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    Meet the School Nurse

    Greetings,

    Welcome to Washington Middle School. My name is LeAnn Rowlen and I am the school nurse. My job is to support your child’s health and learning this year especially during these challenging times. I can speak to you on the phone, or through online platforms.

    I can be reached: Phone (206) 252-2607 Fax (206) 743-3183 Monday – Friday 8:40am – 4:10pm


    COVID-19 Resources

    I can help you sort out possible COVID-19 symptoms and to access help for testing. There is a wide variety of resources on the King County website. You can access free COVID-19 screening through the Public Health SCAN program for your children. Visit the Scan Public Heath website for more details. Use the code SCANKIDS as a quick way to bypass the daily limits for testing.

    Annual Health Information Form

    Please let me know if your child has a health condition which might impact his or her learning by completing this form either online though the Source (Sept 1-30), by the paper copy in the first day packet or by letting me know by email or phone.

    Expanded Health Services

    All SPS students can access mental and physical health services through our many school-based health centers. Services include: Well-child exam, sports physicals, immunizations and flu shots, mental health support, reproductive health care, access for health insurance, and prescriptions for medications for chronic conditions such as asthma. Visit the Washington Middle School Wellness Center for more information.

    Flu Clinics Coming

    It is important for all of us to get an annual flu shot, especially those with chronic conditions such as asthma or those who live with family members who have weak immune systems. Flu and COVID-19 symptoms are almost the same. People who are at-risk for COVID-19 are also at-risk for the flu. All SPS students can get flu shots through the School-based Health Centers. SPS students and families can get a flu shot through the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association “drive-through” flu clinics at 16 school locations in September and October. SVNA accepts insurance and cash for adults and children. Children who are uninsured may qualify for a no-cost flu vaccination. Sign up for the Visiting Nurse “drive through” clinic on the SPS Flu Shot Clinics page.

    Immunizations

    We want to protect every student from communicable diseases especially during COVID-19. If your child is lacking school-district required vaccines, I will contact you. It is possible that I am missing records of vaccines your child has already had. There are teen vaccines that are not required for school but are recommended by the Center for Disease Control. These are: Hepatitis A (2 doses), Meningococcal B (2 doses) , Meningococcal A(1 or 2 doses), HPV (2 or 3 doses). All of these are available through the School-based health centers or through the King County website.

    Strengths and Difficulty Questionnaire (SDQ)

    I may use the SDQ screening tool in grades 6 and 9 to help identify students who may need additional supports to thrive academically and socially. Parents, school staff may use this tool to give feedback about how well the student in any grade is doing in four areas: emotions, focus, behavior and getting along with others. You can see more information about this screening tool at the SDQ website.

    Vision, Hearing or Scoliosis Screening

    Students in grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 usually get near and far vision and hearing screened. I am not sure how this will be done during remote learning yet. I can help you find resources to take care of these health care needs.

    Again, Welcome and please let me know if I can be of assistance to you.
    LeAnn Rowlen BSN RN


    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

    LeAnn Rowlen BSN RN 

    Email: lerowlen@seattleschools.org
    Phone: 206) 252-2607
    Confidential Fax: 206) 743-3183

    Hours: Monday - Friday 8:40am - 4:10pm

     

    Additional Resources

    For information about head lice, how to know when your child is too sick for school, and more, please visit the SPS Health Services Additional Resources page.

    School-Based Health Center (SBHC)

    Washington Middle School Wellness Center

    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.