Student Health Conditions
The following Department webpages provide additional information to school nurses:
Allergies – Allergic reactions can be life threatening and have far-reaching effects on learners and their families, as well as on the schools and school related programs where the student attends. School professionals (e.g. educators, school nurse, food service director, and parents) as a team collaborate to identify student needs as appropriate to provide the student with an allergy safe and healthy school environment. Schools and school sponsored programs should develop plans for preventing an allergic reaction and responding to an allergy emergency. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published national comprehensive guidelines: Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs.
- Diet Modification Request Form – Iowa Department of Education
- The Food Allergy Book: What School Employees Need to Know
- Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAI)
Asthma – School nurses collaborate in a team approach to assist students managing their chronic health condition. Resources, training, tools, and guidance are available in managing asthma at school:
- Asthma Basics Training for school nurses and professionals
- Asthma guidelines and strategies in schools
- Create an Asthma Action Plan
- Resources and tools list
Concussion and Other Brain Injuries – Iowa passed “Concerning the Protection of Students from Concussions and Other Brain Injuries” statute in 2011 addressing participation in extracurricular interscholastic activity. Students may also present to school with symptoms of brain injury or concussions occurring outside of extracurricular interscholastic activities. Below are resources regarding the statute:
- Concussion and Other Brain Injury Statute
- Concussion and Other Brain Injury Administrative Rules
- Brain Injury Quick Guide For Teachers and School Staff
- CDC Concussion Resources and 30-minute Training
- IHSAA Sports Medicine and Wellness Concussion Resources and 20-minute Training
- Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Brain Injury Resources
- Brain Injury Tote Bag - Brain Injury Alliance Iowa
- Concussion Management Guidelines for Iowa Schools
Diabetes – School nurses collaborate in a team approach to assisting students managing their chronic health condition. Resources, student education, and guidance is available for school nurses:
- Managing Diabetes at School (CDC)
- American Diabetes Association 4th Grade Diabetes Buster Educational Program Resource
- Helping The Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel
Head Lice Prevention and Control for Schools – The Iowa Department of Public Health has recommendation available to schools concerning head lice. Additional educational resources and fact sheets are available to school personal and parents.
Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Conditions in Iowa Schools – Iowa places a high priority on the prevention and management of life threatening chronic conditions in schools.
Influenza and Absenteeism Reporting – School nurses collaborate with the Iowa Department of Public Health, Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology [CADE], to report when 10% of a building’s population is absent related to student health status and as identified school sentinel reporting sites. Information for schools on influenza, guidance for school cleaning, information forms for parents and school staff, and absenteeism reporting forms and influenza resources are available for school nurses.
Mental Health – Infant and Childhood mental health reflects both the social-emotional capacities, learning ability, and primary relationships in children from birth to adolescence. Mental health, a part of physical health, is a state of well-being where an individual realizes his or her abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life, and can work productively. Mental health is also the ability of the learner to contribute to his or her social, emotional, and academic success in their learning environment. Mental health encompasses behavioral, emotional, neuro-developmental, psychiatric, psychological and substance abuse issues, as well as family and community issues that can contribute to this condition and the somatic manifestations of mental health issues. School nurses collaborate and provide resources for learners, school personnel, and families regarding mental health needs to promote safe, supportive school environments:
- National Alliance of Mental Illness Greater Des Moines School Resources
- Iowa Department of Public Health State Resources for Adolescents
- Iowa Early Childhood Mental Health Resources and Links
Seizure Disorders – School nurses play an important role in recognizing and managing seizures at school. Trainings are available for school personnel, school nurses, and resources for school staff.