HEALTH AND EDUCATION—–PARTNERS IN SUCCESS
Davenport Community Schools is committed to providing a school environment that enhances learning and development of lifelong wellness practices. We believe well-being has a direct impact on student learning and behavior, therefore, the District will develop administrative regulations using standards designed to promote wellness, as mandated by federal and state law. To view these guidelines, please visit our Wellness Policy.
Health Services Quick Links:
Introduction to Health Services
The focus of the Davenport Community Schools Health Services Program is the promotion of an optimum state of health for the school age child through preventative measures such as health screenings, health assessments, health education, health counseling and referrals. The program is based on the knowledge that a healthy body, healthy mind, and healthful living habits are essential components in the student’s quest to achieve his/her maximum educational potential.
To provide the safest and best care to all students in the Davenport Community School District (DCSD), it is important that the school has the most up to date information including addresses and phone numbers. It is important that we keep the 2017_18_Health_Form_B for the student as current as possible. Please complete the Emergency Health Information form whenever changes in your student’s health, addresses, emergency contacts or phone numbers have changed. Please complete and submit to the school nurse.
Spanish form-Spanish Emergency Health Information
Many of the forms necessary to provide safe care and promote health in your student are available on this web page. Please feel free to print, complete, and either send the form back to school with your student, complete the form online and email it back to the school nurse as an attachment. Students who attend CHC and Vera French will need to complete the specific agency’s medical release form for the medical information to be shared with the school health office personnel.
Information provided to the school regarding the health and care of students may be shared with school personnel for the provision of appropriate health and /or educational services.
For additional information on the Affordable Health Care Act enrollment and keeping your family healthy please check out these web links:
Medicaid: Go to https://dhsservices.iowa.gov/apspssp/ssp.portal or call 1-855-889-7985. You qualify if your incomes is between 0% and 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. For the individual that would be up to $16,104.60 and for a Family of Four- $32,913.
Healthy & Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i): Go to: www.hawk-i.org. Hawk-i is a state program which offers low-cost or no-cost health and dental insurance for children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but too low to afford private family coverage. This coverage is available to kids and teens ages 1-19, who live in Iowa. Applications are available upon request at the school or contact Care for Kids at Scott County Health Department at or call (563) 328-4114.
Martket place: Go to www. healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596. Penalty: Penalties are taken directly out of federal tax returns if you qualify for coverage but choose not to enroll.
If you have questions or need help applying, these local offices can help:
Community Health Care, Inc: For Marketplace/Medicaid coverage 563-336-3202
Genesis Medical Center for Marketplace/Medicaid coverage 563-421-3675
Unity Point for Marketplace/Medicaid 309-779-4584
Scott County DHS Medicaid 563-326-8680
The DCSD does not assume responsibility for medical treatment during school hours. If your child is on medication, please make every effort to give it at home.
If medication must be given at school, the parent must provide a written and signed doctor’s order stating the name of the child, the name of the medication, the hour to be given, and the dates the medication is needed. Please use the Medication Administration Consent for the prescribed medication. Whenever possible, the parent or guardian is the accepted person to bring the medication to the health office. Medications should not be brought to school by students. All controlled medication needs to be immediately counted by the health office staff and the person bringing in the medication upon receiving the medication. Please DO NOT bring in more than 30 count of medication at a time.
If your child is on an over-the-counter medication, please give it at home, alert the health office staff and document the time of dosing, so they can watch for adverse side effects of the drug. However, if an over-the-counter medication needs to be given during school hours, the school health office staff must receive the medication in the original, sealed container that will be kept and left in the health office until the parent or health staff deem it unnecessary to continue administration. Please check expiration dates before sending the medication. There is also a Medication Over-The-Counter Consent form for completion.
Cough drops should be sent only if absolutely necessary. If your child has a frequent disruptive cough, please keep the child home. If cough drops must be sent, they must be in the original package with a consent for over-the-counter medications form, and they must be kept in the health office.
A student, with authorization from the health care provider and parent/guardian, may carry and self-administer an asthma inhaler and/or auto-injectable epinephrine medication. The authorization consent, where the physician and parent/guardian need to sign, is on the bottom section of the Medication Consent Form.
It would assist health staff to have physician complete this asthma treatment action form-
ALL medication must be received at school in the original prescription container.
