Welcome to Westside! I look forward to working with you and your student to manage any acute or ongoing health concerns. I share space with the Neighborcare School-Based Health Center in Room 127.
Health Registration Form
Please complete the Health Registration Form in your school packet and return to the main office. Also, for your convenience, you will find common Health Services Forms online.
Medication at School?
Students who take medications regularly at school or who need any medicines at school on an occasional basis must have an Authorization for Medication Form on file with the school nurse. Yes, this even includes meds like Tylenol and Ibuprofen as well as allergy meds and inhalers! Complete the parent section, return directly to me and I will fax it to your doctor/clinic for their authorization. This form must be renewed each school year and allows students to carry their meds or leave a supply, in their original containers, in the nurse office.
If your student was caught in a disaster and stranded at school for several days would they have their needed meds? Do they ever forget their meds at home? Families are strongly encouraged to keep a 3-day disaster supply of meds (in original containers) at school with the nurse. Having a back up supply is particularly important for students with inhalers, epi-pens, diabetes and seizures. In addition, students with inhalers and epi-pens must have demonstrated correct usage to the nurse in order to self-administer.
Immunizations are important to keep all our students safe and healthy. Moreover they are required for continued attendance at school. Non compliant students are excluded. Immunizations are available from your provider/clinic, many pharmacies or the Teen Health Center. Contact me for questions or to update your student's immunization status.
Vision and Hearing Screening?
Vision and hearing screens are not routinely done in high school but will be done when a concern is expressed or upon request.
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)
SPS Health program uses the SDQ questionnaire to help find students who can benefit from support, referrals, and extra planning. When students are struggling academically it is especially important to find out if there are barriers to learning that need to be addressed. We are delighted to find a tool that is well established, accessible to parents and older students, translated into many languages, simple to use and helpful to guide decisions about the best student support.
There are many circumstances where this tool may be useful for your child: academic concerns, failing the HSPE, needing a Student Learning Plan, referrals to our Student Intervention Team. You are welcome to review the tool at: http://www.sdqinfo.com. If you do NOT want the SDQ given to your child please contact me at 206-252-8807, leave your student's name and I will send you an exemption form to complete and return.