Health Services Overview
The Health Services Department works in collaboration with students, parents, and teachers to help make each scholar a healthier learner.
Our district employs 22 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.
Kerrie Vespaziani is the Director of Health Services and can be contacted by calling (253)945-4575 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Misha Ruffin is the Health Services Secretary and can be contacted by calling (253) 945-4576 or at: email@example.com.
Required Immunizations. The State of Washington requires certain immunizations in order for children to attend school.
- The immunization requirements for the 2020/21 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.
Medications at School. In order for your child to receive medication during the school day, the following form needs to be completed and returned to your child’s school along with the medication. Medication Form for Federal Way Public Schools
How to contact your child’s school nurse
To locate your child’s school nurse, click here.
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.
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.