Even though the school year may be starting online for most students, school nurses continue to be dedicated to the health and well-being of the DMPS community, not only in response to COVID-19 but continuing the support they provide to students and their families year-in and year-out.
As classes resume on September 8, nurses will be back in our school buildings, including nine sites that offer all-day daycare. One key role for nurses this year will be to make sure other school and district staff are aware of and following polices and procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, nurses will work with families on issues ranging from immunizations to the needs for students with IEP and 504 plans.
Finally, just as the school year is beginning virtually, some areas of health care have moved online. School nurses will be available to connect with students and families via telehealth to assist with meeting some needs typically handled during a regular school day.
Remember, one of the main advantages to virtual learning is that learning can go uninterrupted during mild illness. Which leads us to this year’s main theme — Stay Home if You are Sick!
This web page will include various forms and information from our school nurses related to COVID-19 and other health issues.
- COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines for Parents
- COVID-19 Resources for Students (via Polk County Health Department)
- Helping Kids Wear a Face Mask (via UnityPoint)
- School Attendance Guidance for Parents
- Symptoms of COVID 19 Compared to Other Illnesses
- Symptom Screening Tool for Students
- Asthma Guidance During COVID 19 Pandemic
- Allergy Asthma Action Plan (English)
- Allergy Asthma Action Plan (Spanish)