• When to Keep your Student Home - 2021 Version

    Posted by Rachel Brucker on 3/16/2021 9:00:00 AM

    Reasons to keep your student home this year are different than in past years. Shoreline School District will follow guidelines from Public Health - Seattle & King County in deciding when and for how long students and staff need to stay home. 

    Go to Shoreline Schools District's Health Services website for detailed information about when and for how long to keep your student home. Testing for COVID-19 is recommended frequently, even for mild illness. This is one important step in keeping students and staff safe while at school.

    If you have any questions, call Rachel Brucker, nurse at Parkwood at (206) 393-4153 or email (rachel.brucker@shorelineschools.org).

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  • Flu Vaccines are Important this Year!

    Posted by Rachel Brucker on 9/28/2020 5:00:00 AM

    Even though we are not physically in school yet, flu vaccines are still very important this year. Vaccines against flu (influenza) do NOT protect you from COVID-19, however:

    * Protecting your family against flu can protect others in the community from severe illness and hospitalization

    * It is possible to get both influenza and COVID-19. At this point, only one has a vaccine that can prevent illness and lessen severe illness. 

    * COVID-19 symptoms can resemble flu symptoms, and preventing any illness will help any confusion about what the cause of illness is

    CDC recommends everyone over age 6 months be vaccinated each year against the flu.

    Many healthcare providers, including pharmacies, have flu vaccine appointments starting now. 

    Some Local Options:

    ICHS has Saturday vaccine clinics for the next few weeks 9am-1pm - you do not need to be a patient but do need to make an appointment.

    Visiting Nurse Association has DRIVE-THROUGH flu vaccines at North Seattle College (and other locations). You need to make an appointment on-line. 

    For more clinic options, see Public Health - Seattle & King County

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  • COVID-19 Resources

    Posted by Rachel Brucker on 9/2/2020 10:00:00 AM

    The most up-to-date local COVID-19 resources are available here. Free testing sites around King County can be found here, including free home tests through the SCAN Network.

     

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  • New laws for children riding in cars

    Posted by Rachel Brucker on 1/15/2020

    Did you know that NO Parkwood students should be riding in the front seat of the car on their way to school? In the state of Washington, children under age 13 years must ride in the back seat (unless the car has no back seat, or if there are too many children for them all to ride in the back).

     The law about needed restraints also changed on New Year’s Day 2020 – all children younger than 13 years who are under 4 feet 9 inches tall must have a car or booster seat. Wondering if your student has reached this height? Send them in to see the nurse for a measurement!

     Children are not just little adults, and these laws are meant to protect their developing bodies. They are more likely to be injured in a crash for many reasons, including: larger head size in proportion to their body; internal organs that are more exposed since rib cage and pelvic wall are not fully developed; skeletons that have more cartilage than adult skeletons, which doesn’t absorb the energy from a crash as well as bone does; and organs that have less protective fat surrounding them. This is why laws are written for children under 13 years, even though many older children and adults are under 4 foot 9 inches.

     

    Other changes in 2020 in car seats affect younger children – find out more here (including references for above information).

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  • Measles in the News

    Posted by Rachel Brucker on 2/7/2019

    Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable viral disease. Shoreline School District has seen NO cases of measles, but with the current outbreak in Washington State many are interested in knowing more about this illness.

    The most up-to-date information about measles in King County can be found here: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/measles.aspx

    More about measles symptoms, how it is spread, and the vaccine can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/index.html

    98% of students at Parkwood are fully immunized against measles, meaning they have had 2 doses of MMR vaccine or have lab evidence that they are immune. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles. If you have questions or concerned about your student's vaccine record, call the school nurse (206) 393-4153.

     

     

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Last Modified on March 16, 2021