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Health Services

Our school nurses are in the schools each day supporting the academic success and social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health of all students. Other staff are also available to assist children for first aid or illness in the absence of the nurse.

Physical Forms: Kindergarten | Middle School |High School Athletics
Certificate of Vision Screening (K & 3) | Food Allergy Action Plan |Medical Diet Modification Request | Seizure Action Plan

ROXANNE SCHMERTMANN

MSN, ARNP-BC
Nursing Services Coordinator

Bettendorf High School
(563) 332-7001
rschmertmann@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

JO MECHAM

RN-BC, MS
School Nurse

Bettendorf Middle School
(563) 359-3686
jmecham@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

Carol Harris

MSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse

Grant Wood Elementary
(563) 359-8277
charris@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

Donna Carlson

School Nurse

Neil Armstrong Elementary
(563) 359-8275
dcarlson@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

LORI LEBARGE

RN, BSN
School Nurse
Mark Twain Elementary
(563) 359-8263
Thomas Jefferson Elementary
(563) 359-8261
llabarge@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

ALEXA MENDOZA

RN, BSN
School Nurse

Herbert Hoover Elementary
(563) 332-8636
amendoza@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

LISA ORWITZ

RN
School Nurse

Paul Norton Elementary
(563) 332-8936
lorwitz@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

JANE SULLIVAN

RN, BSN
Medicaid Nurse

Administration Center
(563) 359-3681
janesullivan@bettendorf.k12.ia.us


Health Record

A cumulative health record is maintained for each student. The nurse should be informed of any changes or developments pertaining to your child's health. Health Services Goal: To support academic success and social, emotional, behavioral and physical health of all students.

Communicable Diseases

Students with a communicable disease will be allowed to attend school provided their presence does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees. The term "communicable disease" shall mean an infectious or contagious disease spread from person to person, or animal to person, or as defined by law.

507.3 Communicable Diseases - Students

507.3R1 Communicable Diseases - Student Regulation

507.3E1 Communicable Disease Chart

507.3E2 Reportable Infectious Diseases

Dental & Lead Screening Requirements




Dental Screening Information | Certificate of Exemption | Certificate of Dental Screening

Dental Screening

This requirement was passed by the 2007 legislature and became effective July 1, 2008. The purpose of the dental screening requirement is to improve the oral health of Iowa's children. Dental screenings help with early detection and treatment of dental disease; promote the importance of oral health for school readiness and learning; and contribute to statewide surveillance of oral health.

    • The requirement applies to kindergarten and ninth grade students only.
    • A screening for kindergarten may be performed by a licensed dentist, dental hygienist, nurse, advanced registered nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.
    • A screening for ninth grade may be performed by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist only.
    • Screenings performed by out-of-state providers are allowed.
    • The Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Dental Screening is the only acceptable form.
    • A screening for kindergarten is valid from age 3 years to four months after enrollment date.
    • A screening for 9th grade is valid from one year prior to enrollment to four months after enrollment date.

Lead Screening

The law (House File 158) which requires evidence of a blood lead test when children that enter school (i.e., before the age of 6 and provided to the elementary school in which the child is enrolling). The requirement applies to children enrolled in public and private schools and those who are home schooled.

See the Iowa Department of Public Health website for more information -

First Aid

First aid is given for injuries that happen at school, but follow-up is the responsibility of the parent. PLEASE notify the school of any change in address or phone numbers. If a child is unable to attend recess or PE he/she must have a note from the doctor.

Illness at School

Board Policy 507.4

Please notify the school office each day that your child is absent due to illness. Provide two symptoms of the illness for anonymous state required illness reporting.

When your child becomes ill at school, you or the person you have designated will be called.

Is my child too ill to attend school?

Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.

Fever - 100.0 degrees or higher

A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher should not attend school. The child should be free of fever, without fever-reducing medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.

Sore Throat/Colds/Cough

Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don't interfere with school attendance. A persistent, frequent cough and/or constant nasal drainage may affect your child's performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home. Most sore throats are causes by viruses as seen in colds or seasonal allergies. However, for children between the ages of two and eighteen, there is a risk to develop “strep” throat. The only certain way to diagnose “strep” throat is with a throat culture. The physician will usually prescribe an antibiotic such as penicillin and your child should stay out of school at least 24 hours after the medication has started.

Vomiting/Diarrhea

A child who has vomited should wait 24 hours and be able to retain solid foods before returning to school. A child who is having frequent diarrhea stools should not attend school. If there is cramping/abdominal pain with diarrhea, the student may be more comfortable at home. However, if your child is sick for more than three days, you may need to seek medical advice.

Pink eye

Most eye infections are highly contagious. Symptoms include redness of eyes or eyelids, crusting of lashes and/or drainage from eyes. This infection is spread by hand to eye contact. Students may return to school 24 hours after treatment or when there is no longer a discharge from the eye.

Immunizations

Iowa Department of Public Health - Forms & More Information

No student may be enrolled in the district without proof of immunization.

Students enrolling must submit a certificate of immunizations against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, rubella and any other immunizations required by the school district.

  • Children born on or after July 1, 1994, must show proof of three doses of hepatitis B vaccine prior to enrollment.
  • Students born after September 15, 1997, must have immunization against chicken pox after 12 month of age or a reliable history of the disease.

The student may be admitted conditionally to the attendance center if the student has submitted proof of immunization and has not completed required immunizations but is in the process of doing so. Failure to meet the immunization requirement will be grounds for exclusion.

Insurance

Parents have the opportunity at the beginning of the school year to purchase an accident insurance policy for their child. Information concerning the policy will be given at registration.

Health Services Provided for Students in the School Setting

Health Issues - Identify, treat and evaluate immediate and ongoing issues

  • First Aid
  • Deal with acute and chronic conditions both physical and emotional
  • Administer medications and treatments as prescribed by physicians and as requested by signed permission from parents
  • Health screenings: vision, height, weight, calculate BMI
  • Responsible for all health record keeping which includes; immunizations, physical exams, dental, vision, height, weight, BMI, complete health report cards
  • Help manage communicable diseases in the schools
  • Responsible for initiating and updating Individual Health Care Plans
  • Liaison within in the school, community and the Scott County Health Dept
  • Communicable disease reporting to the county and state health dept.
  • Follow- up with parents of students who are chronically absent
  • Health teaching to students and parents
  • Relay pertinent student health information to staff with bounds of confidentiality
  • Mandatory abuse reporters
  • Documentation of daily activities and events in the health office
  • Referral resource to community agencies, physicians, clinics
  • Advocate for student

Medications

Prescription and over-the-counter medications are dispensed following district guidelines.

507.2 Administration of Medication to Students

507.2R1 Administration of Medication to Students Regulation

507.2E1 Administration of Medications to Students

507.2E2 Parental Authorization & Permission for Administration of Prescription & Over the Counter/Nonprescription Medications

507.2E3 Authorization - Asthma or Airway Constricting Medication: Self-Administration Consent Form

Screenings

Vision

Each child in kindergarten through fifth grade is given yearly vision screening. Parents are notified if a concern is discovered. Certificate of Vision Screening

Hearing

An audiologist from Mississippi Bend Area 9 Educational Agency screens children in kindergarten through 2nd grade. New students, student considered for special education services and students who are referred will also be screened as needed.

Head Lice

Students are checked for head lice on an as needed basis only. Students found to have a lice infestation must receive appropriate treatment before returning to school.