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    Meet Your School Nurse

    Please ask about  free and low-cost vision and dental resources.
    School Nurse Anne Church, DNP
    ljchurch@seattleschools.org
    (206) 252-7607

    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

    Prepare for Your Student’s Health at School

    Washington state law requires that school staff and parents/guardians 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.

    To report an issue, you can contact the nurse directly by phone or email, fill out the online student verification form on The Source (September 1-30), or fill out the Annual Student Health Update paper form (on the district Health Services Forms page).

    Examples include: Seizures, diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergic reaction, cancer treatment, and anemia.

    Medication at School

    If a student needs to take any type of medication during the school day, even if it is temporary, an Authorization for Medications Taken at School form (on the Health Services Forms page) must be completed by the student's health care provider and signed by the parent/guardian.

    Medical Treatments at School

    If a student needs a treatment at school, such as: G-tube feeding, insulin calculation, clean urinary catheterization, suctioning, nebulizer, dressing change, and others please have the student's health care provider complete the Authorization for Treatments and Procedures to be Performed at School form (on the Health Services Forms page).

    Fall Flu Shots

    Protect yourself and your community from the flu. Students (ages 4 and older), staff, and community members can get their annual flu shot at one of the flu shot clinics. Visit the SPS Flu Shot Clinics page for dates/times and to find a clinic near you.

    Most forms of insurance (including Apple Health and Medicaid) and cash or check are accepted.

    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 Resources

    Contact Information

    Leona (Anne) Church DNP  

    Email: ljchurch@seattleschools.org
    Phone: 206) 252-7607
    Confidential Fax: 206) 743-3175

    Hours: TBA

     

    School-Based Health Center (SBHC)

    List of King County School-Based Health Centers

    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.

    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.

    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