Welcome to the River Ridge Health Room

  • (360) 412-4830

    Nurse: Dianna Zander, RN dzander@nthurston.k12.wa.us
    Health Room Assistant: Wendy Ploegman wploegman@nthurston.k12.wa.us

    We are here to help your students with medications, health issues, and any other concerns that you or your student may have that impacts their health and learning

    Military Students: Madigan's School-Based Health Clinic is here!

    Military students at River Ridge can have some of their medical appointments at the clinic right at school without having to go to Madigan! See the Madigan Clinic Page

    Life Threatening 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 a school day. These students must have a plan, including medication and/or treatment orders in place prior to the first day of that they will attend school. Please contact us for the necessary forms, and we will be happy to help you in this process to ensure your child's safety while at school.

    Are Your Kids Ready for School?

    To go to school in Washington, students must show they've had immunizations, or file a legal exemption with the school. Make sure 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 extrememly important that we have a way to reach you!

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. 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.

Last Modified on September 3, 2021