Below is some information from school district Nurse, Mrs. Berentsen. If you have questions please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the health forms you may need to reference throughout the school year. Please feel free to print or save as needed.
If you have any questions regarding the Health Department at Riceville Community School District, please contact the District Nurse, Michelle Berentsen at email@example.com
Students may need to take prescription and or non-prescription medications during the school hours. Medications will be held in a locked cabinet and distributed by the school nurse or medication certified personnel in case of her absence. Prescription medication must be in its original container and have a label from the pharmacy that includes: name of medication, name of student, dosage times and duration. This includes inhalers, ointments and drops. Parents must bring the medication to the nurse and will be required to sign a request for medication form.
When the prescription medication is finished, the parents will be called to obtain a refill from their pharmacy. The empty bottle will be discarded at the school after all labels are removed.
Over The Counter Medications (OTC):
Your child may receive some over the counter medications at school through the nurse or other med-certified personnel at their discretion. The “HEALTH INFORMATION’” form, sent out to parents at the start of every school year must be filled out & returned before ANY medications may be administered.
Students will have 3 annual screenings: Hearing, Dental and Vision. Hearing screens are performed annually to kindergarten, first and second grade in the fall. Seventh graders are screened in February, in addition to any newly enrolled students. AEA will directly mail results to parent/guardian if further follow up is needed.
Dental screens are mandated for kindergarten and freshmen. These dental screens need to be done prior to the start of school. Freshmen that do not have a completed screen done, a Dental Hygienist from the VNA will come to RCSD to perform them.
Vision testing is done annually on 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade students. Notices will be sent home or e-mailed to parents of students who do not pass.
Any parent or teacher can request to have their child screened at any time.
Human Growth and Development:
The school district provides students with instruction in human growth and development. Parents may review the human growth and development curriculum prior to its use and have their child excused from human growth and development instruction. Parents should contact the School Nurse (641-985-2288) if they wish to review the curriculum or to excuse their child from human growth and development instruction.
Health Education (School Board Policy – 603.8A)
Students in grade levels one through twelve shall receive, as part of their health education, instruction about personal health, food and nutrition, environmental health, safety and survival skills, consumer health, family life, substance use and non-use, including the effects of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and poisons on the human body, emotional and social health, health resources, prevention and control of disease, including characteristics of communicable disease. Beginning no later than in grade seven, characteristics of communicable disease shall include information about sexually transmitted diseases. Parents who object to health education instruction in human growth and development may file a written request that the pupil be excused from the instruction. The written request shall include a proposed alternative activity or study acceptable to the superintendent. The superintendent shall have the final authority to determine the alternate activity or study.