Please make arrangements to pick up all medication any time the medication is no longer in use. Please call the school health office to make arrangements. No medications will be kept over the summer months, and proper disposal will take place following the last day of school before summer break in conjunction with the Davenport Police Department.
A new medication order from your physician is required for all medications and for each new school year. Any person administering medication for the student will complete a medication administration course and skills reviewed by the school health office staff prior to administering medication.
Stock Auto- Injectable Epinephrine Pens: 1 adult and 1 junior epinephrine pen will be maintained in all school buildings except for the Children Villages under DHS governing. Only fully trained medication administration personnel are authorized to administer this medication in the school or on school grounds. (Stock epinephrine pens will NOT be on field trips as they are needed in the buildings.)
Illnesses at school
Illnesses/Injuries At School- Our primary goal is to protect the health of our students, families, faculty and staff. Ways that you can help to minimize the spread of illness at your child’s school are:
- Teach your child about good hand washing and cough hygiene practices.
- Let the school health office staff know if your child has a medical condition that could make them more susceptible to becoming ill.
- Discuss with your doctor additional measures that might reduce your families chance of becoming ill. Seasonal flu shots and updating your immunizations are two measures.
- Plan for how your child will be cared for if they need to remain home from school due to illness. Students with the following symptoms should remain home or may be sent home from school:
- The child’s temperature must remain below 100 degrees for 24 hours without benefit of use of fever reducing medications before they can return to school.
- Vomiting- should be free of symptom for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Diarrhea- should be free of symptom for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Persistent nasal congestion, reddened eyes, sore throat, cough or headaches that disrupt the student’s learning or pose a risk of disease transmission to others.
- Unexplained skin eruptions or rashes. When in doubt, consult your child’s doctor before sending your child to school.
- Any other health condition that in the school health office staff’s judgment is of concern for the others, health and well-being and that of the child.
- Communicable illnesses in which you have been advised to remain out of school until cleared to return by the county health department or your child’s doctor.
- Most illnesses are allowed back to school after 24 hours of treatment ie: Strep Throat, Impetigo.
- Health conditions such as Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis), MRSA, and Ringworm do NOT need to be excluded from school unless child meets other exclusion criteria. Over the counter treatments are available for these conditions and should be used. Sites of ringworm and MRSA must be covered to attend school.
The school health office staff will contact you if your child becomes ill or seriously injured at school. If a parent cannot be reached, other individuals listed on the emergency form will be contacted. For the child’s safety, students will be released only to adults whose names appear on the emergency form. It is very important that you notify school when there are changes to emergency contacts or health care providers.
Children should not attend school if they have had diarrhea or vomiting the past 24 hours, or have an undiagnosed rash, or have an uncontrolled cough. Your child’s temperature should be maintained without the benefit of medication under 100 degrees for 24 hours before returning to school.
To minimize the spread of illness among students, report communicable diseases such as influenza, measles, whooping cough, hepatitis A, tuberculosis, chickenpox, etc. to the school health office immediately.
Absences: Students are required by law to attend school. If your child must be absent from school, please notify the school office with two symptoms as early as possible on the morning of the absence. Serious illnesses that may require a long-term absence must be verified by a medical doctor. Home instruction is available for students on written request of the attending physician.
The Iowa Legislature passed a new law, effective July 1, 2011, regarding students in grades 7 – 12 who participate in extracurricular interscholastic activities. Please see the Fact Sheet for Parents and Students or visit the Iowa Athletic Association Website
The Scott County Health Department and the State of Iowa require that each school submit a communicable disease report for tracking purposes. Because of this report, it is very important that when calling a student in for an absence from school, parents submit at least two symptoms to help school health office staff track illness and report to the health department. For more information on communicable disease symptoms, duration, exposure, and incubation periods, please click on the links below.
The majority of DCSD diabetic students are patients at the University of Iowa. Therefore, the DCSD health services utilizes all forms from the University of Iowa to provide the best possible care to our diabetic students. Please call your school health office for the necessary medical forms.
Medical School Forms
- In an effort to complete necessary medical school forms before the beginning of next school year, we need to begin planning now.
- Before the end of this school year, please ask for medical forms required by your school.
