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Student Health

We are able to offer only minimal first aid treatment (Band-Aids & ice packs only.) We attempt to contact the parent only if we consider an illness or an injury to be serious or contagious. If parents are going to be out of town, we would appreciate a note or phone call telling us who we can contact in case of an emergency.
Parent and Health Professional authorization forms are available below, and/or in the school office, and must be returned to the school office prior to school staff administering any medication to your child. Parents must bring all medication to the school office to be logged in. Medication is not to be sent with your child
If a student must receive any medication during the school day, the school district is required to have on file written authorization from both the child’s parent and health professional. We define medication as ALL drugs, whether prescription or over-the-counter. Requests for administration of oral medication are valid only for the medication and dates listed on the form and in no case shall the request exceed one school year. Students may bring cough drops to class for their own use only with a note from the parent to allow this. All medication must be provided in the original container. Prescription medication labels must include the student’s name, physician’s name, the drug name and dosage. The school district may discontinue the administration of the medication with advance written or oral notification.
The principal and nurse plan a program of first aid care for students. If your student is injured or too ill to remain at school, he or she will be sent home only after the school has contacted you or the emergency contact person on the enrollment form when you are unavailable. If no one is available, the student will remain at school. If immediate care is needed, school personnel will act as a substitute parent and obtain help.

Washington State law enacted June 13, 2002, provides for the safety and health of children during the school day. The law defines a life-threatening condition as “a health condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order and a nursing plan are not in place”. Children with life-threatening conditions such as severe bee sting or food allergies, severe asthma, unstable diabetes, severe seizures, etc., are now required to have a medication or treatment order and nursing plan in place before they start school. The medication or treatment order must be from the child’s licensed health care provider.
If a medication or treatment order is not provided, the chief administrator of the school is required to exclude the child until such order has been provided. This requirement applies to students with a life-threatening condition who are new to the district, and students who are already attending the school. Our exclusion procedures are in accordance with the rules (WACs) of the State Board of Education.

It is vital to your child’s safety during the school day that if your child has a life-threatening health condition that may require medical services to be performed at school, you immediately notify your school principal or school nurse. The necessary forms will be provided and a time will be arranged for you to meet with the school nurse. 
In order to protect children against certain vaccine-preventable diseases, Washington State Law (WAC 246-105) requires that all new students to the district have medically verified immunization records on file at the school they attend BEFORE OR ON THE FIRST DAY OF ATTENDANCE. Parents must complete and sign a state Certificate of Immunization Status. A parent who objects to immunizations for religious or philosophical reasons must sign a certificate of exemption which requires a signature by your healthcare provider. In the event of an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease for which your child is exempted, your child will be excluded from school for the duration of the outbreak. Physician documentation of measles disease will no longer fulfill the measles requirement.

Required immunizations per the Washington State Department of Health for the 2022-23 school year are:

HEPATITIS B......... 3 doses required for entrance into kindergarten through 12th grade

DTaP/Td/Tdap....... 5 doses required for entrance into kindergarten through 12th grade

Tdap ...................... 1 dose required for grades 6-12

POLIO (IPV/OPV).. 4 doses required for entrance into kindergarten through 12th grade

MMR....................... 2 doses required for entrance into kindergarten through 12th grade

VARICELLA........... 2 doses required for entrance into kindergarten through 12th grade. Further information on vaccination requirements is available from the school office or the Washington State Department of Health

RCW 28A.230.070 provides that students shall receive AIDS education at least once each school year beginning no later than the fifth grade and each school district shall, at least one month before teaching AIDS prevention education in any classroom, provide opportunities for parents and guardians of students receiving AIDS prevention education to review the curricula and materials. These materials are available from the grade 5-12 science teachers or may be reviewed by contacting the principal.