Mandatory Lead Testing
- Iowa Code, Chapter 139a.8 (6) and Iowa Administrative Code, 641-7.7(139) outline the immunization requirement for students attending licensed child care centers and elementary or secondary schools. Students shall have received the required immunizations and submit the Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Immunization or have a valid Certificate of Immunization Exemption.
- Iowa Immunization Law
- Immunization Requirements (Printable PDF)
- Tdap Vaccine Booster for Seventh Graders – All students entering, advancing, or transferring into seventh grade and born on or after September 15, 2000, will need proof of an adolescent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) booster immunization (called “Tdap”) for school in the fall.
Immunizations are available at Warren County Health Department.
Call 515-961-1074 for an appointment.
- Dental Screening:
- All students enrolling in kindergarten and entering 9th grade are required to have a dental screening. Students entering kindergarten must have had the screening completed no sooner than 3 years of age and no later than four months after school enrollment. It can be completed by a licensed doctor, nurse, physician assistant, dental hygienist or dentist. Students entering ninth grade must have proof of dental screening by a dentist or dental hygienist completed no earlier than one year prior to enrollment and no later than four months after enrollment.
- Iowa Dental Screening Law
- Dental Screening Form (K and 9th grade only)
- Iowa law states that all children enrolling in kindergarten provide proof of having been tested for blood lead levels before the age of 6 years. There are exemptions to the law in cases of religious exemption or in cases where the Iowa Department of Public Health determines the child is at an extremely low risk of lead exposure. Exemptions must be approved by the Iowa Department of Public Health. This is incompliance with state law IAC 641 Chapter 67. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Iowa Department of Public Health’s blood lead bureau at 1-800-972-2026.
- The State of Iowa requires all incoming Kindergarten and third-grade students to have a vision screening prior to the first day of school. It can be completed within one year prior to the first day of school for the kindergarten or third-grade year. The results of this screening need to be submitted to the school on the State of Iowa Certificate of Vision Screening Form. Please take this form with you to your appointment. If your child has had an exam in the last year, you may have your doctor complete this form with the results of their last appointment.
Iowa Vision Screening Law
- Vision Screening Form (K and 3rd grade only)
The Health Office is not able to excuse any student from PE without a written note from the physician. Your child’s medical provider may fax or send a written excuse to your child's school and the health office staff will ensure that the excuse is communicated to the appropriate staff.
Other Forms and Fact Sheets
Other Forms and Fact Sheets
Head Lice Brochure
Diet Modification Form
Warren County Public Health Department