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Health Services

Health Services Overview

Welcome to Shoreline School District Health Services!

The health and well-being of students is critical to their engagement and success in school.  Shoreline School District has a Registered Nurse in every building who works daily to promote student health and wellness.

Your school nurse responds to student injuries and illness, manages chronic health conditions, works to prevent infectious disease, and is a resource for students, parents and staff. If you have any question about your student’s health, your school nurse should be your first contact.

 

Current News

(New 3/18/24) New COVID and Respiratory Illness Guidance

The Washington State Department of Health has updated its guidance for COVID and other respiratory illnesses. Read the press release here, and the full guidance can be found here.  

(New 12/20/23) Respiratory Illness is on the Rise

This is recent information from Public Health - Seattle & King County about the recent rise of different respiratory illness: "We’ve seen an increasing number of visits to local emergency rooms for cases of influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and COVID-19 in King County. Now’s the time to take easy steps to help prevent you and your family from getting sick. Click here for more information,   

(New 9/25/23) Order your free home COVID Tests 

Starting TODAY (Monday 9/25/23), everyone can again order FOUR FREE COVID tests to be shipped to your home. More information and the link for ordering can be found here: https://www.covid.gov/tests

(New 8/25/23) Immunizations for School

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) determines all laws and regulations related to immunizations at school and child care. Find what is required at the DOH School and Childcare Immunization page. Information about exemptions is available as well. Students MUST be up-to-date on the first day of school, or they are not allowed to attend.

If your student needs additional immunizations before the first day, contact your doctor or clinic TODAY. If you do not have a doctor or clinic, here are some options:

- ICHS is hosting an immunization clinic for Shoreline students on Tuesday August 29, 10-12am and 1 - 1:30pm. Appointments are strongly encouraged. More information has been sent out via ParentSquare. Sign up for an appointment here. Parent/guardian must be with children aged 17 years and younger. 

- Public Health -  Seattle & King County has a list of immunization clinics. Many of the back-to-school clinics are in the south end of King County. There are additional clinics options under the heading "Find a vaccination provider for uninsured/underinsured children."

- Most pharmacies in the area provide vaccinations. Pharmacies will take insurance, but they can be expensive if you do not have insurance. Call first to be sure they have the vaccine that you need, and find information regarding cost/insurance.

Communicate with your school nurse if you have questions about needed vaccinations!

(New 11/7/22) Ways to keep your student healthy

For the first time in two years, we are heading into the winter without a mask mandate and no indoor distancing. Respiratory viruses are circulating, with more to come. But there are some things you can do to protect yourself and your family in the months ahead.

Get vaccinated! The new COVID booster is available for everyone 5 years and older. This is the best way to protect against severe COVID disease. And get your annual influenza (flu) vaccine as soon as possible. They are recommended for people aged 6 months and older. Flu is predicted to start earlier and affect more people than in recent years. It has already started to circulate in King County. You can get both vaccines at the same time!

Encourage handwashing! Teach your student the steps to wash their hands, and encourage them to wash hands and apply hand sanitizer when needed. If you need some help, here are some videos you can watch together: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/videos.html Also encourage your child to keep their hands away from their nose, mouth and eyes.

Consider masking, especially at times of increased community COVID-19. Many students and staff are choosing to continue to wear face masks as protection for themselves and others. Masks are still required in all healthcare facilities in Washington State, including school health offices.

A recent Public Health Insider newsletter has more information about this year's possible "Tri-demic".

(New 10/14/22) New System for Immunization Tracking:

Shoreline School District has changed our method for tracking student immunization compliance. The new method is through the Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS). The Washington IIS is a lifetime registry that keeps track of immunization records for children and adults in Washington State. Most healthcare providers and schools in the state are currently using it. Moving to this system benefits students and families with a complete immunization record held in a centralized system. More information is available about the WAIIS, and the related School Module.