School Health


Polk County Public Health contracts with area schools; including Cathedral, Climax-Shelly, Fisher, Our Savior's Lutheran, and Win-E-Mac to provide school nursing services. 

Public Health nurses assist in health assessments, counseling, and referral services for school children in all schools, and provide age specific health topic teachings to all grade levels in schools in the county. 

Contracted services include:

  • Early childhood screenings
  • Rescreen, referral and follow-up components as indicated according to screening program standards
  • School-based vision and hearing screening programs
  • Health education and consultation on requested topics such as:
    • Nutrition
    • Puberty Education and Physical Hygiene
    • Self Esteem and Children's Mental Health
    • Dental Health and Hygiene
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    • Teen Pregnancy Prevention
    • Infectious Disease and Prevention
    • Reporting of Vaccine-Prevention Disease
    • Influenza and COVID-19 surveillance