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  • The school nurse is available from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. He may be reached directly by calling the Health Office phone number (206-393-4176).

    He provides routine screening checks for growth, vision, hearing, dental, and scoliosis. A symptom of a communicable illness or a health condition that may affect learning may also be detected at school. The nurse will consult the parent about these concerns, or he will request that the parent contact the student's health care provider for advice.

    To promote wellness, the school nurse working with the classroom teacher, shares health knowledge with students. If a student has a health condition that requires an adjustment in the educational program, the school nurse assists in providing services.

    Some families may qualify and benefit from medical and dental services available through a Public Health Clinic in the district. Contact the school nurse regarding this service.

    THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN RETAINS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTH CARE FOR THE STUDENT.

    HEALTH SCREENINGS

    • Height, Weight and Vision Screening is provided for all grades.
    • Hearing and Color Blind Testing are provided for Kindergarten students.
    • Scoliosis Screening is provided for fifth grade students and new sixth grade students.
    • Dental Screening is provided as scheduled by King County Department of Public Health.

    ACCIDENTS AND ILLNESSES AT SCHOOL

    The nurse maintains a health office where students get first aid and temporary sick care. The parent or "contact person" on the enrollment form is notified. If your child has a temperature, please do not send the child to school. Parents should not request that students stay in at recess except in EXTREME circumstances.

    If no one is available to come for the student, we will use our best judgment on whether to call a doctor or to keep the student at school. The school staff will use their best judgment in determining if 911 emergency paramedics should be called.

    It is very important to keep the school informed when there are any changes in who should be called in case of an illness or an emergency.

    The Shoreline School District medication policy is governed by Washington State Law and applies to all schools. Please try to schedule medicine so it can be taken at home. If the student must have medicine during school hours, please do the following to meet school law and safety needs for your child:

    All medicine must be in its prescription bottle labeled with the child's name, drug name and dosage and instructions for time and amount to be given. Your pharmacist can give you labeled bottles for home and school.

    The "Medication at School" form must be filled out and signed by a physician and signed by the parent. It will be kept with the medicine container at school. PLEASE DO NOT PUT ANY KIND OF MEDICINE, INCLUDING ASPIRIN, VITAMINS, AND COUGH DROPS IN YOUR CHILD'S LUNCH BOX. Unidentified medicine and single pills cannot be given at school. Medicine must be given under the guidance of the nurse and following written instructions of parent and physician.

    If you have any questions or need a "Medication at School" form, please contact the nurse's office.

    HEAD LICE POLICY – Effective date 9/2012

    Based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, American Pediatric Association, and Seattle King County Health Dept., Shoreline nurses will be using the following guidelines for helping parents as they deal with lice and nits.

    Biggest change: students will NOT be sent home from school in the middle of the day any longer.

    These changes do not put our students at more risk for getting head lice. Lice are harder to catch than the common cold and have NO health risks.

    By changing our policy we hope to decrease: *Emotionallychargedresponses *Fearandbeliefinmyths *Lostworkdays *Unneeded shaming *Toxin use *Burdensome costs *Lost school days

    For suspected cases of Lice or Nits (eggs), school staff will send students to the nurse for a head check:

    If only nits are found at the initial screening or return check:

    1. Nurse notifies parent
    2. Be checked in 8-10 days or at nurse’s discretion.
    3. Be monitored for live lice by parent. Referred for treatment if nits are within 1⁄2 inch of scalp

    If live lice are found:

    1. Student will be referred for treatment at the end of the school day by the nurse.
    2. Parent will be encouraged to consult their physician or pharmacist.
    3. Parent will inspect siblings, family and talk to parents of close contacts to help with control.
    4. Confidentiality of student information will be maintained.

    There will not be classroom checks or classroom letters sent home when nits or live lice are found.

    Health office staff will provide information on:

    Treatment options to parents/guardian
    Education about Lice life cycle.

    Following treatment:
    Students may be checked for evidence of successful treatment or at nurse’s discretion
    Nurses may continue to provide follow up checks and advise parents.

    Contact your school nurse or visit these websites more information:

    http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/110/3/638.full

    http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html

    http://www.nasn.org/PolicyAdvocacy/PositionPapersandReports/NASNPositionStatementsFullView/tabid/462/ArticleId/4 0/Pediculosis-Management-in-the-School-Setting-Revised-2011

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