Policy 504:   Student Health and Safety Regulations

504.1 Health Certificates
Students enrolling for the first time in the school district will also submit a Certificate of Immunization against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubeola, rubella, and other immunizations required by law. The student may be admitted conditionally to the attendance center if the student has not yet completed the immunization process but is in the process of doing so. Failure to meet the immunization requirement will be grounds for suspension, expulsion or denial of admission.

Exemptions from the immunization requirement in this policy will be allowed only for medical or religious reasons recognized under the law. The student must provide a valid Iowa State Department of Health Certificate of Immunization Exemption to be exempt from this policy.

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 13A.8; 280.13 (2009). 281 I.A.C. 33.5. 641 I.A.C. 7.

Adopted: January 23, 1973

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; January 13, 1997; December 13, 1999; January 9, 2006; July 12, 2010; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended: March 9, 1992; February 12, 1997; January 10, 2000;
 
 
 
504.2 Exclusion for Communicable Diseases
Students with contagious diseases are to be excluded from school for the period of time that their condition may endanger the health of others. A signed permit from a doctor may be required for re-entry if so designated by the Superintendent of Schools.
Date of Adoption: January 23, 1973
 
Reviewed: March 9, 1992; Dec. 16, 1996; Dec. 3, 2001; Jan. 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014
Amended:
 

 

504.3 Student Illness or Injury at School
When a student becomes ill or is injured at school, the school district shall attempt to notify the student's parents or guardian as soon as possible.

The school district, while not responsible for medical treatment of an ill or injured student, will have the supervising employee administer first aid. An ill or injured child will be turned over to the care of the parents or qualified medical employees as quickly as possible.

When a student is injured, it shall be the responsibility of the principal to file an accident report with the superintendent's office within twenty-four (24) hours.

Annually, parents shall be required to complete a medical emergency authorization form for their child.

The superintendent shall be responsible, in conjunction with the school nurse, to develop rules and regulations governing the procedure should a student become ill or be injured at school.

Date of Adoption: February 10, 1976

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 16, 1996; January 13, 1997; Dec. 3, 2001; Jan. 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended: July 14, 1982; June 9, 1986; March 9, 1992; February 12, 1997
 
 
 
504.4 Administration of Medication at School
 

Students may be required to take medication during the school day. Written and signed authorization from the prescribing medical practitioner is required for all prescription medications and must include the name of the student, name of the medication, the dose of the medication to be administered, the time of day to be administered, and the indication for the medication.

Written and signed authorization from the parent is required for all prescription and non-prescription medications and must include the name of the student, name of medication, dose to be administered, time of day to be administered, and the indication for the medication to be administered.

All prescription medications must be brought to the school by the parent in the original bottle from the pharmacy with the name of the student, name of medication, dose of the medication, time of day to be administered and route of administration written on the label.  All non-prescription medications must be brought to the school in the original container by the parent.   A record of administration will be kept for each child receiving medication.  If the school nurse is not in the building when the medication is to be administered, it shall be administered by school personnel who have successfully completed a medication administration course approved by the Board of Pharmacy Examiners.

Medication on school premises shall be kept in a locked container in a limited access storage space.  Only appropriate personnel shall have access to the locked container.  The Superintendent shall be responsible, in conjunction with the school nurse, to develop rules and regulations governing the administration of medication, prescription and non-prescription, to students.  Students and parents shall be provided with the requirements for administration of medication by the school annually.

Sharing of prescription or over the counter medications with other students is prohibited.  Students  sharing medications will be subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension and expulsion.

Legal Reference:  Chapter 655 IAC=Iowa Administrative Code

Date of Adoption:  February 10, 1976

Reviewed:  June 10, 1991; March 9, 1992; January 13, 1997; December 3, 2001; Jan. 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended:  June 9, 1986; June 10, 1991; February 12, 1997; March 8, 2010; July 12, 2013

 
 
 
504.4A Self-Administration of Asthma Medication
In accordance with Iowa Code 280.16, students may possess and self-administer asthma and/or airway constricting disease medications at school. These include metered dose inhalers and dry powder inhalers.

