The Marshalltown Community School District Nursing Staff is committed to keeping students in school, healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Healthy students make great learners! Marshalltown school nurses are student-centered, working with student’s family, and with other school staff and community resources to meet our students’ health needs.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF STUDENTS ENTERING 7th and 12th GRADE IN THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Meningitis Vaccine Requirements:
Students entering 7th grade (born after Sept. 15, 2004) – 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine received on or after age of 10 – a booster dose will be needed at age 16. 7th grade-Tdap vaccination-1 dose before entering 7th grade.
Students entering 12th grade (born after Sept. 15, 1999) - 2 doses of meningococcal vaccine or 1 dose if the first vaccine was given after age 16 . The second dose must be given after age 16 to be compliant.
NOTE: There is NO grace/extension period for this new meningitis vaccine requirement, what this means is that the law requires students be excluded from school if they have not received the immunization by the first day of school.
Please call your doctor’s office NOW to schedule an appointment to get the vaccine. Contact your school nurse if you have questions. Thank you!
Iowa Immunization Requirements: http://idph.iowa.gov/immtb/imm
School Dental Screening Requirements: http://idph.iow
Mandatory Lead Screening for Kindergarteners: http://idph.
Vision Requirement: https://idph.iow
When to keep your student home/and when to allow them to return after illness:
Students with the following symptoms should remain home or may be sent home from school:
- Fever: The child’s temperature must remain below 100.4 degrees for 24 hours without benefit of use of fever reducing medications before they can return to school.
- Vomiting: The child should be free of symptom for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Diarrhea: The child should be free of symptom for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Cold Symptoms: 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.
- Rash: Unexplained skin eruptions or rashes. When in doubt, consult your child’s doctor before sending your child to school.
- Communicable Disease: 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.
- Any other health condition that in the school nurses judgment is of concern for the others health and well-being and that of the child.
The school nurse or other school staff will contact you if your child becomes ill or seriously injured at school. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, other individuals listed on the emergency contact list will be contacted. It is very important that you notify the school when there are changes to phone numbers and emergency contacts.
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 nurse immediately.