Welcome to the South Sound Health Room!
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 or information.
Are your kids ready for school? To attend school in Washington, students must show that they are fully immunized, or file an exemption with the school district. Make sure that your children are up-to-date on their immunizations.
Reminder about Medications: All medications that need to be given at school, including prescription and over-the-counter medications (medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, even cough drops), must be accompanied by an Authorization for Administration of Medication at School form. This form must be signed by both the parent and the physician/dentist. Medication cannot be given to your child without this completed form. Authorization forms need to be updated at the start of each new school year. Forms can be obtained by calling the Health Room.
Vision and Hearing: If you have concerns about your child's vision or hearing, please contact the Health Room.
Emergency Contact Information: Please keep yours and your emergency contact's information up-to-date with the front office. It is extremely important that we have a way to reach you!
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.