Health Services

Health Services Announcements 

Families,                                                                                                                   

Health Services staff will be performing school vision and hearing screening for grades Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th grade students. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Sonja Bittner RN
District Nurse
sbittner@sequimschools.org

 

Sequim School District Annual Vision and Hearing Screening

WAC 246-760-020

Frequency for schools to screen children.

(1) A school shall conduct auditory and distance vision and near vision acuity screening of children:

(a) In kindergarten and grades one, two, three, five, and seven; and

(b) Showing symptoms of possible loss in auditory or visual acuity and who are referred to the district by parents, guardians, school staff, or student self-report.

(2) If resources are available, a school may:

(a) Expand vision screening to any other grade;

(b) Conduct other optional vision screenings at any grade using evidence-based screening tools and techniques; or

(c) Expand vision screening to other grades and conduct optional vision screenings as outlined in (a) and (b) of this subsection.

(3) If resources permit, schools shall annually conduct auditory screening for children at other grade levels.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.210.020. WSR 17-03-009, § 246-760-020, filed 1/4/17, effective 7/1/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.210.200. WSR 02-20-079, § 246-760-020, filed 9/30/02, effective 10/31/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. WSR 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as § 246-760-020, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.31.030. WSR 87-22-010 (Order 306), § 248-148-021, filed 10/26/87.]

 

NOTICE OF HIV/STD PREVENTION EDUCATION CLASS 

Dear Parent/Legal Guardian:

In response to the growing threat of HIV to our population, the 1988 Washington State Legislature mandated that a program of prevention education be presented to students yearly, beginning with the 5th grade.  The Sequim School District #323 has adopted an appropriate program for HIV/AIDS prevention education with the advice of educators, parents, and community members.

Sequim Middle School students will be attending an HIV/AIDS prevention education class on October 24th, 2018.  The HIV/AIDS education will be taught in your students’ PE classes. 6th grade students combine in the gym to view the video during their PE class: 5th and 6th period.  7th and 8th grade classes combine view a video during periods 1-5. 

Two parent preview meetings are being held in October 2018, to allow parents to preview the curriculum. State law provides that a parent or guardian must attend such a meeting before they can have their child or legal ward excused from participation in the HIV prevention program. 

If you have any questions, please call Sonja Bittner RN, School Nurse at 360-477-7728



 NOTICE OF HIV/AIDS PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAM MEETING AND WHAT IT TAKES TO EXCUSE YOUR CHILD OR LEGAL WARD 

Dear Parent/Legal Guardian:

In response to the growing threat of AIDS to our population, the Washington state Legislature mandated that a program of prevention education be presented to students yearly beginning with the 5th grade and continuing through 12th grade.  The Sequim School District #323 has adopted an appropriate program for HIV prevention education with the advice of educators, parents, and community members.

Two meetings will be held in order for you to preview the HIV prevention education program and videos that your student might see.  The first showing is on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 starting at 5:00 pm in the Helen Haller Library. The second will be held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 starting at 5:00 pm in the Greywolf Elementary Library.  The grades will be presented as follows:
      5th grade: 5:00-5:30pm     6th grade: 5:30-6:00pm         7th & 8th grade: 6:00-7:00pm

 Curriculum & videos available for preview in Library
9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade 5:00 – 7:00pm

You will be asked to sign in, and following a preview of the materials, parents who wish to have their child excused from participation in the HIV prevention program may sign a release form provided at the meeting.

STATE LAW PROVIDES THAT A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST ATTEND SUCH A MEETING BEFORE THEY CAN HAVE THEIR CHILD OR LEGAL WARD EXCUSED FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE HIV PREVENTION PROGRAM.  

Sonja Bittner RN
Sequim School District Nurse


Health Conditions

If your child has a potentially 
life threatening health conditionwe need a new care plan and if needed, an authorization for your child to have a medication at school, each school year. The school lists most life threatening health conditions as asthma with a rescue inhaler, allergy with an EpiPen prescribed, seizures, diabetes with insulin and heart conditions.

All forms must be completed & signed by parent and licensed health care provider (LHCP) and received in your child’s school health room prior to classes starting on the first day of school. If an emergency medication is prescribed, they need to have the medication on the bus as well.

Please be aware that the forms can be found under each health concern in this webpage under  >Parent forms for Student Health Conditions. 

If your child has had an emergency medication in the past, but you feel they no longer need it, then we have to have a LHCP note stating that they no longer need the medication at school.

The School Nurse will be available during regular school hours starting August 27, 2018. Please call Sonja at 360-477-7728, with any questions or concerns.


Air Quality Guidelines

As of Monday, 8-27-18 the air quality in our area has greatly improved. Current conditions as per the Department of Ecology, State of Washington, as recorded for Port Angeles (the closest available air monitoring site to Sequim) show an air quality of: “Good”, which is the best possible rating.  This is a great improvement over last week’s previously reported: “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”. More information can be found at the State’s website: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/

Questions and Answers:

Why is school in session when the air quality condition is in the moderate to unhealthy range?

Schools are a safe place to be during moderate to unhealthy air quality conditions. Trained staff are available to supervise and monitor student health and respond if necessary to assist students with breathing difficulties, headaches or nausea.

Can I keep my child at home during unhealthy air quality conditions?

Yes, please note that parents have the right to make decisions regarding the health and well-being of their student. If you feel that keeping a student home due to air quality is in their best interests, their absence will be excused.

General Information:

During an event when outdoor air quality may be unhealthy school staff review Air Quality Index (AQI) data from the following websites:


 SmileMobile Schedule 

The SmileMobile dental clinic is coming to Sequim 
Sequim Boys and Girls Club 400 W Fir St. 

Schedule a dental exam now by calling:
1-888-286-0105

The SmileMobile is a fully-equipped 3 chair (user friendly for left handed dentists) mobile dental clinic that travels the state year-round providing dental care to children from low-income families.

The SmileMobile is recruiting volunteers, including dentists, hygienists and dental assistants, for all sites. Up to 7 CDE’s are available to dentists and up to 5 CDE’s for hygienists volunteering on the SmileMobile. Please contact Karri Amundson 206.276.1620 or kamundson@arcorafoundation.org

 

 

 

                                                                         





Sequim School District
Health Services Staff
Contact Us

School Nurse 
Sonja Bittner BSN, RN
sbittner@sequimschools.org
360-477-7728

Health Services Specialist 
Ardis Mangano
ardisann@sequimschools.org
360-670-6589

Helen Haller Health Clerk
Cherie Hendrickson
cherson@sequimschools.org
360-582-3239 

Middle School Health Clerk
Jennifer Meysenberg
jmeysenberg@sequimschools.org
360-582-3509 

High School Health Clerk 
Celene Frick
cfrick@sequimschools.org
360-582-3604

Greywolf Health Clerk
Jane Sallee
jsallee@sequimschools.org
360-582-3305

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