Welcome to Aspire's Health Room

  • 360-412-4733

    Nurse: Tracy Ball, RN tball@nthurston.k12.wa.us
    Health Room Assistant: Jennifer Cortez, LPN jcortez@nthurston.k12.wa.us

    One of the many functions of the health room (nurse’s office) at Aspire is to help keep students healthy and safe during the school day. Included below are some ways parents and guardians may assist with this. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at the number below.

    Students with Life Threatening Conditions: State Law (RCW 28A.210.320) mandates that students with life-threatening health conditions have medication and/or treatment orders in place in order to attend school. This includes but is not limited to physical conditions such as seizures, severe allergies or asthma, as well as mental illnesses such as severe depression. Please contact the health room for the appropriate paperwork or additional information.

    Immunizations: To attend public school in Washington State, a student must have a signed Certificate of Immunization Status Form showing proof of full immunization, an initiation of a schedule of immunization, or a medical/personal or religious exemption.

    Medication at School: School Districts in Washington State follow a very concise law concerning medication at school. Oral medication (prescription or over the counter) must be accompanied by signed permission from both the parent and physician/dentist. This doctor’s order must accompany the medication on the day it is to be given. All medication must be in the original container. Please contact the health room for the appropriate paperwork or additional assistance.

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.