Students are sent to the health office if they are injured or appear ill. An attempt will be made to understand the student's complaint. This may include asking the student some questions about how he/she feels, taking a temperature, making observations, talking to the teacher, and contacting the school nurse. If the student's temperature is 100 F. or over, the parent/guardian will be called and the student will be sent home. The student should be fever free without fever reducing medication before returning to school. Temperature is not the only symptom that influences the decision to send the student home; general appearance and functioning are important factors. After a period of observation a decision will be made to do one of the following:

  1. Call the parent/guardian. 
  2. Allow the student to rest in the health office for a brief period. 
  3. Return the student to classroom instruction.

Parents will also be notified of injuries which appear to require close observation or medical attention.


School District policy states: "Only medication prescribed a legal prescriber shall be administered during the time the student is at school. Written authorization and instructions shall be provided by the parent or legal guardian. The school shall have the right to contact the prescriber’s office to confirm or clarify mediation instruction. All medications shall be supplied to the school in the original container, properly labeled, and shall be administered only by the school nurse or authorized personnel. A health care provider’s signature is required before non-prescription over the counter medications will be given, with the exceptions of pain relievers, Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen (see below).  All medications must be kept in the health office unless the school nurse authorized otherwise. Medication Permission Forms are available in the health office or click the link for Word or PDF form.

We are pleased to share the news that the School Board has approved a new medication policy that will allow Middle and High School students to receive limited doses of over the counter pain relief medication at school without a health care provider’s signature. Parent signature will still be required.

  1. The following pain relievers will be available in the health office for administration of age appropriate doses in the middle and high school health offices in treatment of headache, menstrual cramps, and dental pain only.

         a.       Acetaminophen – (e.g. Tylenol) 325 mg

         b.      Ibuprofen – (e.g. Motrin) 200 mg

  1. Written parent/guardian permission will be required before pain relief medications will be administered. Permission forms are available for download on the district website, under health services, or on your school’s website (click the link for Word or PDF form).Paper copies are available at your school’s health office. 
  1. School supplied pain relief medications will be offered only after the need to medicate has been made according to written protocols, which school health secretaries will review before administering the pain relief medication.
  1. Only one dose of school supplied pain relief medication will be given per day. Only 5 doses per school year. If another dose is requested by the student in the same day, the school nurse and parent will be notified. Once a student has received 5 doses, parents will be notified and a health care provider’s signature will be required to receive further doses and the student will be required to have their own supply of medication.

Disposal of Prescription Meds

Drug drop boxes are available that allow citizens the opportunity to deposit unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications.  The box will be checked daily and the contents will be collected and prepared for disposal that is eco-friendly and in accordance with Federal and State laws. This program not only helps to protect the environment, it can also deter the usage of prescription drugs by unintended parties – including young people facing peer pressure and new ways to “get high.”

Here are the available locations:

  1. CR Police Department

  2. Marion Police Department

  3. Hiawatha Police Department

  4. Linn County Sheriff’s Department


Hearing Screening: 

Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA) screens all students in Alternative Kindergarten (AK), kindergarten, and grades 1, 2, and 5. Students in the Early Learning Program with IEP’s will be screened.  Students in grades 3, 4, middle, and high school who are new to the school and some students with a history of known hearing loss will also be tested.  Follow up testing may occur periodically if previous hearing test results were not within normal limits. Parent/guardians not wishing their child’s hearing tested should notify the health office in writing at the beginning of the year.  Parents/guardians with concerns about their child’s hearing should contact the school nurse

Health Information

The Iowa Department of Public Health has released new immunization requirements for the 2017-18 school year.

All students enrolling in 7th grade must meet the following guideline PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:

  • 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine

  • 1 dose of Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis)


    There will be NO grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement per Iowa immunization rules. 

    Your student will not be able to attend classes August 23 if they haven’t received the vaccination.

    This immunization can be received at your physician office or Linn County Public Health department (319-892-6000).  Walk-in clinics do not provide this vaccination.

    Parents can provide proof of immunization to the Harding Health Office by sending proof of immunization via mail, fax, email or drop off records to the health office

    For more information on the new meningitis vaccine requirement and for other school vaccine information visit Linn County Health or Iowa Dept. of Health or contact your school nurse.