Nurse's Corner

Meg Watson, RN
mawatson@seattleschools.org
206-252-7147 (direct line)
206-743-3124 (secure fax line)


Welcome to Graham Hill!

We strive to keep all students safe and healthy. Thank you for your participation and awareness in our all-school health and safety plan.

When to keep your child home from school information is at the bottom of this page.


Common Forms

Health services forms are available here.


Medications at School

Students who take medications regularly at school or who need any medicines at school on an occasional basis must have an Authorization for Medication Form on file with the school nurse. This includes Tylenol and Ibuprofen, as well as allergy medications and inhalers. Complete the parent section, and ask your medical provider for a confirming signature. Or, you can return the form with the top section completed directly to me and I will fax it to your doctor/clinic for their authorization. This form must be renewed each school year and allows students to leave medicines, in their original containers, in the nurse office.

NO medications at school? NO need to return the medication authorization form!

If your student was caught in a disaster and stranded at school for several days would they have their needed medications? Families are strongly encouraged to keep a 3-day disaster supply of medications (in original containers) at school with the nurse.


Immunizations

Immunizations are important to keep all our students safe and healthy and are required for continued attendance at school. Immunizations are available from your provider/clinic, and many pharmacies. Contact me for questions or to update your student's immunization status.

While not required for school attendance students are also encouraged by the CDC to have the meningococcal vaccine at age 11, and the HPV vaccine to prevent illness and disease. Please speak to your provider to make a decision about when your child should get these vaccines.

While not required for school attendance students are also encouraged by the CDC to have the meningococcal vaccine at age 11, and the HPV vaccine to prevent illness and disease. Please speak to your provider to make a decision about when your child should get these vaccines.

http://www.cdc.gov/hpv/vaccine.html

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/who-vaccinate.htm


Vision and Hearing

These screenings are routinely done throughout the year, but can also be done anytime upon request. I will inform you if your child does not pass these screenings.


Dental Education

I will be doing dental education in grades K-3. This includes a brushing and cavity prevention lesson, and a quick look in each child’s mouth. If I notice dental decay at any point in the year, I will let you know. I have a list of dental providers in the area if you need a referral. We also have the King County Public Health Dental Sealant program, which places sealants on 2nd graders, and rechecks sealants on third graders that were placed the year before. This is a consent required opportunity, so please return the forms when they come home if you need or want these sealants. For concerns or questions, please call me.


When to Stay Home from School

It is our goal for students to attend classes every day school is in session. However, there are times when students need to stay home for their own health and/or the health and safety of others. Below are some guidelines to help families decide when to keep students at home:

Diagnosed Strep Throat or Bacterial Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Must stay home 24 hours after first dose of antibiotics.

Diarrhea: Three or more loose or watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the student feels ill. Students should stay home for 24 hours after the last watery stool.

Eyes: Draining mucus or pus or eyes that have unusual redness, itchiness or pain not due to injury or allergy.

Fatigue: Students who are unusually tired, pale, lack appetite, or who are difficult to wake, confused, or unusually irritable.

Fever: Temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.7 degrees Celcius. Students need to stay home for 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal without the help of fever-reducing medicationssuch as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.

Live Lice: Students may return to school once treatment has begun. Nits do not prevent school attendance.

Persistent Coughing: Students with a persistent coughing should stay home.

Rash: Unknown origin or those known to be contagious such as ringworm, impetigo or scabies. Students may return to school as soon as treatment has begun.

Vomiting: Two or more times during the last 24 hours, especially if the student feels ill. Students should stay home for 24 hours after the last time they vomited.

If your student shows any of the above symptoms at school you may be called to pick him/her up. We suggest that you also consult your health care provider.

Please consult your school nurse or health care provider if you are unsure whether or not your student should miss school due to health conditions.

Remember to report the reason for your student’s absence to the office staff or school nurse according to your school’s official policies/procedures.

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