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    Prepare For Next Year
    Posted on 06/01/2017

    Begin planning for your child’s healthcare at TOPS school for the 2017-2018 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 updates, needed immunizations, vision and dental checks and medications they may need for school next year.

      Make summertime health-care appointments for your child today!

    • Authorization for medications are good for one academic year only! If your child may need to take medications during school next year (this includes over-the-counter meds like Claritin, Tylenol, Zyrtec and Ibuprofen) plan to complete a new Authorization for Medications to be Taken at School form along with your child’s healthcare provider this summer. This form can be found on the district website or in the school office. One form is needed for each medication and must be signed by both a parent and healthcare provider. Bring the signed Authorization for Medication to be Taken at School form and the medication (in the original prescription or product container) to school next fall.

    • Students who have LIFE THREATENING health conditions (anaphylaxis, diabetes, seizures etc.) are required to have a current, signed Authorization for Medications to be Taken at School form and medications with a pharmacy label at TOPS prior to attending the first day of school. Washington State Law requires this. Parents will also be asked to sign an Individual Health Plan (IHP) for their child with emergency instructions for staff.

      *Try to bring emergency medication with expiration dates after June 2018

    • Complete a new Student Health Information form if there are any health related issues or changes in health that may impact your child's ability to learn and attend class regularly next year. Unless you feel it is necessary for me to have this before the start of school, this form will be sent out in the first day of school packet that goes home.

    • Our district has recently switched from tracking a student’s immunizations in our academic electronic records, to using the pre-existing Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS), a life-long record of Washingtonians’ vaccinations. Most healthcare providers around the state enter immunizations into the system when they are given. The WAIIS is overall a fantastic resource, but it is often missing records of vaccines that were given in other states or countries unless parents have given records to their health clinics to verify and enter into the system. You may now sign up to be able to access your child’s immunization records from the Washington State Immunization Information System registry (WAIIS):

    I will be in the school building for 3 days at the end of August before the start of the school year.

    Have a wonderful summer!

    Mary Minor, RN, School Nurse
    mrminor@seattleschools.org