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communicable and nuisance diseases; acts as a resource person for faculty and staff; acts as a liaison between home, school and community resources; makes referrals to appropriate community agencies; serves as liaison for recording and reporting child abuse to appropriate department of social services; maintenance of pupil health records; resource person for dental health care and administration of fluoride weekly in grades 1-6; and coordinates and implements the wellness program.

Student Insurance

Student health and accident insurance is available to students at the beginning of the school year.  Parents may purchase insurance for their children at their discretion.  Parents who would like more information about student health and accident insurance should contact the Principal's office.

Student athletes must have health and accident insurance in order to participate in intramural or extracurricular athletics.  Students must provide written proof of insurance prior to the start of the athletic activity.  A letter from the parents stating that the student is covered is adequate proof of insurance.  Student athletes, who do not have and cannot afford insurance, should contact their coach.

Communicable and Infectious Diseases

Students who have an infectious or communicable disease are allowed to attend school as long as they are able to do so and their presence does not pose an unreasonable risk of harm to themselves or does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees.  If there is a question about whether a student should continue to attend classes, the student shall not attend class or participate in school activities without their personal physician's approval.  Infectious or communicable diseases include, but are not limited to, mumps, measles and chicken pox.

Health Screening

Throughout the year, the school district sponsors health screening for vision, hearing, scoliosis and height and weight measurements.  Students are automatically screened unless the parent submits a note asking the student be excused from the screening.  The grade levels included in the screening are determined annually.  Parents are notified prior to the health screening.  However, upon a teacher's recommendation and with parental permission, students not scheduled for screening may also be screened.

Sexual Abuse and Harassment of Students by Employees

The school district does not tolerate employee’s physically or sexually abusing or harassing students.  Students who are physically or sexually abused or harassed by an employee should notify their Parents, Teacher, Principal or another employee.  The Iowa Department of Education has established a two-step procedure for investigating allegations of physical or sexual abuse of students by employees.  That procedure requires the school district to designate an independent investigator to look into the allegations.  The school district has designated David Lockridge at (898-2291) as its Level I investigator.  Linda Johnston, school nurse (898-2291), may also be contacted directly.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse includes, but is not limited to, sexual acts involving a student and intentional sexual behavior as well as sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of the student's education or benefits; submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting that student; or the conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a student's academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. * See- Initiation, Hazing, Bullying or Harassment -- & Harassment

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