- Parents and student are responsible for completing all information, other than medical information, BEFORE giving the forms to your Diabetes Health Care Team.
We will not accept BLANK FORMS & WILL RETURN all blank forms sent to us. AFTER PARENTS HAVE COMPLETED THE FORMS, please send them to us for review and signature before AUGUST 1.
Examples of forms that may be needed are:
- Medication Authorization Form(s)
- Individual Health Plan/Disease Action Plans
- Athletic Physical Forms
You may mail or fax completed forms to:
UIHC – Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Attn: Diabetes Nurses
200 Hawkins Dr, 2857 JPP
Iowa City, IA 52242
Fax: 319 356 8170 (Attn: Diabetes Nurses)
Forms will be returned to school or home by fax or mail within ten business days. If you want us to mail it, please include a stamped self addressed envelope.
If you have questions, you may contact us at 319-356-7337 or by e-mail:
Immunizations: The Iowa Immunization Law requires that parents of all children attending schools in Iowa provide written proof of immunizations. No Child May Attend School without a Certificate of Immunization, except under circumstances outlined or specified in the State of Iowa laws or codes.
- 2016 Immunization Schedule by Age Childcare Preschool
- School Aged Requirements and Recommendations
- Immunization Requirements
Immunizations are state required:
- entering Kindergarten (ages 4-6): Completion of 5th dose DTap, 3-4 doses Hib, 4th dose PCV13, annual dose of Influenza, 2nd MMR, 2nd Varicella, 2 HepA, 3 doses Hep B, 4th dose Polio on or after age 4 if born before September 15, 2003.
- 7th grade or above: 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine (A,C,W,Y) on or after 10 years of age if born after September 15, 2004 and a Tdap booster.
- Twelfth grade: 2 doses of meningococcal vaccines or 1 dose if received when the student was 16 years of age or older.
*These vaccines must be done before school begins and proof brought to the nurse. State is mandating that there will be NO exceptions for lack of immunizations at the 7th and 12th grade levels for vaccines upon entering school unless there is a religious exemption or medical exemption on file for the student:
For more information click on the following PDFs:
- Immunization Requirements
- Iowa Medical Exemption; forms – Medical Exemption
- Iowa Religious Exemption; forms – Religious Exemption
- Tdap Vaccine Requirement Questions and Answers
- 2017 Meningococcal Q/A
- Vaccine Information Statement
FREE FLU CLINIC – Genesis VNA is ready to come into your school and give the seasonal flu vaccine!
Here are the schedules for the individual elementary schools: (Information will be added at the beginning of flu season)
For more information on Influenza and the importance of vaccination, please visit these important documents:
Letters with consents were sent home with your child to complete and return to your school nurse.
Here are the various language versions if needed. Complete these forms and return to school nurse.
Food Allergy, Anaphylaxis, and Special Dietary Need
Food allergies and severe and life threatening reactions to food allergies are a concern within the school day. There are also some medical conditions requiring special dietary consideration. Please see the resources below for assistance. You will need to obtain a signed, physician’s order for dietary accommodations if your child has a life threatening allergy or medical condition requiring special dietary consideration.
Here is the form –Diet Modification Request
Also, please assist staff by completing this informational form – https://www.foodallergy.org/file/emergency-care-plan.pdf
Your child should bring in their own auto-injectable epinephrine pen when ordered by a physician.
For more information, review this link – The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
The Children’s Villages house children between ages 3 to 5 years.
Preschool Requirements at the Villages:
- Proof of a current physical (done within a year of registration) on file within 30 days of admittance to preschool. The physical must be done by a M.D., D.O., N.P., or P.A. A physical by a Chiropractor is not acceptable. Students need an updated physical on file every year that they are enrolled.
- Proof of current immunizations for their age group as regulated by the State of Iowa before they attend school.
- A medical provider (for emergency purposes)
- A dentist (for emergency purposes)
Use the 24 months or older guidelines for preschool children, not the 4 year old elementary guidelines. A few differences between Preschool and Elementary Requirements include:
- Hib is required in preschool; it is not indicated for persons 60 months of age or older.
- PCV is required in preschool; it is not indicated for persons 60 months of age or older.
- Hepatitis B is not required in preschool; it is required in elementary/secondary.
