Health Office

School Nurse:  Joanie mcmahon

(319) 558-1229

Health Secretary:  kate hasler

(319) 558-2519


Clinic Hours:  7:50 am - 3:20 pm



Iowa law requires all students entering the 7th grade to have proof of a TDaP (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis) booster.  Protection provided by the vaccine starts to wear off putting your pre-teen or teen at risk for serious illness.  The booster is typically administered at the ages of 11 or 12.  Documentation of having received the TDaP immunization needs to be provided to the school prior to your student entering 7th grade. 


Meningococcal vaccination

Meningococcal vaccination is required for all preteens and teens in Iowa. All 11 to 12 year olds are required to be vaccinated with a single dose of a meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Since protection decreases over time, a booster dose is required at age 16 so teens continue to have protection during the ages when they are at highest risk of meningococcal disease. Teens and young adults (16 through 23 year olds) are also required to be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine, preferably at 16 through 18 years old. Talk with your teen’s clinician about meningococcal vaccination to help protect your child’s health.




If your child has received the Tdap vaccination after the age of 7, please send that information to school as soon as possible.  If your student needs this vaccine, please contact your health care provider or the McKinley Health Office.  





School District policy states: "Only medication prescribed a legal prescriber" shall be administered during the time the student is at school. Written authorization and instructions shall be provided by the parent or legal guardian. The school shall have the right to contact the prescriber’s office to confirm or clarify mediation instruction. All medications shall be supplied to the school in the original container, properly labeled, and shall be administered only by the school nurse or authorized personnel. A health care provider’s signature is required before non-prescription over the counter medications will be given, with the exceptions of pain relievers, Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen (see below).  All medications must be kept in the health office unless the school nurse authorized otherwise. To download permission form, click on "Permission Form." Paper copies are available from the McKinley clinic.

We are pleased to share the news that the School Board has approved a medication policy that will allow Middle and High School students only may receive 5 doses per school year of over the counter pain relief medication at school without a health care provider’s signature. Parent signature will still be required.

The following pain relievers will be available in the health office for administration of age appropriate doses in the middle and high school health offices in treatment of headache, menstrual cramps, and dental pain only.

         a.       Acetaminophen – (e.g. Tylenol) 325 mg

         b.      Ibuprofen – (e.g. Motrin) 200 mg


Written parent/guardian permission will be required before pain relief medications will be administered. To download permission form, click on "OTC Permission Form"  Paper copies are available from the McKinley clinic.

School supplied pain relief medications will be offered only after the need to medicate has been made according to written protocols, which school health secretaries will review before administering the pain relief medication.

Only one dose of school supplied pain relief medication will be given per day. Only 5 doses per school year. If another dose is requested by the student in the same day, the school nurse and parent will be notified. Once a student has received 5 doses, parents will be notified and a health care provider’s signature will be required to receive further doses and the student will be required to have their own supply of medication.



Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA) screens all students in Alternative Kindergarten (AK), kindergarten, and grades 1, 2, and 5. Students in the Early Learning Program with IEP’s will be screened.  Students in grades 3, 4, middle, and high school who are new to the school 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. Parent/guardians not wishing 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 McKinley clinic.


Dental Screening

In 2007, Iowa State law required all incoming 9th grade students to give documentation of a dental screening completed by either a dentist or dental hygienist to the school.  The screening for 9th grade is valid from one year prior to entering 9th grade to four months after enrollment.  I-Smile coordinators partner with schools to assist students who need a screening or require follow up dental care.  Your dentist can complete the form and it can be returned to the health office in 8th grade to satisfy this requirement.  To download certificate, click on "Certificate of Dental Screening." 


Physicals by Metro Health

Metro Care Connection provides free physicals to any McKinley student who is uninsured, underinsured or is on Medicaid.  If you are still in need of a physical, please call the Metro Care Connection office at 558-2519 to set up an appointment or contact the McKinley Health Office.   


Link to CRCSD Health Services Forms