Parents(s)/guardians must complete an annual written consent form and provide a written statement from the student’s physician containing the name and purpose of the medication, the prescribed dosage, and the times or special circumstances in which the medication is to be administered. The consent form will be kept on file in the office of the school nurse. Authorization must be renewed annually. If any changes occur in medication, dosage, or time of administration, the parent/guardian is to notify school officials immediately.

If the student abuses the self-administration policy, the ability to self-administer may be withdrawn by the school and/or discipline may be imposed.

Pursuant to state law, the school district and its employees are to incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of any injury arising from self-administration of medication by the student. The parent or guardian of the student will sign a statement acknowledging that the school district is to incur no liability, except for gross negligence, as a result of self-administration of medication by the student as established by Iowa Code 280.16.

The school district and its employees acting reasonably and in good faith will incur no liability for any improper use of medication as defined in Iowa Code section 280.16 or supervision, monitoring, or interfering with a student’s self-administration of medication as defined in said section.

Date of Adoption: July 12, 2010

Reviewed:  Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Revised:
 
 
 
504.5 Use of Motor Vehicles
Rules and regulations concerning student-driven vehicles in addition to state motor vehicle laws may be established by the building principal.
 

Date of Adoption: January 23, 1973

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 3, 2001; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended:

 

504.6 School Closings and Delays
Buses will not operate when weather conditions due to fog, rain, snow or other natural elements make it unsafe to do so. Because weather conditions may vary around the district and may change quickly, the best judgment will be used that is possible with the information available.

The final judgment as to when conditions are unsafe to operate will be made by the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent will be assisted by the Director of Transportation and the actual "on location" decisions and reports of the drivers.

Several drivers each year will be specially designated to report weather and road conditions by bus radio on any day when requested to do so. Other drivers and students will be notified by commercial radio when school is canceled or temporarily delayed. It may be possible that on some occasions the entire district may not be affected by delays when weather conditions may vary in different locations. When school is canceled because of weather anywhere in the district, all schools will be closed.

Snow routes will be established yearly by the Director of Transportation and will be used when deemed necessary by the Superintendent or designee.

Date of Adoption: November 11, 1980

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 3, 2001; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014
 
Amended:

 

504.7 Student Insurance, General
An all-pupil insurance program may be offered to the parents of pupils in the district. The Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Superintendent shall select an insurance company to issue such policies for all schools in the district.

The purchase of pupil insurance shall be voluntary with the entire cost being paid by the student or the student's parents.

Date of Adoption: January 23, 1973

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 3, 2001; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended:

 

504.8 Student Insurance, Athletic
The Board of Directors strongly recommends that a student participating in interscholastic athletics be adequately insured. A policy from an insurance company recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the Board may be obtained through the school.

If a parent wishes the child to participate without insurance, the parent must submit a written statement accepting full responsibility.

Date of Adoption: January 23, 1973

Reviewed: March 9, 1992; December 3, 2001; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014
 
Amended:
 
 
 
504.9 Special Health Services
The board recognizes that some special education students need special health services during the school day. These students will receive special health services in conjunction with their individualized education program.

The superintendent, in conjunction with licensed health personnel, will establish administrative regulations for the implementation of this policy.

Legal Reference: Board of Education v. Rowley, 458 U.S. 176 (1982). Springdale School District #50 v. Grace, 693 F.2d 41 (8th Cir. 1982). Southeast Warren Comm. School District v. Dept. of Public Instruction, 285 N.W.2d 173 (Iowa 1979); 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400 et seq. (1994). 34 C.F.R. Pt. 300 et seq. (2002); Iowa Code §§ 256.11(7); 256B; 273.2, .5, .9(2)-(3); 280.8 (2005); 281 I.A.C. 12.3(7), 41.96
 
Date of Adoption: March 13, 2006

Reviewed:  Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended: