Oak Harbor High School, Midway HS, Oak Harbor Elementary
Chris Perkins, RN
Crescent Harbor, Oak Harbor Middle School, North Whidbey Middle School
Robbin White, RN
Broad View, Hillcrest, Olympic View, Clover Valley (HomeConnection and Hand in Hand Early Learning Center)
Rhonda Coker, RN
Infectious Diseases Policy #3414:
When and how long students should be kept at home when ill.
Link to special notice about
Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.
Three certified registered nurses are on duty daily, serving over 6,000 students in nine schools. By contacting your child's school, you will be able to locate the nurse. Nursing services include screening for vision and hearing, emergency care, first aid, consultations with parents & staff, and classroom education. Nurses also manage medication administration and formulate health plans for students with health concerns.
Since the health status of a student bears a direct relationship to the student's ability to profit from any educational experience, it is vital that the nurses be informed of any health problems your child may have. It is extremely important that parents communicate information about each student at the beginning of the school year or as things change during the year.
Life Threatening Health Conditions
At the beginning of each school year, prior to attendance at school, each child with a life-threatening health condition must present a medication or treatment order, signed by the parent and a licensed healthcare provider, addressing the condition. A life threatening health condition is a condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order, providing authority to a registered nurse to act upon a nursing plan, is not in place. Students who have a life threatening health condition and no medication or treatment order presented to the school shall be excluded from school, according to Board policy, consistent with federal IDEA Section 504 requirements and Washington State Law.
Letter Concerning Students with Life-Threatening Conditions (Word document)
Letter Concerning Students with Life-Threatening Conditions (pdf)
Please follow the links below to the form corresponding to your child's condition.
Please contact your child's school nurse for further information and health plan creation in order that he or she may start school in a timely manner.
Health condition forms are available online for Asthma, Severe Allergies, and Seizures
Medications at School
If it is necessary for a student to take medicine at school, the procedure is as follows:
The student must go to the school secretary/ receptionist to receive the medication. No other medication is to be carried by students without special clearance through the nursing staff .
- A school medication form must be signed by both the health care provider and the parent. These forms are good for one school year only and must be renewed each school year. Medication Form
- The medicine must be in a container from the pharmacy that includes name of student, medication, dosage and directions for use.
- Medication at school must be kept in the main office with the school secretarial staff. Epipens and inhalers can be kept with the student if both the parent and health care provider give consent, provide an emergency action plan and provide the medication form and medication for the student. For self carry and self administration, the parent must sign the liability waiver on the medication administration form.
New immunization requirement for 6th graders.
All students in the district are required by law (RCW 28A.210.020-040) to have a completed Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form indicating that they are up to date and current with immunizations, in the process of getting immunizations, or are exempt from getting immunizations. Students without a completed
CIS FORM will not be allowed to enter school.
See information about required immunizations.
Changes to School and Child Care Immunization Exemptions
On May 10, 2011, Governor Gregoire signed a bill that requires a licensed health care provider to sign the Certificate of Exemption for a parent or guardian to exempt their child from school and child care immunization requirements. The signature verifies that the provider gave the parent or guardian information about the benefits and risks of immunization. A parent or guardian can also turn in a signed letter from a health care provider stating the same information.
The law goes into effect on July 22, 2011. It only applies to exemptions requested after this date. A health care provider doesn't need to sign the form for parents or guardians who demonstrate membership in a church or religious group that does not allow a health care provider to provide medical treatment to a child.
If there is an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease that your child has not been immunized against, he/she can be excluded from school until the outbreak is over.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that we have your most current phone number! Below are procedures in case of serious injury or illness of any student at school:
- Home is called.
- If no response, then parents' work numbers are called.
- If no response, emergency contact is called.
- If no response, the child may be transported by ambulance to the hospital.
Vision and hearing screening will be conducted in grades K-3, as well as Grades 5 and 7. Students in other grades will be screened at the request of the parent or teacher. Your cooperation in following through on recommendations will help your child to a healthier, happier school experience.
Head lice are an ongoing problem in any school district and ours is no exception. If your child is noted to have head lice, you will be called immediately and asked to pick your child up from school. Because head lice are contagious, treatment is required before your child will be allowed to return to school. A child should not be out of school for longer than one day for head lice treatment.
Please inform your school secretary immediately if your child has chicken pox. Children receiving chemotherapy or are otherwise immune-compromised are at high risk and, if exposed to chickenpox, must receive added treatment immediately. If your child has a fever, especially with a rash, please do not send him or her to school.
Hand Washing & Mouth Covering
This sounds too simple, but if we encourage everyone to cover mouths while coughing/sneezing and wash hands frequently, these two actions can prevent a lot of routine illness.
Special Education Screening
We have special programs for children who may have sensory, learning, motor, communication, emotional and/or health difficulties needing academic support. Our state has specific procedures which are used to determine which children are eligible for special education. If you suspect that a child (age birth-21) may have a disability, please contact the Special Education Office, 350 S Oak Harbor Street, 360-279-5047