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Welcome to Health Services

Nurses: Andrea Hill, LPN and Annemarie Hill, RN

Contact the Nurse

  • Elementary/Middle Schools (509) 649-4705
    • ES/MS Fax (509) 649 3634
  • High School (509) 649-4948
    • HS Fax (509) 649-3563
  • Email:  School Nurse

Nurse & Health Services Hours

Mon - Fri: 7:45 am to 4:25 pm
All hours are at the ES/MS buildings excepted as listed below:

High School Hours
Mon - Fri: 
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

Swiftwater School
Alternating Thursdays
9:00 am to 11:25 am

The health services department strives to keep our student's and staff healthy by providing everything from basic first aid to information and resources on things like vaccination requirements.  

HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Emergency Care Plans (ECPs) for students with life-threatening conditions, such as severe allergies, asthma, cardiac conditions, diabetes, and seizures
  • Individual Health Plans (IHPs) for medically complex students requiring nursing-directed care
  • Student health assessments as requested by school staff, administrators, teachers, or parents/guardians
  • Supervision, training, and support of health room personnel
  • Monitoring of student immunization compliance
  • Provide Vision and Hearing screening
  • Parent/Guardian contact when appropriate
  • In emergency situations, 911 is called


WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME OR
WHEN YOUR CHILD MIGHT BE SENT HOME

  • Students with a fever of 100º F or higher should stay home for at least 24 hours and not attend school until fever-free for 24 hours, without fever-reducing medications
  • Students with a cough or sore throat, especially with a fever, should stay home from school until at least 24 hours after flu-like symptoms have resolved
  • Vomiting or diarrhea, until symptom free for 24 hours
  • Pink eye, with or without drainage, until treated
  • Lice, nits (lice eggs), or scabies until treated and nit/lice free
  • Body rash

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
Students who must take medication (prescription or over-the-counter) or have rescue medications at school because of a life-threatening condition, are required to have a completed Medication Authorization form (available at school or on the CERSD website) with written instructions and signature from their Licensed Health Care Provider on file at school.
If you have questions or concerns about your child's health, you may contact the school nurse at 509-649-4705.

IMMUNIZATION
Washington law requires that all children be fully immunized against the following communicable diseases: Varicella (chickenpox), Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough), Tetanus, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Hepatitis B. All students must have a completed Certification of Immunization Status form to attend school. This form is available at school or at http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/FormsandPublications/Forms and stays with your student's records at school. For more information on immunizations, contact your child's health care provider or the Washington State Department of Health at http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization.

FLU INFORMATION
Seasonal Flu (influenza) spreads easily from person to person by coughing and sneezing. Influenza viruses change each year and this is why it's called the "seasonal flu." People with the flu often have high fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue (tiredness), headache, and sometimes nasal congestion. Influenza can lead to pneumonia, heart problems, and death. If you or someone you know has these symptoms and they are severe, contact your health care provider as soon as possible. The Department of Health and the CDC recommend getting a flu vaccine every year as the best way to prevent seasonal influenza. For more information, visit http://www.flu.gov/.

MENINGOCOCCAL MENINGITIS
Schools in Washington are required to provide information on Meningococcal disease to parents/guardians of all students entering grades 6-12. Meningococcal disease is a serious, but rare bacterial infection affecting the brain (meningitis) and blood. This disease spreads from direct contact with infected persons by coughing, kissing, or sharing anything by mouth, such as water bottles. A vaccine is available that can protect your child against the most common types of bacteria that cause meningococcal disease. The vaccine is not required for school attendance. We encourage you to learn more about the disease and prevention and speak to your child's health care provider about immunizations. Website information is available at: http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/IllnessandDisease/Meningitis

HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV)
Washington Law requires school districts to annually provide parents and guardians with information about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and its vaccine, beginning with 6th grade girls and boys. The HPV vaccine protects against four types of HPV which cause 70% of all cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts. The Federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends the HPV vaccine for all girls and boys age 11-12 years. The HPV vaccine is not required for school entry in Washington. We encourage you to learn more about HPV and speak to your child's health care provider about immunizations. Website information is available at http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/DiseasesandVaccines/HumanPapillomavirushPV

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