Nursing & Community Services

Post Falls School District nursing services partners with school district staff and community members to minimize a student's medical barriers to education.

Elizabeth Costin lead nurse: email
Central school nursing office phone number 208-773-6976

Direct student services are a primary part of our role. Nurses work with students of all grade levels at individual building sites. Nurses assess illness and injury, give first aid and make appropriate referrals. School nurses work to limit communicable disease through prevention, early intervention, isolation as necessary, and notification to parents regarding possible exposure.

Immunization Requirements
Idaho State Law requires all students K-12 be fully immunized prior to enrollment in school. If your child is not fully immunized, immunization can be received through the Panhandle Health District, Heritage Health, or your child’s physician.

  • Students born before 9/1/2005 must have 5 DTaP, 2 Measles/Mumps/ Rubella (MMR), 3 Polio and 3 Hepatitis B.
  • Students born after 9/1/2005 must have 5 DTaP, 2 Measles/Mumps/ Rubella (MMR), 4 Polio, 3 Hepatitis B, 2 Varicella (Chickenpox) & 2 Hepatitis A.
  • 7th grade students must have 1 TDaP booster and 1 Meningococcal.
  • 12th grade students must have 1  Meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine after the age of 16, regardless of previous vaccination. 


Vision screening School nurses conduct vision screening clinics for Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades annually.  We also screen any teacher or parent referrals. Nurses notify parents if additional follow-up may be necessary.  We have wonderful resources available for students who do not have vision insurance and whose parents qualify. 

Student Health Alerts are care plans that contain student-specific medical information. They equip staff members working directly with a child to ensure a safer environment for that student. If your child has a medical issue such as diabetes, severe allergies, seizure disorder or another chronic illness. We can work with you to develop a safe plan of care for your child within the school setting.

If resources are needed, please contact school nursing services.

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Family Guidance for COVID-19:  Positive Student or Positive in household

  • Symptomatic:  Student can return 10 days after 1st day of symptoms of positive and student is symptom free.
  • Asymptomatic: Student can return 10 days after day of test of positive and student is symptom free.
  • Positive test results of student can be emailed to PFSD Lead Nurse, Elizabeth Costin, elizabeth.costin@sd273.com (please include name and school in email).
    • We advise that the families contact their health care provider or Panhandle Health District to determine quarantine dates. Panhandle: 877-415-5225
    • There are variables that can change dates depending on if student gets tested or starts showing symptoms. Anticipate +/- 10 day absence.
    • If you have questions about this information please email PFSD Lead Nurse, Elizabeth Costin, elizabeth.costin@sd273.com.