Hello Meridian Park Families,
My name is Tama Leahy and I am the Meridian Park Elementary School Nurse. I have been a school nurse in the Shoreline School District since 2013. I enjoy working with students, families, and staff members to create a safe, healthy, welcoming environment for everyone in our community.
Please use this site as a resource for health information and as a place where you can find forms and requirements.
Please keep me informed of changes in your child's health. Additionally, please keep your contact and emergency contact information up to date by notifiying the school registrar of any changes.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact me.
In good health,
Tama Leahy, RN
My Contact Information:
NOTE: During remote learning, email is the best way to contact me. Phone calls will be returned within one day.
(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.
Public Health Recommendations for Staying Healthy in the Midst of Rising COVID-19 Activity
Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends residents take the following actions and precautions to help keep our families, friends and neighbors healthy and safe this fall and winter:
- Get your flu shot. Learn more and find a free/low-cost flu shot clinic HERE.
- Mask up! Wear your cloth face covering, even with people you see regularly and in your smallest social circles.
- Keep gatherings very small and hold them outside whenever possible.
- Avoid indoor social gatherings, but if you must participate, wear a mask and keep windows and doors open to maximize ventilation.
- Check out the new guidance and checklist for safer gatherings for more tips.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.
- Stay home if you’re sick or if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.
- Remember to practice compassion during this time for yourself and others. We are all in this together – six feet apart!
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.