Iowa law requires that all students entering kindergarten have a dental screening. The purpose of the dental screening requirement is to improve the oral health of Iowa’s children. Dental screenings help with early detection and treatment of dental disease; promote the importance of oral health for school readiness and learning; and contribute to statewide surveillance of oral health.
Kindergarteners must have had a dental screen sometime between the ages of 3 and 6 years and must be completed by spring of their kindergarten year. The screening must be completed by a dentist, dental hygienist, physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or a nurse trained in doing oral screenings.
The health professional doing the dental screen must complete the dental certificate of dental screening. Please return the completed certificate to your child’s school office.
If families do not have dental insurance coverage or cannot pay for dental care, parents should contact the Iowa Department of Public Health at https://idph.iowa.gov/ohds/school-screenings.
Lead screening is required for children entering school. Testing should be done before the age of six and provided to the elementary school in which the child is enrolling. The requirement applies to children enrolled in public and private schools and those who are homeschooled.Religious Exemption for Lead Testing Form
Parent/guardians considering the use of the open enrollment option to enroll their child/children in another public, school district in the State of Iowa should be aware of the following:
- Application must be sent to the resident and receiving districts by March 1 for grades 1-12 and September 1 for Kindergarten Students. Applications filed after March 1 may not be approved unless
the reason for late filing qualifies for “good cause.”
- Each child must have a request filed for him or her. If you move from the district in which you currently live during the term of Open Enrollment, you must notify both districts.
Parents/guardians of Open Enrollment students may qualify for transportation assistance.Open Enrollment Application 2021-2022 Form
Iowa law requires that students in kindergarten and third grade have a vision screening performed and documentation given to the school. Over 80% of learning is visual, so adequate vision is very important for success in school.
- Kindergarten – the screening should be done no earlier than 1 year prior to enrollment and no later than 6 months after enrollment.
- Third graders – the screening should be done no earlier than 1 year prior to the start of school and no more than 6 months after the start of school.
Please have your child’s eye doctor OR primary health care provider complete the Vision Screening Certificate and return it to your child’s school.Vision Screening Form