Health Services

  • Our school nurses provide an essential resource to our students, families, and staff. What do they do each day? The list is long, but here are a few highlights:

    • Speak with families about positive COVID-19 cases.
    • Assess student health symptoms and determine if a student should remain at school, go home, and/or be seen by a physician.
    • Manage students' medication.
    • Provide health screenings and referrals to family health care providers.
    • Track student immunization requirements and coordinate other state health requirements.
    • Educate students on disease prevention and other general health topics.

    View Health Guidelines

    Human Growth and Development

    Parent/guardians may review human growth and development materials by contacting the school principal. Additionally, they may have their children removed from human growth and development instruction by providing a written request to the school principal.

  • Illness at School and When to Keep Your Child At Home

    School nurses play a critical role in maintaining the health and safety of schools. West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) collaborates with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Polk County Public Health Department (PCHD), and local health care professionals to provide guidelines that identify when it is safe for children to attend school.  


  • General Illness Guidelines

  • COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Communicating About Illness

  • Health Forms

    WDMCS requests examinations and medical reports annually of all preschoolers, kindergartners, third-graders, sixth-graders, and all new students. Health Services should also be notified if any student has a known health problem.

    Many of these forms are provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Health Screenings

  • Blood Lead Screening

  • Dental Screening

  • Hearing Screening

  • Vision Screening

Last Modified on February 13, 2024