A Message from the School Nurses
Below are tips to help your child have a healthy experience at school.
- Notify the office or school nurse if your child has any health condition.
- Life Threatening Conditions – If your child has a life-threatening condition such as a severe allergy to food or bees, asthma, diabetes, or seizures, the state of Washington requires medication, treatment orders, a nursing care plan and trained staff are in place before a student may begin school.
Medication at School
- Administration of all prescription and over-the-counter medications requires a medication authorization form that must be completed by your child’s health care provider and signed by a parent or guardian.
- Medication must be unexpired, in its original container and labeled with the student’s name.
- You must provide medically-verified immunization records for your student.
- The State of Washington requires immunizations before a child may begin school. Please see the accompanying flyer for immunization requirement details.
- If you need help finding medical coverage so you can get immunizations for your child, call 206-284-0331 or 1-800-756-5437. Interpreters are available.
Ill or Injured Students
- The school health room is for temporary care only. As soon as possible, an authorized adult must pick up students for: injury, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, or coughing that interferes with learning.
- Fill out your child’s emergency information completely. Changes can be made through Skyward Family Access or notify the office of any changes to your telephone numbers.
- Discuss pick-up plans with your emergency contacts so they will know your expectations if you are unavailable.
Help promote readiness to learn by encouraging your child to:
- Wash hands before eating, after using the toilet and after nose blowing, coughing or sneezing.
- Cover coughs with a sleeve, not the hands.
- Get enough sleep.
- Elementary students need about 10-12 hours a night.
- Middle school students need about 10-11 hours a night.
- High school students need about 8-9 hours a night.
- Eat a healthy diet and eat breakfast every day.
- Wear clothing appropriate for the weather.
If you need help accessing community resources such as healthcare, health insurance, counseling resources or food and clothing bank, please contact your school nurse.