HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED
- Emergency care plans for students with life-threatening conditions, such as severe allergies, asthma, cardiac conditions, diabetes, and seizures
- Individual health plans 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 100 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
- 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 RSD web-site) 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 Riverview Special Services at 425-844-4516, and they will put you in contact with the appropriate district nurse.
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 www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/immunize/forms and stays with your student's records at school. For more information on immunizations, contact your child's health care provider or the Seattle-King County Health Department at http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/default.htm
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.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/diseases/influenza/default.htm.
HEAD LICE INFORMATION
Infection control experts have determined that head lice are not a health hazard and are not responsible for the spread of any disease. Infestation is primarily a nuisance rather than a major threat to a student's well-being. Approaches to treating and controlling the spread of head lice have evolved over the years and continue to do so. Immediate or long-term exclusion is no longer recommended.
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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/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/348-187_HumanPapillomavirusVaccineFactsheet.pdf
IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE FORMS