Washington School Nurse
Welcome to Washington Middle School. My name is Stephanie Nash 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 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
- 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.
SVNA accepts insurance and cash for adults and children. Children who are uninsured may qualify for a no-cost flu vaccination.
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.
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.
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 email.
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)
School health rooms do not keep medications on hand for general use. Medications must be supplied to the school by the parents/guardians for their student’s individual needs. All medications must be brought to school in their original container/box with prescription label attached (if it’s a prescription medication) in order to be administered.
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
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 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.
When to Keep Your Student Home
- COVID-19 When to Keep your SPS Student Home
- COVID-like symptoms take priority over symptoms from “Is My Child Too Sick to Go to School?” guidelines
- “Is My Child Too Sick to Go to School?” (English)