Welcome to the Health Room!

  • 360-412-4712

    Nurse: Glenda Van Haitsma RN, BSN gvanhaitsma@nthurston.k12.wa.us
    Health Room Assistant: Angie Stockdale astockdale@nthurston.k12.wa.us

    Remember that it is important to notify the Health Room as soon as possible if your student has any medical changes that could affect their care during the school day. This may include any new diagnoses such as asthma, diabetes, or a severe allergy.

    Life Threatening Health Conditions: Many students have health conditions such as bee sting or peanut allergies, severe asthma, diabetes, seizures, or heart conditions that may cause a life-threatening emergency during the school day. These students must have a plan, including medication and/or treatment orders, in place prior to the first day they will attend school. Please contact the Health Room for the necessary forms.

    Is your student ready for school? To attend school in Washington, students must show proof that their immunizations are current or file a legal exemption with the school. Please make sure that your child is up-to-date on their immunizations.

District Health Information

When should I keep my child home?

  • The most important thing you can do to prevent illness is for you and your child to wash your hands often with water and soap. Keep yours and your emergency contact information current at your school in case your student becomes ill at school. Questions? Reach out to your school nurse!

    • Fever: Does your child have a fever over 100 F degrees orally? Their temperature should remain normal (below 99.6 F degrees) for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
    • Sore Throat: Is the sore throat accompanied by fever, headache, stomachache, or swollen glands?
    • Vomiting: Has your child vomited two or more times in a 24-hour period?
    • Diarrhea: Has there been more than two occurrences in a 24-hour period?
    • Eyes: Are your child's eyes crusty, bright red, and/or discharging yellow or green fluid?
    • Nasal Discharge (yellow or greenish): Is there colorful nasal mucus that is accompanied by a fever or other symptoms of an upper respiratory infection?
    • Cough: Does your child have a persistent, productive cough?
    • Appearance/Behavior: Is your child unusually tired, pale, has a lack of appetite, difficulty waking up, or confused?
    • Rash: Does your child have a body rash not associated with heat, eczema, or an allergic reaction to medication?

    If you answer YES to any of these questions, please keep your child home from school and consider seeking medical attention.