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504 - Student Health Services

Health services are an integral part of assisting all students to increase learning, achievement, and performance. Health services coordinate and support existing programs to assist each student in achievement of an optimal state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing. Student health services ensure continuity and create linkages between school, home, and community service providers. The school district’s needs and resources determines the linkages.

Except in emergent care situations or child abuse assessments, the district will not administer invasive physical examinations or health screenings of a student that are not required by state or federal law without first obtaining the written consent of the student’s parent or guardian.

  • Emergent care situation means a sudden or unforeseen occurrence of onset of a medical or behavioral condition that could result in serious injury or harm to a student or others in the event immediate medical attention is not provided. Emergent care situation includes the need to screen a student or others for symptoms or exposures during an outbreak or public health event of concern as designated by the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Invasive physical examination means any medical examination that involves the exposure of private body parts or any act during such examination that includes incision, insertion, or injection into the body, but does not include a hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening.
  • Student health screening means an intentionally planned, periodic process to identify if students may be at risk for a health concern and to determine if a referral for an in-depth assessment is needed to consider appropriate health services. Student health screening does not include an episodic, individual screening done in accordance with professional licensed practice.

The superintendent [or designee], in conjunction with the school nurses will develop administrative regulations implementing this policy. The superintendent [or designee] will provide a written report on the role of health services in the education program to the board annually.

Reference Iowa Senate File 2080 for additional information

Adopted: 2/21
Revised: 8/23
Related Policy: 504.1 through 504.12
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 22.7; 139A.3, .8, .21; 143.1; 152; 256.7(24), .11; 279; 280.23; 281 IAC 12.3(4), (7), (11); 12.4(12);
12.8; 282 IAC 22; 641 IAC 7; 655 IAC 6; Senate File 2080
IASB Reference: 607.02
Mandatory Policy