Overview

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    Health Services 

    Meeting the needs of every child


    Four certified registered nurses are on duty in our schools daily, serving more than 5,500 students. Parents may contact their child’s school to locate the nurse. Nursing services include screening for vision and hearing, emergency care, first aid, consultations with parents and 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 their ability to derive a positive educational experience, it is important to communicate any health issues or concerns with the school nurse as they arise.  

    In the event of a student health emergency, the parents or guardians will be called immediately. It is strongly advised that parents update their emergency contact information several times during the school year.

    In the event of a serious student injury or illness at school, we initiate the following:

    1. The primary home phone number is called.
    2. If no response, the parents' work numbers are called.
    3. If no response, the emergency contact is called.
    4. If no response, the child may be transported by ambulance to the hospital.
    Infectious Disease Policy 
    A school principal or school nurse has the authority to send an ill child home without the concurrence of the local health officer. Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home. Students who have vomited at school may also be sent home. In order to return to school, the student must be free from fever and vomiting for 24 hours without the assistance of fever-reducing medication. If the disease is reportable, the local health officer must be notified. The local health officer is the primary resource in the identification and control of infectious disease in community and school. The local health officer, in consultation with the superintendent, can take whatever action deemed necessary to control or eliminate the spread of disease, including closing a school.
     
    Vision and hearing screening
    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.
     
    Special education screening

    We have special programs for children who may have sensory, learning, motor, communication, emotional and/or health difficulties needing academic support. If you suspect that your child (age birth-21) may have a disability, please contact our Special Programs Office at 360.279.5047.
     
    Our nurses are instrumental in keeping our students healthy.
    Health Services Staff serving our schools from left to right:
    LPN Ginger Sherbourne, Nurses Robbin White and Rhonda Coker, LPN Cory Russell and Dawn Hill, Nurses Kimberly Hitt and Christine Perkins. 

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