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607.20 Student Health Services

Health services are an integral part of comprehensive school improvement, assisting all students to increase learning, achievement, and performance. Health services coordinate and support existing programs to assist each student in achievement of an optimal state of physical, mental, and social well-being. Student health services ensure continuity and create linkages between school, home, and community service providers. The district’s comprehensive school improvement plan, needs, and resources determine the linkages.

The superintendent/designee, in conjunction with the school nurse, public health nurse, school health team, and any other individuals deemed appropriate by the superintendent/designee shall develop administrative regulations to implement this policy. The superintendent/designee shall provide a written report on the role of health services in the education program to the board annually.

Legal Reference:
42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq.
20 U.S.C. 1232g § -1400 -6301 et seq.
29 U.S.C. § 794(a)
28 C.F.R.35
34 C.F.R. pt. 99, 104, 200, 300 et seq.
Iowa Code §§ 22.7, 139A.3. .8, .21; 143.1, 152, 256.7(24), .11, 280.23
281 I.A.C. 12.3(4), (7), (11); 12.4(12); 12.8; 41.405.
282 I.A.C. 15.3(14); 22.
641 I.A.C. 7.
655 I.A.C. 6, 6.3(1), 6.3(6), 6.6(1), 7.

Cross Reference:
501.05 Enrollment and Attendance
504 Series: Student Health and Well-Being

July 10, 1989
March 11, 2009
July 21, 2014
October 21, 2019
June 16, 2022

June 15, 2009
July 21, 2014
October 21, 2019
August 1, 2022

R.R. for Policy #607.20
The district, through school nurses, shall annually provide a vision screening for all students in preschool, kindergarten, and 3rd grade and a color perception evaluation for all kindergarten boys.

The Heartland Area Education Agency shall perform annual hearing screening for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade and 5th grade. If a parent/guardian does not wish to have their child participate in screenings, the parent/guardian shall provide a written request for exemption to the relevant school nurse.

In addition to the health services provided in the curriculum, the district will provide the following district-wide health services:

  1. Report required communicable disease
  2. Report and maintain student immunization records
  3. Meet all requirements of serving as mandatory reporters of child abuse
  4. Provide hazardous chemical disclosure
  5. Enforce the Iowa Immunization Law in grades DPS-12.
  6. Make home visits upon request within the scope of school policies.
  7. Maintain and keep current the health records for each student.
  8. Obtain health appraisals on students being staffed for special education programs.
  9. Dispense prescription and over the counter medications as per authorization of parents/guardians and
  10. Follow physician’s orders for certain special nursing procedures (e.g., catheterization, blood sugar)
  11. Provide instruction on standard health and safety precautions