Health Concerns & Medical Services
All students must have a current health history on file at school. Due to the law in Washington state, students with potential life-threatening conditions, such as but not limited to severe asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes, blood disorders, and seizure disorders, will need to speak with the school nurse at least two weeks prior to starting school each year. Your child cannot start school if your child could have a serious health concern during the school day that might be life threatening until medical orders, equipment, and nursing care plan are in place. Your child’s safety at school is our priority.
- School nurse: 206-631-3905
- School office: 206-631-3900
- Health Services: 206-631-3011
Washington State Department of Health sets the requirements for immunizations needed for school age students. New requirements are made yearly and must be enforced for schools to be in compliance with the law. Families are notified in the spring of any upcoming shots their students will need for entering the next grade level in September.
Washington State Law states that medications may not be dispensed by school personnel without a physician’s order. This includes dispensing of cough drops, aspirin, or other over-the counter medications. School personnel may administer medication when families if medications are in pharmacy containers, stored in the school office, and dispensed by the school nurse, secretary, or principal unless otherwise stated by the physician.
If your child has chicken pox, head lice, measles/rubella, mumps, scarlet fever, hepatitis, scabies, rashes, or other contagious diseases diagnosed by a doctor, contact the school immediately. Unknown rashes must have a doctor’s note for the student to attend school.
Illness, Fever, or Injuries
- A physician’s order which includes name (s) of the medicine and the time (s) and the dose to be given.
- This form must be signed by a family member to give school personnel permission to administer medication.
- A student who has a fever over 100.0 should not come to school. It is an indication of an illness and needs to be kept home.
- A student who has had diarrhea and/or vomiting within the last 48 hours needs to be kept home.
- Students should be symptom and/or fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Families must pick up students immediately if they become sick at school.
- If injuries occur at school students will be sent to the clinic.
- Minor injuries are given first aid
- Families will be notified if further medical care is needed
- The school nurse has a regular schedule, but is not on campus daily
- All health concerns should be included on the back of the emergency card
- Routine health screening done by school medical staff includes yearly vision & hearing screening for students in kindergarten, first, second, third and fifth grade.