Welcome to the Salish Health Room!
Please contact the Health Room if you have questions or concerns regarding immunizations, vision and hearing results, medications, health conditions, or treatments. Please remember that it is important to notify the Nurse if your student has any medical changes that could affect their care at school. This may include any new diagnoses such as asthma or diabetes.
Life-Threatening Health Conditions: Many students have health conditions such as bee or peanut allergies, severe asthma, diabetes, seizures, or heart conditions that may cause life-threatening emergencies 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.
Are your kids ready for school? To go to school in Washington, students must show that they've had immunizations or file a legal exemption with the school. Make sure your children are up-to-date on their immunizations.
Vision and Hearing: If you have concerns about your child's vision or hearing, please feel free to contact the Health Room.
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* Washington Department of Health's Immunization Website (includes information on the 2019 MMR exemption policy change and 2020 updates)
- North Thurston Public School's Policy on Medication Administration (PDF)
- North Thurston Public Schools Policies on Immunization: Policy 3413 & 3413P
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.