Health Services Overview
Welcome to Shoreline School District Health Services!
The health and well-being of students is critical to their engagement and success in school. Shoreline School District has a Registered Nurse in every building who works daily to promote student health and wellness.
Your school nurse responds to student injuries and illness, manages chronic health conditions, works to prevent infectious disease, and is a resource for students, parents and staff. If you have any question about your student’s health, your school nurse should be your first contact.
(New 10/8/21) New Guidance for Families on When to Stay Home:
New guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health - Seattle & King County regarding when to stay home and for how long, can be found here. Shoreline School District will continue to follow guidance from these Public Health professionals to keep our school communities safe and healthy. Testing for COVID-19 is available in multiple locations. If you need further assistance or have questions, contact your school nurse.
(New 9/22/21) New Guidance for Families on When to Stay Home:
At Shoreline Public Schools, we are committed to keeping our school communities safe and healthy. You can help us do that by keeping your student home and getting them tested for COVID-19 when they have one or more COVID-like symptoms (listed below) for any duration. More can be found here.
(New 5/28/21) Access your family's immunization information (including COVID):
You can have direct access to your student's (and your own) immunization record through MyIR mobile. It allows you to always have records for school, camps, and childcare. COVID vaccine records are also included in the new version of the system. For more information, go to the Washington State Department of Health.
(New 5/14/21) COVID Vaccines Available at Shoreline Center:
UW Medicine is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Shoreline Center. You do not have to be a current UW Medicine patient and there is no charge for the vaccine. Information on how to make an appointment can be found here.
(New 3/02/21) COVID vaccine information - updated 3/24/21:
For current information on COVID vaccines, including eligibility and availablity, please visit the Public Health - Seattle & King County website.
(New 1/22/21) Updated informtion from Public Health - Seattle & King County:
As of January 18, 2020, all older adults in Washington state over the age of 65 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. People 50 and older who live in multigenerational households are also eligible if they meet certain conditions. Due to limited supply of vaccine, not everyone will be able to access a vaccine right away. Access will improve as the supply chain widens and providers in King County receive more doses. Read more about the expanded vaccination eligibility and view Public Health's Vaccine Strategy.
For more resources and information about COVID-19, please visit the Public Health - Seattle & King County COVID-19 Resources page.
(New 11/13/20) Public Health – Seattle & King County Holiday Advisory
COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly in King County. The rate of new infections per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days has risen to 212 as of yesterday, which is the highest level recorded to date. Hospitalizations are rising as well and are expected to further increase as cases continue at high levels.
With holidays around the corner, Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends residents take the following actions and precautions during the holidays to help keep our families, friends and neighbors healthy:
- Avoid unnecessary activities, gatherings and travel.
- Limit the number, size and duration of contacts with others. If visiting indoors, open windows and doors to increase air flow.
- Wear a face mask when around people outside of your household.
- Stay at least six feet apart from people outside of your household.
- Current guidance is to limit gatherings to five people outside of the household per week. Holiday celebrations should ideally be household members only.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol often.
- Stay home and away from others if you are sick except to get medical care.
- Get a flu shot to prevent influenza.
It's more important than ever to get your family vaccinated against the flu. The flu vaccine can prevent your family from getting sick with flu during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Health recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone aged six months and older, including pregnant and nursing women, and people at higher risk for flu complications. Even children who learn virtually this fall should get a flu vaccine. You can also help prevent both COVID-19 and flu by washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, covering your coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick, and wearing cloth face coverings when around other people.
Your family should get vaccinated for flu early in the fall, and preferably by the end of October. It is best to get vaccinated before flu viruses start to spread in your community. Flu vaccines are available for the whole flu season at many locations near you, with guidelines in place to safely give vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. To find a vaccine clinic, click here. All children aged 18 and under in Washington can get flu vaccine and other recommended vaccines at no cost. The provider may charge a fee (called an administration fee) to give the vaccine. You can ask them to waive this fee if you cannot afford it. Remember, we may not have a vaccine yet for COVID-19, but we do have a vaccine for the flu. For more information, please visit www.knockoutflu.org
Questions or need more information? Contact your school nurse.
For information on why the flu vaccine is so important this year, please watch this video from Public Health - Seattle & King County.
**Note: Seattle Visiting Nurse Association is hosting drive-through flu shot clinics at North Seattle College and various Seattle schools. Families can schedule an appointment and register here.
***UPDATE FOR IMMUNIZATION COMPLIANCE DURING ON-LINE LEARNING
All immunization documentation should be turned in to your school by the first day of attendance (September 2nd for Grades 1-12 and September 8th for kindergarten and preschool). Valid documentation includes medical records showing vaccination, evidence of immunity to the disease the vaccine prevents, or a completed Certificate of Exemption (COE) form.
For this school year:
- Shoreline School District WILL NOT exclude any student from ON-LINE learning activities for missing immunizations or exemption paperwork.
- Shoreline School District WILL exclude students from IN-PERSON learning for missing immunizations or exemption paperwork. In-person learning includes being on campus for any reason, including childcare, small group work or extracurricular activities.
Please contact your school nurse for individual questions about your student's immunizations. More about current immunization compliance from the Department of Health can be found here.
IMMUNIZATION CLINIC INFORMATION AROUND KING COUNTY CAN BE FOUND HERE.
Please see our Shoreline School District novel coronavirus webpage for up-to-date information.
New Immunization Rules coming August 2020
Starting for students enrolling in August 2020, all immunizations submitted to schools must be medically-verified. Examples of medically-verified immunization records include:
- A Certificate of Immunization printed from the Washington State Immunization Information System
- A medical record from a healthcare provider with their name and signature
- A medical record with an official health facility or provider logo/stamp (for example, a booklet that is stamped with the date, vaccine and clinic)
- A document from another US state or territory immunization registry
Go here to learn about for more information about medically verified immunization and new changes coming August 2020.
Here is more information about new student enrollment at Shoreline School District.
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