Health Services

The 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 while providing 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.

Illness Guidelines

Staying home when ill is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of all illnesses, including COVID-19. The district has returned to its normal illness guidelines, and individuals with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher should always stay home until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and should be free of vomiting or diarrhea before returning to work.

For more guidelines, also see:
Is your child too ill to attend school?

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be instructed to self-isolate for at least 5 calendar days following the onset of symptoms. (Day 0 is the first day of symptoms.)

Individuals may return to school on day 6 if they are fever free (less than 100.4 F) without the use of fever-reducing medication and with improving symptoms. It is recommended they should wear a mask in public spaces for days 6 through 10.

Don’t Let the Flu Bug You!

Flu bug graphicAlong 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 100.4 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 hand washing.


Hannah Porcic
Lead Nurse

  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.