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    Meg Watson, RN
    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 are required for attendance at school, and are important to keep all our school community healthy. 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.

    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 medications such 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. Please review “Coughing into the Elbow” with your student.

    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.

    Additional Resources

    Visit our district services webpage for information about head lice, how to know when your child is too sick for school, and more. Visit SPS Health Services

    School-Based Health Center (SBHC)

    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.
    King County School Health