Waukee Community School District - Committed to Excellence, Dedicated to Quality
Waukee High School

555 Southeast University Avenue • Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5163 • Fax 515.987.2784 • Attendance 515.987.2781
Health Information


Whooping Cough

Reyes Syndrome

Medicine Containing Aspirin



Dismissal Procedure

Parent Responsiblility

Activity Participation

Student Medication

Medication Administration

Accidents and Illness at School


Head Lice

Communicable Disease Chart


Communicable Disease Chart


*Immunization is available

Usual Interval Between Exposure and Final Symptoms of Disease

Main Symptoms

Minimum Exclusion From School

*Chicken Pox

13-17 days

Mild symptoms and fever Pocks are "blistery" have scabs, most on covered parts of body

5 days from onset of pocks or until pocks become dry

Common Cold

12-72 hours

Sneezing, temperature, malaise, cough


(pink eye)

24-72 hours

Tearing, redness & puffy eye lids

Eye discharge

Until treatment begins or physician approves readmission

Fifth Disease

4-20 days

unusual in adults

Usual age 5 to 14 years

Low grade fever followed by slapped cheek appearance on cheek

A hot like rash on extremities lasting a few days to 5 weeks Rash seems to reappear

After diagnosis no exclusion from school

*German Measles

14-21 days

Usually mild

Enlarged glands, neck & behind ears, red rash

7 days from onset of rash.

Keep away from pregnant women

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

3-5 days

Rash on cheeks, gums & tongue

May also occur on palms, fingers & soles of feet

During acute stage of illness or as advised

*Haemophilius Meningitis

2-4 days

Fever, vomiting, lethargy, stiff neck & back

Until physician permits return

*Hepatitis A

Variable 15-50 days

Abdominal pain, nausea, usually fever, eyes & skin may turn yellow

7 days from onset of symptoms


4-10 days

Inflamed sores, with pus

Cover lesions when attending school


3-7 days to rash

Begins with fever, conjuncivitus runny nose, cough, then blotchy red rash

4 days from onset

*Meningococcal Meningitis

2-10 days

(commonly 3-4 days)

Headache, nausea, stiff neck, fever

Antibiotics for 24 hours or until physician permits return


12-25 days

(commonly 18 days)

Fever, swelling & tenderness of glands at angle of jaw

9 days after onset of swollen glands or until swelling disappears


(Head/Body Lice)

7 days for eggs hatch

Lice & nits (eggs) in hair


Ringworm of Scalp

10-14 days

Scaly patch, usually ring shaped, on scalp

No exclusion from school. Exclude from gymnasium, swimming pools, contact sports


2-6 weeks initial exposure: 1-4 days re-exposure

Tiny burrows in skin caused by mites

After first treatment

Scarlet Fever


1-3 days

Sudden onset, vomiting, sore

24 hours after antibiotics started and no fever

Strep Throat

1-3 days

Fever, later fine rash (not on face). Rash usually only with first infection

*Whooping Cough

6-20 days

Head cold, slight fever, cough, characteristic whoop after about 2 weeks

5 days after start of antibiotic treatment

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Students with the following symptoms will be sent home:

1) Temperature of 100 degrees of above (oral) or equivalent

2) Vomiting (free from vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school)

3) Diarrhea (free from for 24 hours before returning to school)

4) Unexplained abdominal pain

5) Severe cold and/or cough

6) Unexplained skin eruptions or rash

7) Swelling, redness, tenderness, discharge of eyes (requires a doctor's diagnosis and treatment, if needed, or until symptoms are gone)

8) Communicable disease (requires a doctor's diagnosis and treatment, if needed, or until symptoms are gone).

9) Any health condition that in the nurse's judgment is of concern for the child's or other's health.

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1) Parents or their designee must be notified before a student is allowed to leave school.

2) Transportation will be approved or arranged by the parent or designee.

3) Teacher and/or office staff will be notified.

4) Parent or designee will sign student out in the office area.

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1) Parents will be responsible for communicating information of the classroom teacher or the office staff regarding illnesses, accidents, medication, P.E. restriction, communicable diseases, treatments or pertinent medical and dental information.

2) Parents are also responsible for informing the school of any changes of information on the Health and Emergency cards.

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In the event that a student returns to school after an injury or illness, and is unable to participate in physical education or recess, parents are requested to provide a written excuse and if necessary a detailed doctor's note releasing the student from restricted or full participation in these activities.


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It is strongly recommended, in the best interest of your child, that parents should bring their child's medication to school rather than send it with their child in his/her book bag. This applies only to those medications that are categorized "controlled substances" such as Ritalin (methylphenidate), Dexadrine, etc.


We realize that this may cause some inconvenience for you, but if you would contact the school nurse or health associate, hopefully we can make arrangements that will be workable for you.


If you already practice this safety measure, we thank you for your cooperation!


