Grade Level Requirements
Preschool-All students are required to have a current Physical Form and Immunization Form on file before the first day of school.
Kindergarten-all students are required to have a physical (which includes a lead level result), vision screening, dental screening, and immunization form on file at the school before the first day of school. A vision screening will be valid if it done up to 1 year prior to enrollment and no later than 6 months after enrollment. The dental screening licensed (at the Kindergarten level) may be completed by a doctor, physician assistant, dental hygienist or dentist.
Iowa law now requires that children enrolling into kindergarten provide proof of having been tested for blood lead levels before the age of 6 years. There are exemptions to the law in cases of religious exemption or in cases where the Iowa Department of Public Health determines the child is at an extremely low risk of lead exposure. Exemptions must be approved by the Iowa Department of Public Health. If you have questions or need assistance contact the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Blood Lead Bureau at 1-800-972-2026.
3rd Grade-All students entering 3rd grade must show proof of an eye exam. The purpose of the child vision screening program is to improve the eye health and vision of Iowa’s children. A screening will be valid if it is completed no earlier than 1 year prior to the first day of school and no later than 6 months after the first day of school.
7th Grade-All students entering the 7th grade are required to show proof of receiving the Tdap and Meningitis Immunizations.
Question: Can students in 7th who have not received a meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY), be placed on a provisional?
Answer: No, there is no grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement. All 7th grade students born after September 15, 2004 will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MenACWY). A Provisional Certificate of Immunization can only be issued when the applicant has received at least one does of the required vaccine.
9th Grade-All students entering the 9th grade must show proof of a recent dental exam. The dental screening is valid if the screening was completed one year prior to enrollment until 4 months after the enrollment date. The 9th grade dental screening must be completed by a dentist or dental hygienist.
12th Grade-All students entering, advancing, or transferring into 12th grade and born after September 15, 1999 must show proof of two doses of meningococcal vaccine; or 1 dose if received when the student was 16 years of age or older.
Question: Is there a grace period/extension to receive the meningococcal vaccine AFTER school starts?
Answer: All 12th grade students born after September 15, 1999 will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MenACWY), a Certificate of Provisional Enrollment or a Certificate of Immunization Exemption before enrolling in school.