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Immunization and Screening Requirement Letters for the 2017-2018 School Year


Dee Benda and Kathy Lohf share the nursing duties at North Tama.

Parents should contact Bev Colvin (Elementary, ext 155), Trish Kennedy (Secondary, ext 210) or Suzanne Earley (Central Office, ext 153) by phone at 478-2265 as soon as possible each morning if their student is going to be absent for illness or any other reason.

Parents, if you are at work before your children leave for school, please leave a phone number with them so then can contact you in case they are not feeling well before they leave for school or get on the school bus.

Please notify the school if your phone number changes.

Medication at School

We cannot give medication at school without all of the following: 

  1. All medication, including over-the-counter drugs and inhalers must be prescribed by a physician, osteopathic physician or dentist and left in its original container. Self-administration of medication for students with asthma or other airway disease is allowed under the following guidelines. It is the provider and parent who will decide if the student is capable of carrying and using his/her inhaler. The school must have a written statement from the physician, indicating the need for the inhaler and permission to carry the inhaler at all times. The school must also have a written consent from the parent for the student to carry their inhaler at all times. The inhaler must have a prescription label on the inhaler itself, not the box. Students who fail to comply with the self-administration or abuse the privilege can by law, have the privilege to carry an inhaler revoked. Authorization is reviewed annually. If changes occur in the medication dosage or time of administration, the parent is to notify school officials immediately. Both parental and physician consent forms are located on the school website for your convenience. 
  2. Send only amount needed to take while at school, usually pharmacists will provide an extra bottle when requested. 
  3. A signed permission slip from the parents stating why they are taking the medication and how long they are to receive it must accompany the medication. Consent forms are located on the school website. 
  4. A signed permission slip from the doctor/dentist must accompany the medication even if the student has been on the medication the previous school year. 
  5. Medication that is prescribed 3 times a day or less does not need to be given during the school day. We prefer, if it’s okay with your physician, that this medication be given before school, immediately after school, and at bedtime. 

Medication Authorization Form


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Illness Guidelines

A child should not be sent to school if they are not feeling well and cannot participate comfortably in school activities. Keep them at home if they have: 

  • Constant coughing 
  • Earache or severe headache 
  • Fever (oral temperature of 100 or above). 
  • An acute cold. 
  • Communicable diseases. 
  • Mattering or inflammation of eyes. 
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. 
  • Nits or lice 
  • Rash; until physician has determined it is not a communicable disease. 

Parents whose children contract a communicable disease are requested to contact the school immediately. 
Parents should utilize the following guide as an aid in determining when their child is ready to return to school. 

  1. Fever has been absent for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications. 
  2. Nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea has subsided for 24 hours. 
  3. Stage or contagion for specific communicable disease has passed. Call Dr. or school nurse if unsure. 
  4. Child has been under a doctor's care and has been given permission for the child to return to school. 
  5. The child who is well enough to come to school is well enough to go outside. The only exception is a doctor’s excuse.