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    Letter from Nurse Mary
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    School NurseDear TOPS K-8 Parents and/or Guardians,

    Plan for your child’s healthcare at TOPS K-8 for the 2018-2019 school year.  

    What you can do this summer: 

    Summer is a great time to make an appointment with for your child to see their health care providers re: health changes or updates, needed immunizations, vision and dental checks and any new medications they may need for school next year.  

    Please: Make summertime health-care appointments for your child today!

    If your child may need medication during school next year (this includes over-the-counter meds like Claritin, Tylenol, Zyrtec, etc), plan to complete a new Authorization for Medications to be Taken at School form this summer with your child’s healthcare provider.  One form is needed for each medication and must be signed by both a parent and healthcare provider. Bring the signed authorization form and the medication (in the original container) to school next fall. 

    Authorization for medications are good for only one academic year! Visit the Seattle Public Schools website for a Medication Authorization form.

    Students who have LIFE THREATENING health conditions (anaphylaxis, diabetes, etc.) are required to have current, signed Authorization for Medication to be Taken at School forms and medications with a pharmacy label at TOPS prior to attending the first day of school. Washington State Law requires this.

    *Try to bring emergency medication with expiration dates after June 2019 for next school year.

    Parents will also be asked to sign an Individual Health Plan (IHP) for their child with emergency instructions for staff, teachers and substitutes.

    Make sure your child is up to date with all legally required immunizations.  Information regarding Washington State vaccine requirements can be found at the Washington State Department of Health website.

    The Seattle School District is no longer keeping Immunization records. Immunization information is retrieved from the Washington State Immunization Information System. (WAIIS). The WAIIS is a life-long resource, but is occasionally missing records of vaccines that were given in other states or countries unless parents have given these records to their health clinics to have them verified and entered into the system.  You may sign up to view, download or print your family’s immunization information.

    If your child has any health-related issues or changes in health, complete a new Student Health Information form for 2018-2019 and send it into the school office in August.

    I will be at TOPS K-8 for 3 days at the end of August before the start of the school year.  If you need to contact me please e-mail and I will get back to you when I am in the school.

    Have a wonderful summer!

    Mary Minor, RN, School Nurse
    Seattle Public Schools Health Services: 206-252-0750