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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 SecretaryPhone
ArthurShelby Louviere2380Melissa Barker4745
Cedar River AcademySami Baeza2501Teri Schloss1437
ClevelandAndrea Sherron2466Lydia Quaid3804
ErskineKrissa Sindt2802Melissa Barker4745
GarfieldAmy VanOort2183Connie Trautman3754
GrantBrandy Lowery3267Teri Schloss1437
Grant WoodCharlene Adams2799Jordan Hagarty4226
HarrisonAubrey Heck2803Rachel Barnd1037
Hiawatha 2793Carrie Espinosa4117
HooverGretchen Arcand2370Victoria Leyh1867
Johnson STEAM Academy 2711Jordan Hagarty4226
Kenwood Leadership AcademyKathryn Tyner2293Lydia Quaid3084
Madison 2788Sarah Hamilton3208
Maple GrovePatty Breja2484Rachel Barnd1037
NixonAlicia Laufer2204Megan Dursky4324
PierceKate Wiley2762Connie Trautman3754
TrumanMichelle Freeman2239Laura Minear3607
Van BurenJune Hamilton (Smith)2307Victoria Leyh1867
Viola GibsonLacie Fisher2565Megan Dursky4324
West WillowStacy Johnson2075Erin LeMieux1707
WrightMiranda Bledsole2310Sarah Hamilton3208
Franklin 2076Lizzie Adams4762
HardingBrenda Gifford2559Amy Duggan3190
McKinleyAshley Sacora2519Lizzie Adams4762
RCCBADeb Blythe2319Amy Duggan3190
TaftRebecca Utterback2095Stephanie Nederhoff1074
WilsonNatalie Martin2097Jimmy Bauer3604
JeffersonCarrie Deam2221Samantha Pape3613
KennedyKathy Larson2054Alexis Becker3571
MetroDeb Gordon2272Sara Gordon3844
WashingtonJillian Nassif2459Alyssa Hague3450
Polk AECLeesa Jaeger2420Jimmy Bauer3604
Transition CenterSteph Nederhoff1074
City ViewSara Gordon3844


Key contact

Sandy Byard

Health Services Coordinator