Dowagiac Schools Health Services

Attention DMS parents-

Dowagiac Middle School is excited to announce that the Van Buren Cass District Health Department will be offering a great opportunity for our students. On Monday February 20th, 2020 the health department dental hygienist will be at DMS offering a program to help stop tooth decay. The SEAL Michigan Dental Sealant Program will be coming to place dental sealants on permanent six-year and twelve-year molars at NO COST!!! If your child has dental insurance it will be billed and any amount not covered by your insurance will be covered by this program. Please check with your dental insurance as many plans do not cover the cost of dental sealants. If your child does not have dental insurance there will be NO cost.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity please complete the necessary form your child received and send it back to the school by February 11th and we will take care of everything from there. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our School Nurse, Suzanne Dorman RN, MSN at sdorman@dowagiacschools.org or 269-782-4440 ext. 1129.


We hope that you take advantage of this great opportunity available to our students.


Message from the Nurse-

We have had many students that are out of school for various illnesses and I wanted to remind parents about our illness policy which states that children should stay home until they were fever free for 24 hours without the use of any fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin.

I wanted to remind parents that it is important for you to contact the school to notify us that your child is ill. The school is required by the public health law to report illness numbers to the local health department each week and the information we report is gathered from what parents report to the school. It is very helpful for our report if you can provide us with a basic idea of what type of illness your child is experiencing. Also if you child is seen at a physician office please bring in a written excuse from their office to document their illness. Any medication that must be administered at school must have a completed medication authorization form completed by a physician. Medication must be brought to school by a parent/guardian with the authorization form completed. This form can be obtained at the middle school office along with the Dowagiac Union School Medication Policy.

Even though we have had a mild winter, students are still wearing coats and hats so with those we find the number of students with head lice to be increasing. Please remember to check your child’s hair frequently during these times. If you notice any signs of head lice please begin the treatment process immediately. This process is very time consuming, but in order to keep the head lice from returning the entire process must be completed. If you would like information about the treatment of head lice please feel free to contact me at 269-782-4440 ext. 1129 or sdorman@dowagiacschools.org with any question or concerns.


Suzanne Dorman RN, MSN

District School Nurse

Dowagiac Union Schools