Dear Parent or Guardian,
All incoming 9th graders are required to have a dental screening. This requirement was passed by the 2007 legislature and became effective July 1, 2008. 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. A screening for ninth grade may be performed by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist only. Screenings performed by out-of-state providers are allowed. A screening for 9th grade is valid from one year prior to enrollment to four months after enrollment date. If you have any questions or difficulty obtaining the dental screening, please contact me. A form can be picked up at the school or one can be obtained at your dentist office. Please return the form prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.