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If medication is to be administered at school, a school form must be filled out and signed by the parent/guardian. A copy of this form is found in this available in your school handbook. Additional forms may be obtained at the school health office. The medication must be in the original container which is labeled by the pharmacy or the manufacturer with the name of the student, name of the medication, time of day which it is to be given, dosage and duration. Over-the-counter medication as provided by parent/guardian such as acetominophen, ibuprofen, cough drops, etc. requires a parent/guardians written permission and must be brought in the original labeled container with specific directions.

The school nurse or health associate may determine that an over-the-counter medication--including food supplements and herbals, ordered by a parent, could be detrimental to the student, and thus may refuse to administer it.


A written record of the medication administration will be kept for each student receiving medication, including : date; student's name; prescriber or person authorizing the administration; the medication and dosage; signature of the person administering the medication administration time and method and any unusual circumstances, action or omissions.


Medication will be stored in a secured area unless an alternate provision is documented.


Only the school nurse or employee who has successfully completed the medication administration course reviewed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners shall have access to the medication. Students may carry medication only with the approval of the parents, and building principal of the student's attendance center.


All information relating to a student's medication including record of administration shall be kept confidential.


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In case a student has an accident or is seriously ill while at school, every attempt will be made to notify the parent, guardian, or designee. If all are unavailable, your child's physician (or dentist if a dental injury) would be contacted for instructions. If that person is unavailable, the school will make whatever arrangements seem necessary, including ambulance transportation to the emergency room if required. Thus it is important that the information on the emergency sheet filled out at registration is accurate and as complete as possible. Parents should notify the school of any change in information contained on this sheet (ie: cell phone numbers, home phone numbers, work phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc.)

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A student enrolling for the first time in a school in the district shall submit a certificate of immunization in compliance with the Iowa school immunization law. As this Iowa Immunization law is revised, all students kindergarten through twelfth grade, must update any required immunizations. students may be exempted from this requirement for medical or religious reasons as outlined in the Iowa Code.

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Current Recommendations for Dealing with Head Lice

Iowa Department of Public Health 

Head lice are a major problem, especially in young children, in both Iowa and in the rest of the country. Field studies of outbreaks indicate that the community is the major site of transmission. Thus, persistent lice in school-aged children usually reflects a community-wide problem, not necessarily just a school-based outbreak.

Cases of head lice are to be managed on an individual basis. Parents are requested to check young children regularly (weekly). This can be done more thoroughly and frequently than it can be done at school. Parents should assume that lice are present in schools all year.

Ideally, treatment consists of two parts. The first part should be seen as a two-week process of daily use of an ordinary shampoo followed by a cream rinse conditioner, along with combing the wet hair with a fine-tooth, regular comb and frequently cleaning the comb on a paper towel between strokes to remove scalp debris and lice. Additional combing with a dandruff or nit comb would be helpful but is not absolutely necessary.

The second part involves the use of therapeutic shampoos which should be used according to label instructions or from recommendations made by a physician or pharmacist. For instance, therapeutic (medicated) shampoos should be utilized on days 1 and 7; and ordinary shampoos followed by cream rinse condition and wet combing on all days (1-14). Efforts at fine tooth combing of wet hair are very important. Wet lice are sluggish and easy to comb out. During the two-week period, the crawling lice forms should decrease in number and size, reflecting progress toward effective treatment. Cutting the hair facilitates combing efforts and is encouraged.

Finally, the role of nits should be de-emphasized as well. While it would be nice to comb out every nit, this is not always practical. If the above treatment is pursued, however, the live nits are taken care of as they hatch. Nits (egg cases) that are more than 1/4 inch from the scalp have either hatched or are no longer alive.

While the recommended approach to individual treatment is being expanded into a two-week process, the department recommends only minimal attention to environmental areas. This includes laundry of pillow cases, bed linen and clothing worn by the child on the day of diagnosis. Other major cleaning efforts, such as environmental sprays, can be omitted.

At the time of its first recognition in a child, a parent or other adult should screen all household members for the presence of lice, allowing for treatment of all cases in a household at one time. Stopping the ping-pong nature of transmission within households and between neighborhood playmates is much more important in continued transmission than environmental sources at home or school. Lice prefer warm temperatures and want to stay on the body.

Following these guidelines, will result in decreased lice incidence but will not eliminate it entirely.

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Dedicated to optimizing individual learning and potential for success in a global community

The Waukee Community School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability in its educational programs, activities or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Inquiries regarding compliance with these policies may be directed to Duane Magee, Waukee Community School District, 560 SE University, Waukee, IA  50263; or to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Des Moines, Iowa; or to the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Chicago, Illinois. The Waukee Community School District complaint procedure in its entirety is located in the Board of Directors’ Policy Manual.  Procedures for staff are outlined in Board policy 405.5. Procedures for parents, students and community members are referred to in Board policy 502.9 and 1003.3.  Copies of the Policy Manual are located in each Principal’s office, the Administrative Office, the Waukee Public Library and the District’s website, http://www.waukee.k12.ia.us. Disclaimer