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Absence Reporting Form

Students should remain home when sick. Students with any high risk symptom or two or more low risk symptoms should stay home and are advised to seek an evaluation by a health care provider.

High Risk Symptoms

  • New cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

Low Risk Symptoms (2 or more symptoms)

  • Fever 100.4
  • Headache
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Evaluation by Health Care Provider

Negative COVID-19 Test AND no close COVID-19 contacts:

  • Return to school after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) and symptoms improving.
  • Students testing negative for COVID-19 infection and who ARE close contacts of a confirmed case should continue to self-quarantine until 14 days after their last exposure to the confirmed case.

Alternative Diagnosis (From Healthcare Provider):

  • Return to school after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) and symptoms improving.

Positive COVID-19 Test:

  • Return to school after at least 10 days since symptoms started, and improving symptoms, and 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).
  • If people test positive for COVID-19 infection and never get sick (asymptomatic), assume that they could pass it to others from 10 days before they were tested until 10 days after they were tested. 

If your student has been sent home with symptoms consistent with possible COVID-19, they should self-isolate at home for a 10-day isolation period. 

To return to school BEFORE the 10-day isolation period they would need an ALTERNATIVE DIAGNOSIS from a healthcare provider OR a NEGATIVE COVID-19 test, and no close COVID-19 contact, and fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and with improved symptoms.  

If a student becomes ill while at school, the student must see the nurse for assessmentThe nurse records attendance for those who leave the building for illness during the school day. If a student does not go through the nurse, the absence will not be excused.

For specific medical concerns contact your building’s School Nurse listed below.

Iowa Student Immunization 

Annual Health History Form

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Dental Screening for Ninth Grade Students

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Allergy Action Plan

Optional Medical Insurance Brochure

For Ames High School Student medical and nursing questions, contact:
Monica Behning
Monica.Behning@ames.k12.ia.us

The following is the ACSD process for responding to a student/staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

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Shortly after midnight on May 20, 2021, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation (HF 847) into law that prohibits school districts from requiring masks to be worn at school.

The new law took effect immediately upon signing. Therefore, the district cannot require masks and they will be optional at school beginning TODAY, Thursday, May 20.

While we believe masks are still an essential part of our mitigation efforts to keep our staff and students safe, we can not require that they be worn. Due to a federal mandate, masks continue to be required when your child rides a school bus.

Many parents may choose to follow the CDC’s recommendations, and have their child continue to wear a mask at school until they are fully vaccinated. We urge students and families to show compassion towards each other no matter whether they elect to follow CDC-based guidance or this new state regulation.  

Resource from CDC on Federal Mandate on public transport including school busses. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/face-masks-public-transportation.html

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