Documenting Your Health
Johnston School Health Services encourages regular health examinations of all children by their family physician. The schools request examinations and medical reports annually of all preschoolers, kindergartners, 3rd, 6th grade students, all students who are new to the district, and those with known health problems in any grade.
A kindergarten student enrolling for the first time in school in the district shall submit an Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Immunization from a licensed physician. All Kindergarten students entering school are required to have a dental screening and a lead screening. After your doctor makes the examination, please return the attached medical reports to the school your child will be attending (see below).
A student enrolling for the first time in school in the district shall submit a certificate of immunization in compliance with the Iowa Immunization Law. As the Iowa Immunization Law is revised, all students in Kindergarten through grade 12 must update any required immunization.
All students in grades 7-12 who participate in school sponsored athletic programs will be required to complete and submit an Athletic Pre-Participation Physical Examination. Parents may request an athletic physical form from either the health office or athletic office.
A medical report is very helpful in planning the best health program for your child. If your child has a specific health need or you need assistance with locating medical care, please notify the school nurse at your child’s school building.
Exemptions to the Immunization Law include:
A medical exemption may be granted to an applicant when, in the opinion of a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant, the required immunizations would be injurious to the health and well-being of the applicant or any member of the applicant’s family or household. A medical exemption may apply to a specific vaccine(s) or all required immunizations. A certificate for medical reasons is valid only when signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant.
A religious exemption may be granted if immunizations conflict with a genuine and sincere religious belief. An Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Exemption shall be signed by the child’s parent or guardian or legally authorized representative and attest that immunization conflicts with a genuine and sincere religious belief and be notarized to an applicant.