Welcome to Lacey Elementary's Health Room!
Nurse: Heather Hancock RN (Thursdays & Fridays all day)
Licensed Practical Nurse: Debbie Anderson LPN (Monday-Friday all day)
Phone: (360) 412-4653
Health Room Assistant: Shelly Thomson (Monday-Friday all day)
If your child has any health concerns, it is important that you inform the Health Room staff. If your child requires medications at school - like oral medication, asthma inhaler, or has any special needs - please inform the Health Room. Parent permission and an Authorization for Medication at School form are required to give medications/treatments at school. This form can be picked up in the Health Room.
Don't forget to let the Health Room know if your child has a new diagnoses that may affect him or her at school (such as asthma or diabetes).
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 that they will attend school. Please contact the health room for the necessary forms.
Vision and Hearing: Screenings are with students in kindergarten, first, second, third, and fifth grades annually. Ongoing referrals from teachers are tested throughout the year. If a concern shows up, parents will be contacted. If you have questions about this procedure, please contact the Health Room.
Hand Washing: One of the most effective things that a child can do to keep healthy and free of disease is to wash their hands. Although hand cleaning and basic hygiene habits are learned in early childhood, many kids just don't do it and this spreads germs! Viruses and bacteria that cause cold, flu, and other diseases keep your child out of school. The CDC reports that infectious disease accounts for close to 22 million lost days of school each year. Encourage your child to wash their hands often, use warm water and soap rubbing all surfaces well for 20 seconds, then rise and dry well.
District Health Information
All health rooms will be available before school starts to drop off required paperwork and medications that need to be on file before your child can start school, such as epi-pens, diabetes orders and supplies, and critical medications. All students with life-threatening conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, seizures) need to have orders and medications in before they can attend school. If you have any questions, call your school's Health Room or Office.*NEW* Effective 8/1/20: All students must be compliant with updated state immunization rules in order to attend the first day of school. Please see the Department of Health website for information. A letter was also emailed to all parents on 6/1/20.
- Thurston County Department of Health Immunization Website
- Thurston County: How can I get my child vaccinated? (PDF in English & Spanish)
- WA State Immunization Information (includes fall 2020 information)
- District Policy on Immunization: Policy 3413 & 3413P
- District Policy on Medication at School: Policy 3416 & 3416P
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. Remember to keep the school updated with new phone numbers and emergency contacts in case your students becomes ill at school. Any questions please call your school nurse.
- Fever: Does your child have a fever over 100 F degrees orally? Temperature should remain normal (below 99.6 F degrees) for 72 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 one occurrence 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, have a lack of appetite, difficult to awaken, or confused?
- Rash: Does your child have a body rash not associated with heat, eczema, or an allergic reaction to a medication?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, please keep your child home from school and consider seeking medical attention.