Welcome to UHS Nurse’s office!
UCSD Nursing Mission Statement:
To enhance the educational potential of students by fostering optimal health and wellness.
It is always difficult to determine when your student is ill enough to stay home from school and when your student should attend. We find there is a positive correlation between good attendance in school and success in learning.
While most illnesses do not require exclusion from school, there are times when students should not be here. The Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Education suggest these criteria in determining when a student may be temporarily excluded.
Temporary exclusion from school is recommended when:
- The illness prevents the student from participating comfortably in activities as observed by the school staff.
- The illness results in a greater need for care than the school staff determines they can provide without compromising their ability to care for other students.
- The student has the following conditions, unless a health professional determines the student’s condition does not require exclusion.
- The student appears severely ill; may include lethargy, lack of responsiveness, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing, or quickly spreading rash.
- Fever (temperature above 101 degrees F orally) and behavior change or other signs and symptoms, such as a sore throat, rash, vomiting, or diarrhea. Fever as a single symptom may not be a valid reason for exclusion.
Students should be fever free, without the use of medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
When calling your student in ill, it is helpful to know the student’s name, your name, and the symptoms of the illness, such as fever, sore throat, vomiting, etc.
As always, good hand washing, a healthy diet, and a good night’s sleep are our best defenses against illness.
I encourage you to visit with me if you have further questions or concerns.
The Iowa Department of Public Health lists further information on their website: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/hcci/common/pdf/childhood_illness.pdf
UHS Procedure for Illness and Excused Absence
Illnesses are always more prevalent during these winter months. The information below is from the Urbandale High School Handbook. Please review the procedures below. Students should follow these procedures and see the school nurse prior to contacting the parent to be excused to leave school. This will assist in determining the necessity of the absence and insure correct attendance documentation. Your cooperation and support is appreciated.
Illness at school
Students that are feeling ill will be referred to the health office. If it is determined that your student is too ill to be at school, you will be notified. Students will not be dismissed during the school day without parent/guardian consent. If the parent/guardian is unavailable, the emergency contact may be called. If it is an emergency situation, EMS will be called and the student will be taken to the nearest or preferred hospital.
Attendance and Punctuality
REPORTING OF AN ABSENCE
When a student must be absent from school, a parent/guardian must:
- Phone the UHS attendance line before 7:50 a.m. of the day the student is absent.
- The parent/guardian should give the following information when calling; their name, the student’s name, hours of absence and reason for the absence.
- A 24-hour answering service is provided. The number is 457-6805.
The administration will considerate the following as valid/excused reasons for being absent:
- Illness or death in the immediate family
- Medical, dental, or other appointments which can not be made at other times.
- Absences approved in advance with high school administration (job interviews, college visitations, religious holidays, etc.). Students will not be excused from learning center or lunch unless the parent/guardian indicates a valid reason for the absence.
Notification after the absence will not change the status of the unexcused absence unless special circumstances arise.
The administration will make the final determination of whether an absence is excused or unexcused.