Student Health Services
Cheryl Greathouse & Margaret Gibson, the school district nurses, serve the students in our schools according to a schedule available at any of the schools. The school district carries on an active and comprehensive health services program. The health status of the child bears a direct relationship to the childs ability to profit from educational experiences.
Washington State Law requires full immunization of all students enrolled in the District through the age of 18. Immunization must be completed before the first day of school. Students may be exempted from the requirements for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons. A physician’s signature needs to accompany a waiver for medical purposes; a parent’s or guardian’s signature for religious or philosophical reasons. Immunization forms are available at your child’s school or from Whatcom County Public Health Department 360-384-1528 or 360-676-6720
Does your child have a “medical home”?
A “medical home” is a partnership between a family and their child's primary doctor that is based on mutual trust and respect so that the family feels supported in meeting their child’s medical needs. A medical home is not a building, house, or hospital, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive health care.
Research has shown that all children benefit from annual visits with their doctor. Here are five reasons why:
So, how do I get a medical home for my child?
The Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access (WAHA) is a local, non-profit community service that can give you more information on these health insurance options.
POLICY ON ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS TO STUDENTS
Parents are encouraged to give medication outside of school hours whenever possible. If a child has to take medicine during school hours, the medicine must be labeled with the original prescription. This includes the child’s name, date, name of physician, name of the drug, dosage, when and how to take the medication. A Medication Authorization Form must be completed and signed by parent and physician, regardless of whether the medication is prescription or non prescription. Forms may be obtained from school office personnel or school nurses. The medication must be delivered to school by parent, in the original labeled container.The child must be responsible to go to the office to take the medicine at the prescribed times. If a student chooses to self-administer a medication, a Medication Authorization Form must also be signed by physician and parent. Medication Authorization Forms need to be renewed annually. If these above guidelines are not followed, the school district may deny request for medication administration.
Unfortunately, school personnel do come in contact with children who have been victims of child abuse. By State law (RCW26.44.040), when professional school personnel have "reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered child abuse or neglect, he shall report such incident, or cause a report to be made, to the proper law enforcement agency or to the department of social and health service." The law continues, "Any other person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered child abuse or neglect may report such incident to the proper law enforcement agency or to the department of social and health services."
The local telephone number for child protection is 360-354-4183.
General Health Information
We like to see healthy children at school. For the protection of all students, including your child, the following guidelines should be followed:
If a child becomes ill at school, symptoms are noted but not treated and the parent is notified to pick up the child. In the event of a serious injury, parents are contacted for direction; if it is impossible to contact the parents, medical assistance will be obtained.
The school office should be made aware of children with known medical or health problems.