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The Health Services Department works with students, parents, and teachers to help make each student a healthier learner.

Health Alerts:

Measles alert from Public Health of Seattle and King County:

There are confirmed cases of measles in Washington State and King County.

If your student has not had the required vaccination, now would be a good time to consider getting this vaccination. Please be aware that, if there is a case of measles in your child’s school, students not fully vaccinated may not be allowed to attend school for at least 21 days after exposure to the virus.

If you have questions about your student’s vaccination status please contact your health care provider. More information about measles and vaccines is available on the Seattle/King County Health Department website.

Enterovirus D68 reported in King County

Read more on the King County Health Department webpage

What parents need to know – CDC webpage

Ebola – what you need to know

Read more on the King County Health Department

Our district employs 20 certificated School Nurses who perform a variety of duties including: assessing student health needs, providing inservice trainings for staff and students, conducting health screenings, overseeing maintenance of student health and immunization records, administering medications, providing emergency first aid and CPR to students and staff, and working with the State Health Department in the control of communicable diseases.

Sue Overton, RN, BSN, NCSN, is the Health Services Coordinator and can be reached at (253) 945-4575 or at: soverton@fwps.org. DeAnn Kachman is the Health Services Secretary and can be contacted by calling (253) 945-4576 or at: dkachman@fwps.org.

In addition to School Nurses, Health Services has Licensed Health Care Specialists (RNs or LPNs) and Health Services Assistants. Licensed Health Care Specialists are assigned to one or two buildings that have students with ongoing medical needs that require a nurse. Health Services Assistants support the school and the School Nurse by doing such tasks as dispensing medication to students, providing first aid to ill or injured students, and documenting health room activity.

Required Immunizations. The State of Washington requires certain immunizations in order for children to attend school.

The immunization requirements for the 2013-2014 school year for school age children is available here – Vaccines Required for School Attendance. The immunization requirements for childcare- and preschool-age children is available here – Vaccines Required for Preschool Attendance.

Home/Hospital Instruction. Home/Hospital is a State funded program that provides one-on-one tutoring for students too ill to attend school for a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 18 weeks per year. Students about to deliver a baby and students with certain mental health conditions may also be eligible to receive tutoring. Applications are available at every school and at the Health Services office. The forms are completed by the student’s health care provider and submitted to Health Services. Applications are reviewed by the Coordinator of Health Services. If the application is approved, a certificated tutor is then assigned to the student. Approved students are tutored a maximum of 3 hours per week.

Information and Resources:

Web Sites to Access Services and More Information:

Disclaimer: The inclusion of any web site does not imply endorsement by Federal Way Public Schools. Seek the advice of your child’s health care provider before you act or rely upon any information from these resources.

Public Health – Seattle & King County  (253) 838-4557Apple Health for Kids  1-877-543-7669American Academy of Pediatrics
Multi-Service Center  (253) 838-6810Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis NetworkUnited Way of King County  (206) 461-3700
Crisis Clinic  1-800-244-5767Washington Poison Center  1-800-222-1222Washington Department of Health
Mary Bridge Childrens Hospital  (253) 403-1400Catholic Community Services  1-800-722-3479Children’s Hospital of Seattle  (206) 526-2000
American Cancer SocietyAmerican Diabetes AssociationAmerican Red Cross
Center for Disease ControlChildren and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderHealthfinder
US Consumer Products Safety CommissionWashington Feast (Food Allergy; Eczema; and Asthma SupportMayo Clinic

 

How to contact your child’s school nurse. To locate your child’s school nurse, click here.

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