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Cedar Rapids Community School District health services enhances student success by decreasing health-related barriers to learning. The health services team helps students reach optimum health and enable them to achieve their fullest potential.

School health services contribute to the goals of the education system and the healthcare system by providing screenings and referrals, administering medications and treatments, providing first aid, providing health counseling and education, and supporting students with chronic health conditions to acquire self-management skills.

The school health services team consists of school nurses and health secretaries, working in partnership with the student, his/her parents/guardians and the student’s primary healthcare provider(s).

School nurses

School nursing is a specialized practice of nursing, which protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals to develop their full potential. The school nurse’s role focuses on factors affecting a child’s learning in school.

The nurse interprets the student’s health care needs to school staff, manages medication administration, and helps in the assessment of physical, social, and emotional health. In addition, school nurses act as a health education resource for teachers, identify health and safety hazards in the schools, and offer health guidance to students and their families. School nurses may have one, and sometimes two, schools depending on student health needs.

Nurse practitioners

Some of our school nurses are also nurse practitioners who provide expanded school health services to students, such as physicals and immunizations, through Metro Care Connection, our school-based health clinics.

Contact a school health office

SchoolHealth SecretaryPhoneNursePhone
ArthurShelby Louviere319-558-2380Kasey Spores319-558-4405
Cedar River AcademySami Baeza319-558-2501Teri Schloss319-558-1437
ClevelandTashaya Robinson319-558-2466Rachel Barnd319-558-1037
ErskineEileen Foxhoven319-558-2802Kasey Spores319-558-4405
GarfieldAmy VanOort319-558-2183Connie Trautman319-558-3754
GrantBrandy Lowery319-558-3267Teri Schloss319-558-1437
Grant WoodCharlene Adams319-558-2799Molly Behounek319-558-3343
HarrisonAubrey Heck319-558-2803Lydia Quaid319-558-3084
HiawathaKim Comisky319-558-2793Alyssa Hague319-558-3450
HooverGretchen Arcand319-558-2370Victoria Leyh319-558-1867
Johnson STEAM AcademyJenny Emerson319-558-2711Molly Behounek319-558-3343
Kenwood Leadership AcademyKathryn Tyner319-558-2293Lydia Quaid319-558-3084
MadisonBetty Zebell319-558-2788Sarah Hamilton319-558-3208
Maple GrovePatty Breja319-558-2484Rachel Barnd319-558-1037
NixonBrittany Contreras319-558-2204Megan Dursky319-558-4324
PierceDeb Palmer319-558-2762Connie Trautman319-558-3754
TrumanLori Buzynski319-558-2239Laura Minear319-558-3607
Van BurenMichelle Ugarph319-558-2307Victoria Leyh319-558-1867
Viola GibsonChrista Douglas319-558-2565Megan Dursky319-558-4324
West WillowStacy Johnson319-558-2075Erin LeMieux319-558-1707
WrightCarrie Espinosa319-558-2310Sarah Hamilton319-558-3208
FranklinCassie Beck319-558-2076Ashley Perez319-558-3132
HardingAmber Strong319-558-2559Amy Duggan319-558-3190
McKinleyAshley Sacora319-558-2519Ashley Perez319-558-3132
RCCBADeb Blythe319-558-2319Amy Duggan319-558-3190
TaftRebecca Utterback319-558-2095Stephanie Nederhoff319-558-1074
WilsonNatalie Martin319-558-2097Jimmy Bauer319-558-3604
JeffersonCarrie Deam319-558-2221Samantha Pape319-558-3613
KennedyKathy Larson319-558-2054Alexis Becker319-558-3571
MetroDeb Gordon319-558-2272Sara Gordon319-558-3844
WashingtonJillian Nassif319-558-2459Jill Owens319-558-1196
Polk AECLeesa Jaeger319-558-2420Jimmy Bauer319-558-3604


Key contact

Sandy Byard

Health Services Coordinator