Immunizations and Health Screenings
Immunizations and Health Screenings
Along with the online registration application and other required forms for enrollment; health documentation also must be provided.
Iowa law requires a parent to verify proper immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella to enroll in school. At least one dose of each immunization must be given before starting school. An immunization or exemption certificate must be on file with the school nurse by the time the student starts school as this is required by state law and Board Policy #504.10.
Please review the immunization requirements per the Iowa Department of Public Health as the State of Iowa has passed some new requirements in recent years. The state of Iowa requires students entering 7th grade to have both a Tdap vaccine and a meningitis vaccine. For those students entering 12th grade, you will need to show proof of two doses of meningitis vaccine. The meningitis vaccine must be received before the first day of 7th or 12th grade and an updated immunization record must be to the school nurse before the first day of school.
If you have specific questions or need more information on immunizations or any of the health screening, please talk to your medical care provider or school nurse. Your health care provider should be able to provide you with the appropriate immunization certificate however if you need a blank certificate of immunization or exemption form, please click HERE.
Required by Iowa law, dental screenings are to be completed for all students entering kindergarten and ninth grade. Students entering kindergarten must have had a 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, advanced registered nurse practitioner, physician assistant, nurse, dental hygienist, or a dentist. Students entering ninth grade must have proof of a 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. The results of this screening need to be submitted to your school nurse on the designated dental screening form which can be located on the Iowa Department of Public Health‘s website. One may also locate a dental screen exemption on the same site. Dental Screening (PDF)
The State of Iowa requires all incoming kindergarten and third grade students to have a vision screening prior to the first day of school. This exam can be completed by a licensed eye doctor or optometrist, your child’s health care provider at the time of his or her school physical, a free clinic, KidSight, or a county health department. A screening will be valid if it is done up to 1 year prior to enrollment and no later than 6 months after enrollment. The results of this screening need to be submitted to your school nurse on the designated vision screening form which can be located on the Iowa Department of Public Health‘s website. Vision Screening (PDF)
Blood Lead Screening
Iowa law now requires that children enrolling in kindergarten provide proof of having a valid blood lead test prior to six years of age. Typically schools provide a list of children enrolled in kindergarten to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and in turn IDPH will let schools know if there is a child that does not have record of a blood lead test on file. 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. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Iowa Department of Public Health’s blood lead bureau at 1-800-972-2026.