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.
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.
- Clive Learning Academy — 633-5806
- Crestview School of Inquiry — Jennifer Anderson, 633-5704
- Crossroads Park Elementary — Emily Budahn and Nadia Narayan, 633-5615
- Fairmeadows Elementary — Stacie Walther, 633-6505
- Hillside Elementary — Allison Line and Emily Boettcher, 633-6241
- Jordan Creek Elementary — Courtnay Murphy, 633-5223
- Learning Resource Center (PK) — Roberta Malloy, 633-6404
- Western Hills Elementary — Katherine Thomas, 633-5907
- Westridge Elementary — Anna Shull and Julie Galloway, 633-5423
- Indian Hills Junior High — Mary MacAlpine, 633-4714
- Stilwell Junior High — Liz Horn, 633-6013
- Valley Southwoods Freshman High School — Jackie Dewater, 633-4521
- Valley High School — Bridget Jacobson and Heather Strang, 633-4007
- Walnut Creek Campus — Roberta Malloy, 633-6404
Laura Mears, Manager of Blank Nurses at WDMCS
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.
When to Stay or Go Home
General Illness Guidelines
Communicating About Illness
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).