• COVID-19 Vaccines for children 5-11 years

    Posted by Rachel Brucker on 11/4/2021 12:00:00 PM

    Shoreline Fire Department will offer COVID-19 vaccines to students age 5-11 years old on Novermber 6 and 7th. Parkwood families can arrive Sunday morning 9am - 10:30am. 

    More information about this event can be found here.

    Have questions about the vaccine for your student? Here are some links that offer information about COVID-19 vaccines and children.

    King County Public Health Insider

    Public Health Collaborative

    American Academy of Pediatrics

    Vaccine Locator


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  • When to Stay Home - Fall 2021 Version

    Posted by Rachel Brucker on 10/21/2021 9:35:00 AM

    Confused about when to stay home for illness this year? And when you need a COVID test?

    Shoreline School District follows public health guidelines for returning to school. 

    The requirements are: stay home and isolate for ANY symptoms of COVID. This includes runny nose/congestion!

    If at all possible, take your student for a COVID test (PCR only), on the first day they are home. This will help with getting them back to school sooner.

    The only time they do NOT need a COVID test to return after having possible symptoms is if they have one of the following symptoms that lasts less than 24 hours: congestion/runny nose, headache, sore throat, fatigue, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.

    Students that have any fever, new cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, or muscle/body aches must have a negative COVID test (PCR only) to return.

    The other option is to keep your student home for 10 days from the start of their illness OR to have a documented alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider about the current symptoms.

    COVID tests are free and readily available, and generally come back within 1-2 days. Rapid tests or home tests are NOT accepted. Shoreline School District will soon have a testing site at the former North City Elementary School. Announcement about this will follow shortly.

    Some other options for testing are University of Washington (closest sites at 120th/Aurora or Northwest Hospital), Curative Labs (closest site at Northgate Community Center). You can also call your primary care provider to see if they will do this testing. King County has a list of additional locations.

    Call or email the Parkwood nurse at 206-393-4153 or Rachel.brucker@shorelineschools.org with questions.

    These strict illness guidelines are helping to keep our schools open! Thank you for doing your part!

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  • 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 November 4, 2021