What Do School Nurses Do?
School Nursing is a healthcare specialty requiring specific expertise in nursing, public health, and education. Our school nurses are licensed, registered nurses educated to address the wide range of health topics that impact children at school:
- Identify health concerns through assessments and observations
- Provide health care counseling or guidance to students, families, and staff
- Conduct Care Coordination including case management, chronic disease management, care planning, and assistance in finding a medical home or other health care providers
- Provide medication management
- Provide health screenings, referrals, and follow-up
- Ensure immunization compliance and coordination of other health mandates according to state requirements
- Provide Health education, promotion, and disease prevention
UCSD Nursing Mission:
To enhance the educational potential of students by fostering optimal health and wellness.
Health Policies and Procedures
- Exclusion Guidelines / Illnesses At School
- If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, we ask that you keep your child home, observe for symptoms such as sore throat, rash, vomiting, or diarrhea, and follow up with your healthcare provider. Your child may return to school when fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications AND respiratory symptoms are mild and improving. If your child visits a healthcare provider, please request a note from the doctor to excuse the absence(s).
- If your child does not have a temperature, but is feeling ill and the illness prevents your child from participating comfortably in academics/activities, please keep your child home until illness symptoms have passed.
- The illness prevents the student from participating comfortably in activities/academics as observed by the school staff.
- The illness results in greater care than the school staff determines they can provide without compromising the ability to care for other students.
- Medication Guidelines at School
- Students are not allowed to have medications with them at school. All medication (prescription and over the counter) must be kept in the health office and will be administered under the supervision of the school nurse. Administration of medication at school requires parent/guardian signature on the district Medication Authorization Form, which can be found below, or in the school health office. Medication must be brought in the original container or labeled prescription bottle. It must be age-appropriate and will be administered according to label recommendations.
- Students in middle school and high school may receive up to six doses per school year of either acetaminophen or ibuprofen, at the nurse’s discretion, with parent/guardian consent. The authorization form is available on the online registration or in the health office at UMS or UHS.
- By Iowa law, students with asthma or other airway constricting diseases may self-administer their medication with written approval from the parent/guardian and prescribing physician. This form is available below or in the school health office.
- Emergency Contacts
- In the event of an illness or an injury, it is important for school staff to be able to contact parents/guardians in a timely manner. When registering your students please provide two or more contact numbers for each parent/guardian. During the school year, please inform your school office of any changes to personal or work phone numbers as well as emails.
- PE / Recess Guidelines
- State education laws require that all students be enrolled in and participate in a course of Physical Education. Students are required to participate in all PE classes. If a physician feels that a student should not participate or should only participate on a limited basis, parents must obtain a note from the physician with all restrictions noted and give this to the school nurse. Once the student is cleared by their physician to return to all activities, a clearance note must be given to the school nurse. In the case of an unexpected injury or illness, the school nurse may determine if a student is unable to participate in PE activities.
- Students will be expected to go outside at recess each day unless there are individually approved circumstances or inclement weather conditions. If the student has returned from a lengthy illness, he/she may be held in from recess for no more than two days without a doctor’s note. Appropriate clothing for the existing weather conditions at the time is a must.
- Immunization Requirements
- Certificate of Immunization
- Iowa Code, Chapter 139a.8(6) and Iowa Administrative Code, 641-7.7(139) outline the immunization requirement for students attending licensed child care centers and elementary or secondary schools. Students shall have received the required immunizations and submit the Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Immunization or have a valid Certificate of Immunization Exemption, or Provisional Certificate of Immunization.
- In the event a student is absent or tardy, all schools require notification from the parent/guardian of the student.
- When calling in your child absent from school, please be sure to contact your school’s attendance line leaving your student’s name, grade, symptoms, temperature, and the best phone number to reach you if your school nurse has further questions.
- Urbandale High School 515-457-6805
- Urbandale Middle School 515-457-6605
- Karen Acres Elementary 515-457-5703
- Olmsted Elementary 515-457-5803
- Valerius Elementary 515-457-6503
- Webster Elementary 515-331-8620
Illness Fact Sheets
Vaping / e-Cigarettes
- E-cigarettes and Youth: What Parents Need to Know (PDF) (CDC)
- Teachers and Parents: That USB Stick Might Be an E-cigarette poster (CDC)
- Know The Risks E-Cigarettes and Young People (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
- Vaping: What You Need to Know And How to Talk With Your Kids (PDF) (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)