Vaccines recommended for the 4-6 year group includes:
- 5th dose DTap
- 4th dose Polio
- 2nd dose MMR
- 2nd dose Varicella
- Annual influenza vaccine
- Lead screen at 12 months old then every year after that through 6 years old.
- Dental screen by age one, and then every year after that.
- Vision screen before 3 yrs of age and upon entering Kindergarten and third grade.
Kindergarten Roundup and School Registration
The focus of the Davenport Community Schools Health Services Program is to promote the highest level of health for the school-age child through preventative services such as health education and counseling, health screenings and assessments, and provider referrals. Our program is based on the knowledge that a healthy body, healthy mind and healthy living habits are essential in achieving educational potential. Kindergarten is an important milestone, and we wanted to share some health information specific to your student. We strongly encourage that Kindergarten students receive a physical before school starts, but there are also some required documents/screenings that you should know about.
Read more concerning this in the letter Kindergarten Focus Letter.
Forms required by state law:
- Blood Lead Testing – We do not need the results, just need to confirm the test has been done.
- Proof of Dental Screening-Your child should see the dentist for this screening. Dental forms must be on an Iowa Department of Public Health Screening Certificate – Dental Screening Certificate.
- Proof of Vision Screening- Green Vision cards will be in the Health Offices; as well as the Certificate of Vision Screening form. Certificate of Vision Screening.
- Kindergarten Enrollment and Emergency Health Information Form.
Below is a list of forms available upon request:
- Certificate of Immunization Exemption/Medical and Religious
- Guidance for Students with Special Dietary Needs (This form is completed by a physician if it is for students with food allergies or food texture modifications.)
- Medication Administration Form (This form is completed by a physician for meds that have to be given at school.)
- Certificate of Blood Lead Testing Exemption for Religious Reasons
- Critical Care Cards and epi-pen waivers for students with special medical needs who use the bus system.
We strongly encourage all kindergarten students receive a school physical by a licensed physician before entering school.
Hawk-i is a state program which offers low-cost or no-cost health and dental insurance for children in families with incomes too high to quality for Medicaid, but too low to afford private family coverage. Application are available upon request or contact Tara Marriott, Coordinator at (563) 326-8618 or call Care for Kids at (563) 328-4114.
If you still have some questions please refer to this –KRU Q & A.
Whooping cough is a bacterial infection that is spread short distances through the air by droplets when infected people cough. The period of communicability is 21 days if left untreated. The characteristic symptoms, a long series of coughs followed by a whooping noise, are more common in very young children and less common in older children, adolescents and adults. You cannot identify pertussis by the characteristics of the cough alone.
Adults, teens, and vaccinated children often have mild symptoms that mimic the common cold, bronchitis or asthma or present as cough only. There is generally no fever.
It is important that students who have a cough are evaluated before returning to school. The following procedures for Pertussis-related symptoms will be followed in our schools.
- Students that present to the health office with a cough will be asked to put on a mask.
- If the student has an acute coughing illness or the student has been coughing for more than one week, the student:
- Will be instructed to put on a mask immediately.
- Must be sent home. Please make sure contact phone numbers are up to date.
- Must be tested for Pertussis.
- In order to return to school the student:
- Must have a negative Pertussis test, which can take up to 5 days OR
- Must be on the antibiotics to treat Pertussis for 5 days. They may return to school on the 6th day.
- A copy of their prescription must be received in the health office upon return.
Please see the fact sheet from the Iowa Department of Public Health and feel free to contact the Scott County Health Department or the school health office for more information.
Lead Testing, Vision, Hearing, and Dental Screenings
All screenings will be performed on all eligible students unless a written notification is received from the parent or guardian requesting that the screening not be performed (This is called passive consent).
If your student fails a screening done at school, a referral to the appropriate health care provider will be made by the school health office. If you do not have a care provider or health insurance, please contact the school health office for assistance.
If your student is not in the identified grades being screened for vision, hearing or dental, you may request that they be screened by contacting the school health office.
All students enrolling into Kindergarten are required to have at least one lead test. Parents or guardians need to confirm this testing has been done and provide evidence to the school nurse. The nurse completes a State Lead spreadsheet containing enrolling student’s demographic information and sends this to state. IDPH will audit the list and return to the school nurse a list of students whom did not meet the requirement. Families will be informed of this needed testing to remain in school.
