The nurse is a liaison between school and home, medical and community agencies. They plan and deliver health and emergency services, complete health screenings, supervise administration of prescribed medicines, plan health care for chronically ill students, and manage communicable disease outbreaks. They are team members for special education, Child Find, and a resource for alcohol and drug abuse. School nurses may visit homes and collaborate with parents and staff to enhance student success.
Nurses can be reached by calling the following phone number: (253) 566-5649, or call your child's school and ask to speak with the school nurse.
Health Screening - Height, weight, vision, hearing and dental screening is conducted in grades K-3, and 5-7. Screening is not intended to replace routine physical exams by a health care provider. A referral will be sent home if screening results are below normal and follow-up by parents will be expected within 30 days.
Student Health - The status of a child’s health bears a direct relation to the child’s ability to profit from the educational experience and to be successful in the classroom.
Immunizations - All students must have required immunizations against diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DTaP/DPT/TD), polio, measles (rubeola), rubella and mumps (MMR). All students must have had the hepatitis B vaccine. All entering preschool-12 students must have all age appropriate vaccines including: 2 MMR's, 2 varicella or HCP verifies student has had disease. Religious/philosophical exemptions must be signed by a parent/guardian, and medical exemptions must be signed by a physician.
Life Threatening Health Conditions- Students who have a health problem which could become life threatening, such as severe food allergies or bee sting, asthma, diabetes, seizures, cardiac conditions, or other health conditions, must talk with a District School Nurse in August to make sure care plans and medications (Epi-pens, inhalers, and all other medications) are at the school prior to the first day of school. Students that are known to have such medical problems will not be allowed to start school until this process is completed.
Emergency information - A parent/guardian must complete an emergency information form for a student each school year. Immediately notify the school of changes in address, phone, alternate contacts or doctor.
Medications at School - If prescription or non prescription medicine must be taken at school, including inhalers, notify the school nurse/health assistant and provide written parent and doctor orders. All medication must be in an original pharmacy container with the doctor’s directions on the label. (Form - Physician's Orders for Medication at School). All Oral medication to be taken at school must be kept in the health room.
Keep an ill child home - Keep a child home from school when he/she has a fever, is vomiting, has diarriah, has an undiagnosed rash, or has been ill within the past 24 hours. Notify the school when the child has a communicable disease. (See “Control of communicable diseases.”)
Home/Hospital instruction is provided to students who are temporarily unable to attend school for an estimated period of four weeks or more because of a physical and/or mental disability or illness. The program does not provide tutoring to students caring for an infant or a relative who is ill.
Home/hospital is limited to services as deemed necessary to provide temporary intervention as a result of a physical and/or mental disability or illness. Services are limited to a maximum of 18 weeks. Weeks of absences may be consecutive or intermittent but may not exceed the 18-week limit. If a student will exceed the 18-week limit, consultation with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) health services program specialist is required prior to providing extra weeks of tutoring.
Tutoring is not provided during school vacations unless students are enrolled in a district summer school program. Tutoring cannot begin for a student if less than four weeks of school remain.
Prior to providing home/hospital tutoring services, parents/guardians and the students health care provider must complete the Request for Home/Hospital Instruction form and return to the student’s school counselor and/or the University Place School District, Special Services and Programs Department.
Section 504 - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights statute. The purpose of this act is to insure against discrimination in any activity or service, educational or work environment, based on a disability.
In compliance with Section 504, University Place School District has established procedures to assure that these provisions are followed. The link below includes information to assist in development and implementation of 504 accommodation plans for students who qualify for this service.
Each school has a 504 team and coordinator. The team works together to determine eligibility based on an identified disability, how/if the disability affects a major life activity, and if so, accommodations that will be made in the school environment.
If your child has a medically diagnosed disability that you believe would qualify him/her for a 504 accommodation plan, please contact the school where your student attends. You may also contact the district Special Services Department at 253-566-5645 for additional information.