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Health Services

Welcome to the WACO Health Services Page!


  Our goal is to promote the health and safety of our students so they are ready to learn. You will find information on School Health policies and be able to access forms.  




WACO's Staff  Nurse, Mrs. Brittany Burnham will be managing the health needs of your child/children while at school.
The Nurse may be reached at the:
Elementary: 319-658-2931  
JH/HS:  319-256-6200.  
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call.  
Health Information on file
Each year at Registration we ask you to update an annual Student Health Update for each child. This form is important as we strive to meet the health needs of your child(ren.) Please make sure that we have up to date contact information should we need to reach you during the school day. Good practice is to log into PowerSchool anytime information changes for your student(s). It is the fastest and easiest way for us to keep current health information regarding your student(s.) This includes phone number changes; employment changes; contact updates as well as medication and diagnosis changes.
Emergency Contacts are IMPORTANT! 
We understand that you want to be the first to know if an emergency situation arises regarding your child. Even in today's society and the use of cell phones there are times you are unavailable. We ask for emergency contacts in the circumstance we are unable to make contact with you. Please work with a close family member, friend, neighbor to be established as an emergency contact. Our standard practice to to establish contact with the parent first. An emergency contact is critical in the event you are unavailable. 
Reasons to keep your child home from school include:
  • Rash of unknown origin.
  • Fever greater than 100 degrees.
    • Students need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, or other fever reducing medicines BEFORE returning to school.
  • Diarrhea or vomiting.
    • They may return to school 24 hours after the last episode if they have been able to keep a full meal down
  • Severe sore throat.
    • Students with known strep may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic therapy.
Illness during the school day: 
We ask that students visit the school nurse health office BEFORE calling a parent to be excused to going home when they are not feeling well.  In order to be able to track student illnesses and support our district’s attendance policy, we will assess students and determine if there is a medical need to be excused from school. 
The link above lists the Student Health Requirements per the State of Iowa Iowa Code. Below are forms and documents you may find beneficial. The school participates in dental and vision screenings.  
Prescription Medication at school
In the event your child needs to take medication during the school day, please complete the Request for Giving Medication form. The district policy allows medication to be given at school IF parent authorization AND physician authorization forms are completed. This applies to all medication, prescription and non-prescription medication. Please read the form for information specific to sending and administering medication at school.
Information regarding the State of Iowa Immunization Law and requirements for school entrance, illness and injury, health screenings, communicable disease information, asthma, diabetes and food allergy information and required forms, student nutrition and healthy snacks are a few of the topics covered on this page. 
When students visit their healthcare provider or ER, please get a Dr. excuse when your student returns to school.
Over the Counter Medication at school
Any over the counter medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cough drops, etc) must be brought to the school nurse with signed parent permission. Over the counter medication must be in the properly labeled package it was purchased in. The elementary WILL NOT have stock of these medications, parents must provide. Secondary students may receive generic Tylenol or generic Advil from the office with parent permission. The nurse may require a doctor’s order for over the counter medication at her discretion. All medication will be kept in a safe supervised place within the school.
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