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Health Services

DCSD_wellness_bug_sidebarThe nursing staff of the Dubuque Community School District strives to provide compassionate and comprehensive health services for your child. Our professional, experienced staff is able to meet a variety of healthcare needs for your children while attending school. In addition, we promote prevention and wellness and provide access to care for students to stay healthy, safe, and ready to learn. We understand that a healthy lifestyle is key to your child’s overall well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement.

Services provided by school nurses include:

  1. Promotion of healthy life styles.
  2. Identify health concerns by observation and assessment of needs.
  3. Health care counseling or guidance to students, their family, and staff.
  4. Guidance in chronic disease management and assist with access to care in collaboration with
    community agencies and medical providers.
  5. Medication management.
  6. Immunization verification according to state guideline requirements.
  7. Screenings: vision, dental, hearing, height and weights

Is your child too ill to attend school?

Read these guidelines to help you decide.

New Vaccination Requirement for 7th and 12th Graders in 2017-2018
An administrative rule change by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Bureau of Immunization, REQUIRES MENINGOCOCCAL (A, C, W, Y) VACCINE FOR STUDENTS ENROLLING IN 7TH AND 12TH GRADES STARTING IN THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR in addition to other vaccination requirements. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW REQUIREMENTS
Flu Season is coming…
Along with the recommendation that all staff and students receive the flu vaccine, the Dubuque Community School District will start the implementation of not returning to school until free from fever (greater than or equal to 101 F), diarrhea or vomiting without the use of medications for 24 hours to help reduce the spread of germs that cause diarrhea, colds and influenza. In addition, we will be reminding staff and students of the importance of good handwashing.

Clean Hands Saves Lives
Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.

Learn more about when and how to wash your hands, the importance of using soap and water, and what you can do if soap and clean, running water are not available at: http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html

Whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or already sick, find out how good hand hygiene can protect you, your family, and others. See school recommendations for schools from the Iowa Department of Public Health for more information

Learn more about the Asthma-Friendly School Initiative!

Dubuque Community School District Health Services is implementing a District Wide Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative starting in the 2012-2013 school year. This initiative is based on the Toolkit by The American Lung Association. This guide provides the framework and tools to assist the schools in collaborating with the community to strengthen them to become more asthma-friendly to support the education of our children by keeping them healthy and ready to learn. For more, see the Asthma-Friendly School Toolkit.