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Student Health

The 2020-2021 school year is going to look a bit different than in the past. We realize these changes will pose more challenges to our students, staff, and families. Please review the following information and also share with your student(s).

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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 assessment. The nurse will determine if the student needs to go home and will contact the student’s parents. Unless the nurse recommends that the student go home, the student’s absence will be unexcused.

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

Iowa Student Immunization

Mandatory Blood Lead Screening for Kindergarten

Annual Elementary Health History Form

Vision Screening for Kindergarten 

Dental Screening for Kindergarten

Medication Permission Form

Allergy Action Plan

Optional Medical Insurance Brochure

School Nurse Kate Hardy (kate.hardy@ames.k12.ia.us).

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