Monthly Health Tips //

Are you getting enough sleep?

Many of our students have become more active now that they are back in school, so getting enough sleep at night is extremely important. Most young people need 8 to 10 hours, even 12 hours of sleep each night. But many have trouble sleeping. Lack of sleep can affect mood, relationships, and ability to pay attention. When you don’t get enough sleep, it’s hard to be at your best in school and sports. Lack of sleep can also increase the chances of getting sick. Some helpful tips for getting enough sleep:

  • Going to bed at the same time every night helps the body expect sleep. 
  • Creating a set bedtime routine can enhance this relaxation effect. So unwind every night by reading, listening to music, spending time with a pet, writing in a journal, meditating, or doing anything else that relaxes you.
  • Make your child’s bedroom a tech-free zone. The light from electronic devices tricks the brain into thinking it’s still daytime, so shut everything down an hour before lights out. 

Reminder //

Students should not return to school until they are no longer contagious, free of a fever, vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. If your student is seen by a physician and started on antibiotics, they should not return until 24 hours from their first dose of medication.

Offered by MVCSD //

Screenings

  • Vision - grades PS-5th, then PRN
  • Hearing - grades K-2nd, 6th, then PRN
  • H/W

Classes

  • Nutrition - 1st grade
  • Body Systems - 1st & 4th grade
  • Dental Health - K & 2nd grade
  • Hygiene - 2nd grade

Extracurricular Organizations

  • Teens Eliminating Lies (TEL)

Requirements //

Preschool

Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten

  • Physical form completed by doctor’s office.
  • Updated immunization record (or medical/religious exemption form).
  • Vision form - may be completed by an eye doctor, medical doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Screenings are considered valid if done no earlier than 1 year before and no later than 6 months after school starts.
  • Dental form - screening may be performed by a licensed dentist, dental hygienist, nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Screening is considered valid from age 3 years to 4 months after the start of school.
  • If your student attended Junior Kindergarten during the previous school year and turned in the required forms, no additional forms are needed.

3rd Grade

  • Vision form - may be completed by an eye doctor, medical doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Screenings are considered valid if done no earlier than 1 year before and no later than 6 months after school starts.

7th Grade

9th Grade

  • Dental form - screening MUST be performed by a licensed dentist or licensed dental hygienist. Screening is considered valid if done no earlier than 1 year before and no later than 4 months after school starts.

12th Grade

  • Updated immunization record (or medical/religious exemption form) with proof of having had the Meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine. 2 doses of meningitis vaccine are required for students, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when student was 16 years of age or older.

Student punch passes are available for purchase in the High School office for $30.00. Students get one card with (10) punches to be used at any High School or Middle School activity. It can be shared amongst siblings if you choose to do so. Any checks made out to purchase a punch pass should be made out to MV Activities.

All medication must be in the prescription container that has been filled by a pharmacist. It maybe necessary to obtain an extra container from the pharmacist, since only the amount needed is to be sent to school. The parent or guardian must sign a permission form to have the prescribed medication dispensed to their child according to the specific written directions of the prescribing health provider. All medication will be dispensed by the nurse or authorized office personnel who have met the qualifications by taking the medication administration course as stated in chapter 204 of the Code of Iowa.

All medication will be maintained in a secure location and appropriately identified for each child.

All medication permission slips will be filed in the student's health file in the nurse's office.

Any medication that has not been taken or picked up at the end of the year will be destroyed.

It is strongly encouraged that parents bring their children's medicine to school and not have the children carry it.

Support //

Does your child need health insurance? HAWK-I is a low cost, or free, health care coverage for children of many working families in Iowa. HAWK-I insurance covers doctor visits, hospital care, surgery, shots, inpatient/outpatient services, hospital services, mental health services, emergency care, substance abuse services, hearing screenings, prescriptions, dental visits, vision and eyeglasses.

For more information, please call 1-800-257-8563 or visit the Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawk-I) website.

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