VISION SCREENING: By state law, Vision Screening is required for students entering Kindergarten and again entering 3rd grade.
Please have the Certificate of Vision Screening completed and return it to the School Health Office at your child’s elementary building.
Who can do the screening?
- A physician
- An advanced nurse practitioner
- A physician assistant
- The local public health department
- A public or accredited nonpublic school
- A community based organization
- A free clinic
- A child care center
It is not a requirement to have a full comprehensive exam, but if your child has had a full eye exam in the last year, that will meet the requirements. Please have the provider’s office complete the Student Vision Card (green card) and bring a copy to the school.
If there is NOT a record of a vision screen provided, your school health office staff will complete the vision screen. If you do not want your child to be screened at the school, please inform the school health office.
Preschool vision screening is performed by the Lion’s Club and written consent is required (This is called active consent).
HEARING TESTS: All hearing tests in the Davenport Schools are done by the AEA IX Audiologist/Audiometrist. Testing is done for students in grades Kindergarten-2nd and 5th grades, students with known hearing loss, and all students who are new to the school district. Parents and teachers may also request that a screening be done whenever a problem is suspected, regardless of the student’s grade. For students not in the categories listed above, this is accomplished through the referral process, which involves filling out a request for screening form obtained from the school nurse. Results of hearing testing may be obtained from the school health office or the Audiologist assigned to the child’s building.
DENTAL SCREENING: Dental screening is required for all Kindergarten and 9th grade students. Parents or guardians of Kindergarten students will be required to provide evidence of a dental screening on an Iowa Department of Public Health Dental Screening Certificate. The dental screening must be completed no earlier than age three and no later than age 6 by a dentist, dental hygienist, physician, nurse or physician’s assistant. Dental screenings must now be done within 4 months of enrollment.
All incoming 9th grade students must provide evidence of a dental screening on an Iowa Department of Public Health Dental Screening Certificate This screening can be done no earlier than one year prior to the date of enrollment. This screening must be performed by a dentist or dental hygienist. Dental screenings must now be done within 4 months of enrollment.
Bedbugs / Fleas: The most common way for bed bugs and fleas to enter a school is through “hitchhiking” from an infected site. Some people have no reaction to bites and others have severe allergic reactions. The most common species in school building is the cat flea. Cat fleas can carry or transmit various organisms. Bed bugs tend to bite on skin that is exposed during sleep or rest.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Visible marks and itchiness
- Student is anxious
- Student displays sleepiness
If student presents with an unknown rash, parents may be called to take the child to a physician for diagnosis. A note should be provided from the health care provider stating the rash is not contagious and student may return to school. For more information please view the following link to our Bed Bug Talking Points.
Pediculosis (Lice): The DCSD follows the procedures and guidelines outlined by the Scott County Health Department http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/health/head-lice/head-lice-management
DCSD head lice procedure
- General school or classroom screening is not recommended.
- Parents/guardian should screen their children weekly.
- Students will be screened at the discretion of the trained health professional in the school if lice are suspected or as a result of a reported case.
- Families will be notified by school personnel of the presence of head lice the same day they are detected.
- With the presence of a single identified case in a classroom, the families of the student’s classmates will NOT be notified.
- If truancy results from lack of treatment for head lice, the school will take appropriate action.
If head lice/nits are identified on a student, the following steps should be taken:
- The parents will be notified and arrangements will be made for parents to receive instructions on the elimination of the infestation from the school health professional. Whenever possible, this exchange of information will be in person. A packet of information will be given to parent or caregiver that includes:
- Iowa Department of Public Health Pamphlet “Getting Rid of Lice”. (1-800-369-2229) Review treatment steps for days 1-14.
- Question and Answer sheet
- Parent checklist
- Treatment of head lice/parent responsibilities
- Parents will be strongly encouraged to treat promptly. Students will be allowed to return to school after proper treatment has begun. With prompt and thorough treatment a student need only be absent from school for one day. The school health office staff will complete a return to school head check. Students may be excluded from school if they return to school on the following day and no treatment has begun.
- Parents will be strongly encouraged to remove all nits.
Please contact the school health office for assistance.
Thank you for visiting the DCSD Health Services Web page. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school health office staff.