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    Prepare for Your Student’s Health at School

    Washington state law requires that school staff and parents plan together for the safe care of their child throughout the school day.

    • Health issues: Please report any health issue your child has that could impact safety and learning at school to the school nurse. You can contact the nurse directly by phone or e-mail. Or fill out the online student verification form (September 1-30) or through the Annual Student Health Update paper form. Examples include: Seizures, diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergic reaction, cancer treatment, and anemia.

    • Medication at school: If your child needs to take any type of medication during the school day, even if it’s temporary, a medication form must be completed by the child’s health care provider and signed by parent. Authorization for Medications Taken at School (multiple languages)

    • Medical treatments at school: If your child needs a treatment at school, such as: G-tube feeding, insulin calculation, clean urinary catheterization, suctioning, nebulizer, dressing change, and others please have the health care provider complete the treatment form. Authorization for Treatments and Procedures to be Performed at School

    Fall Flu Shots

    Protect yourself and your community from the flu. Seattle Visiting Nurse Association will provide your annual flu shot to students (ages 4 and older), staff and community members.

    Most forms of insurance (including Apple Health and Medicaid) and cash or check are accepted. Visit the SPS Flu Clinics page for dates/times for a clinic near you.

    Students who are enrolled in their school-based health center can also get the flu shot. Visit the King County School Health website for a listing of locations.


    Immunization Information

    To attend school students must present a signed Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS). Our district requires that immunization information on the CIS comes from a medical provider. WA State Immunization laws state that the student is in compliance if they are:

    • Fully immunized or
    • In process of getting immunized
    • Has a completed Certificate of Exemption

    As of July 28, 2019, personal exemptions are no longer accepted in Washington State for the measles-MMR vaccine. Students who were previously in compliance with a Certificate of Exemption for MMR are now listed as out of compliance with state law.

    You can obtain a copy of your own or your child’s (under age 18) immunization record located in the Washington Immunization Information System (WAIIS).

    Visit myir.net to keep up-to-date with past immunizations, get reminders for your family’s future immunizations, and even print your own official records.

    Students can receive immunizations through their school-based health center or at a school-based health center located nearby. King County School Health

    Other Immunization Resources:

    Nurse


    Please ask about  free and low-cost vision and dental resources.
    ~ Bonnie Sandahl, School Nurse

    What does a school nurse do?

    School nurses are trained to provide on-site services that are culturally sensitive, focused on prevention and wellness, and to be effective outreach and medical liaisons between the school, students, family, and health care providers. They act as educational catalysts by helping to promote, plan, and implement successful school-wide programs to improve learning readiness.

    Each Seattle Public Schools' school nurse has completed a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing, holds a current Registered Nurse license, and is required to have a Washington State Educational Staff Associate (ESA) certificate. Many school nurses have advanced degrees and additional health education training. Seattle school nurses are also required to hold valid American Red Cross CPR and First Aid cards. Comprehensive preparation is increasingly important as more and more students are attending school with severe and/or life-threatening medical conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, and food allergies), injuries, or birth defects.

    Besides caring for students who become injured or ill at school, school nurses also:

    • conduct state-mandated vision, hearing and scoliosis screening
    • act on direction from the Health Department to prevent communicable diseases and respond to disease outbreaks
    • develop emergency care plans for life-threatening situations such as bee stings or peanut allergies
    • conduct health assessments for students being evaluated for special education's Individual Educational Plan (IEP)
    • provide input and training to school staff regarding the needs of technologically assisted students
    • contribute to accommodation plans that allow students with substantial disabilities to have equal access to education

    Additional Resources

    Visit our SPS District Health Services Resource page for links to additional helpful information for families.

    School-Based Health Center (SBHC)

    Students have access to additional health services through the school-based health center located at this or a nearby school.

    Services are available to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Your insurance may be billed and this program is also supported by the Seattle Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Plan

    Services include immunizations, sports physicals, prescriptions, reproductive healthcare, mental health counseling, lab tests, and nutrition counseling.

    Families must enroll their student to receive most services. Students can enroll themselves for confidential health services. King County School Health