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Iowa School Health Requirements for upcoming 2020-2021 School Year
Iowa School Health Requirements for upcoming 2020-2021 School Year
Morgan Daniels
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Iowa School Health Requirements for upcoming 2020-2021 School Year:

You should be getting ready to schedule appointments for your student for their wellness/kindergarten physicals for the upcoming school year.  The following is intended as a guide to help ensure your student is ready for a healthy start to the new school year.

Please note students MUST be current all Immunizations prior to starting school.

Kindergarten

Iowa Immunization Requirements  - An immunization record is required to enroll pursuant to Iowa Department of Public Health [IDPH] 641 Chapter 7. The school nurse collaborates with local public health, whom audits admitting official’s compliance with IAC 641 Chapter 7.

Your child is expected to have the required immunizations prior to attending their first day of school. You can go one line https://idph.iowa.gov/immtb/immunization/laws to view the required immunizations for Iowa schools. This proof of immunization, or a physician signed medical exemption, or notarized religious exemption is required to prevent exclusion from school for required immunizations.

Dental Screening Requirement - All children enrolled are required to have a dental screening pursuant to IDPH 641 Chapter 51. The school nurse collaborates with regional public health designee, I-Smile Coordinators, whom audit the admitting school official’s compliance with IAC 641 Chapter 51.

Vision Screening Requirements - Children's Vision and Learning. According to the American Optometric Association, up to 80 percent of a child's learning in school is through vision.

Each public or accredited nonpublic school shall forward to the Iowa Department of Public Health evidence of each Kindergartner’s valid vision screening performed no earlier than 1 year prior to enrollment and no more than 6 months after the date of the child’s enrollment. Attached is a vision card you may take to your child’s healthcare provider or eye care provider to complete.

Mandatory Lead Test~ All children enrolling are required to have at least one lead test. The school nurse collaborates with school personnel to complete a Kindergarten excel spreadsheet containing enrolling student demographic information that is returned by email to IDPH that is compared to the state Lead database. IDPH will audit the list of enrolling students and return to the school a list of students whom did not meet the requirement and school admitting official’s compliance with IAC 641 Chapter 67. The link includes the spreadsheet, instructions for data entry, administrative rules, certificate for exemption, and parent resources.

3rd Grade:

Vision Screening Requirements: Each public or accredited nonpublic school shall forward to the Iowa Department of Public Health evidence of each Third Grader’s valid vision screening performed no earlier than 1 year prior to enrollment and no more than 6 months after the date of the child’s enrollment. 

According to the American Optometric Association, up to 80 percent of a child’s learning in school is through vision.

Although dental screenings are not required/State mandated for third grade it is important for your child’s health and wellbeing to see a dentist annually if not every 6 months for exam and cleaning.

7th Grade:

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccination Requirement: Beginning the 2013-2014 school year and thereafter, students entering 7th grade and above if born on or after September 15, 2000, shall have a one-time dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

Meningococcal Secondary School Vaccination Requirement: Beginning the 2017-2018 school year and thereafter, Students entering 7th grade born on or after September 15, 2004 shall have one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (A,C,W,Y). There is no provisional period to implement this requirement.

9th Grade:

Dental Screening Requirement: All children enrolled in ninth grade are required to have a dental screening pursuant to IDPH 641 Chapter 51. The school nurse collaborates with regional public health designees, I-Smile Coordinators, whom audit the admitting school official’s compliance with IAC 641 Chapter 51.To access the certificate of dental screening form, exemption form, dental screening flyer, and link to find your community’s regional I smile Coordinator go to: https://idph.iowa.gov/ohds/school-screenings.

 12th Grade:

Meningococcal Secondary School Vaccination Requirement: Beginning the 2017-2018 school year and thereafter, students entering 12th grade born on or after September 15, 1999 shall have two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (A,C,W,Y); or 1 dose if  one dose was previously received when the student was sixteen years of age or older.  There is no provisional period to implement this requirement if the student has received no meningococcal conjugate vaccine.