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Cedar Rapids Community School District requires a variety of immunizations, and provides many screening services for students.

Immunizations

Cedar Rapids Community School District students can receive immunizations from the following sources:

  • Your child’s doctor’s office, if they provide vaccines to children. Most pediatric and family practice clinics offer vaccines to their patients; however, you may want to call ahead to be sure.
  • Cedar Rapids Community School District Metro Care Connection health clinics, located at Jefferson High School, Kennedy High School, and Metro High School.
    • Please contact our Metro Care Connection at 319-558-2481 to schedule immunizations.
  • Linn County Public Health, located at 501 13th St NW, Cedar Rapids. Please call ahead at 319-892-6000 for eligibility criteria and appointment.

School screenings

Body mass index (BMI)

Cedar Rapids Community School District health and/or PE staff members will screen height and weight of kindergarten and fifth grade students. Results will be sent home with each child. If you do not wish your child to be screened, you must notify the school health office. If your child had a physical for this school year, we may use that height and weight data to calculate your child’s BMI.

Dental screening

St. Luke’s Dental Health Center and HACAP partner to offer dental screenings to all preschool, alternative kindergarten, kindergarten, second and fifth grades, all students in elementary special education and elementary ELL programs, as well as others in selected grades. In addition to dental screenings, fluoride varnish application and dental sealants are offered to children enrolled in qualifying schools. Children will bring home a consent form to be completed by the parent/guardian to approve these dental services. If you do not want your child screened for dental health please notify the health office in writing at the beginning of the year.

Iowa law requires that any student entering kindergarten and ninth grade provide a valid Iowa Department of Public Health Certificate of Dental. The goal of this legislation is for each student to receive the benefit of early and regular dental care, including prevention, and to establish a dental home for children who may not have one. It is also an opportunity to provide outreach to those families who have trouble accessing care.

Hearing screening

Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA) screens all students in alternative kindergarten, kindergarten, and first, second, and fifth grades. Preschool students with IEPs will be screened. Students in third and fourth grades, and middle and high school who are new to the school that don’t have a documented normal hearing test, 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. Parents/guardians who do not want 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.

Social, emotional, behavioral screening

Social, emotional, behavioral (SEB) screening: Students in third, fifth, and seventh grades, and high school will be screened to assess social, emotional, and behavioral well-being. The purpose of the screening is to identify areas where students may need some additional support. Follow-up screening and parent communication may occur if the results indicate the need for further attention. Parents/guardians not wishing for their child(ren) to be screened should notify the school counseling office in writing or by calling the school directly. Parents/guardians with concerns about their child’s social, emotional, or behavioral well-being should contact the counseling or health office.

Vision screening

Iowa law requires that any student entering kindergarten and third grade have a vision screening. To be valid, the vision screening shall be performed no earlier than one year prior to the date of enrollment and no later than six months after the date of the child’s enrollment into both kindergarten and third grade. The vision screening may be conducted by a physician, optometrist, advanced nurse practitioner, physician assistant, local public health department, public or accredited nonpublic school, community based organization, free clinic, or child care center. An online screening may be conducted by a child’s parent or guardian. A certificate of vision screening form is available here.


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Key contacts

Sandy Byard

Health services facilitator