Prepare for Your Student’s Health at School
Washington state law requires that school staff and parents/guardians plan together for the safe care of their child throughout the school day.
Please report any health issue your child has that could impact safety and learning at school to the school nurse.
To report an issue, you can contact the nurse directly by phone or email, fill out the online student verification form on The Source (September 1-30), or fill out the Annual Student Health Update paper form (on the district Health Services Forms page).
Examples include: Seizures, diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergic reaction, cancer treatment, and anemia.
Medication at School
If a student needs to take any type of medication during the school day, even if it is temporary, an Authorization for Medications Taken at School form (on the Health Services Forms page) must be completed by the student's health care provider and signed by the parent/guardian.
Medical Treatments at School
If a student needs a treatment at school, such as: G-tube feeding, insulin calculation, clean urinary catheterization, suctioning, nebulizer, dressing change, and others please have the student's health care provider complete the Authorization for Treatments and Procedures to be Performed at School form (on the Health Services Forms page).
Fall Flu Shots
Protect yourself and your community from the flu. Students (ages 4 and older), staff, and community members can get their annual flu shot at one of the flu shot clinics. Visit the SPS Flu Shot Clinics page for dates/times and to find a clinic near you.
Most forms of insurance (including Apple Health and Medicaid) and cash or check are accepted.
Students who are enrolled in their school-based health center can also get the flu shot. Visit the King County School Health website for a listing of locations.
Health Registration Form
I look forward to working with you and your student to manage any acute or ongoing health concerns. Please complete the Health Registration Form and return to me (also found in your beginning-of-the-year packet). It is helpful to have current phone numbers and to be aware of any health related issues that may impact your student’s ability to learn, attend class regularly or to get about the building safely.
Does your student need medications at school?
Taking meds at school regularly or as needed? We must have an 'Authorization for Medication' form on file with the school nurse. Yes, this even includes Tylenol and Ibuprofen as well as allergy meds and inhalers. You can download the form from the district web site or stop by my office. The medication authorization form must be renewed each school year and allows students to carry their inhalers and leave a supply of other medication (in original container) in the nurse office.
Families are strongly encouraged to keep a 3-day disaster supply of meds (in original containers) at school in the school nurse office along with their consent forms.
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)
SPS uses the SDQ questionnaire to identify 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 have 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 such as academic or social problems or when a student has been referred for special education services. If any of these problems appear, the school nurse may use the tool to screen for possible barriers. Parents are invited to review the tool at http://www.sdqinfo.com/ where they may also complete a parent report.
If you do NOT want the SDQ given to your child please call or email me with your student’s name and I will send you an exemption form to complete and return.
Vision and Hearing Screening
These screens are routinely done for all 7th graders and upon request when a concern is expressed by student, parent or teacher.
Immunizations are important to keep all our students safe and healthy and are required for school attendance.
Students in middle school are required to have:
- 3 doses Hepatitis B
- 5 doses of Dtap PLUS 1 dose Tdap if student is 11 years old or older
- 2 doses MMR
- 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) or parent report of disease.
- 4 doses of polio
Non compliant students will be excluded from school. Immunizations are available from your provider/clinic or the School Based Wellness Center. Contact me for any questions or to update your student’s immunization status.
Immunizations that are not required by state law but are necessary for your child’s well being include: Meningococcal (MCV), Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and Hepatitis A.
Free and Reduced Breakfast & Lunch – Food isn’t the only benefit!
If your student is eligible for free/reduced lunch please complete the form you received in your first day packet, ask for another, or download one here. All students need the option of a healthy breakfast and lunch to fuel their brains and be successful at school. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school than kids who don’t. This includes better math and reading scores, better classroom behavior and better attendance.
Separate from the School Nurse, students may receive medical and mental health care at the Neighborcare Wellness Center. It is operated by Neighborcare. Staff members work closely with parents to provide health care and education to our students. A parent or guardian must sign a consent form for the student to be seen and complete a registration form.
My hope is for all of our students to be healthy and safe. Please come see or call me if you have questions, concerns or just want to say hello.
Mercer Middle School Nurse
206-252-8007 (phone, direct line)
206-743-3148 (secure fax)
Jill Eckerdt MN ARNP NCSN
Phone: 206) 252-8007
Confidential Fax: 206) 743-3148
For information about head lice, how to know when your child is too sick for school, and more, please visit the SPS Health Services Additional Resources page.
School-Based Health Center (SBHC)
Students have access to additional health services through the school-based health center located at this or a nearby school.
Services are available to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Your insurance may be billed.
Services include immunizations, sports physicals, prescriptions, reproductive healthcare, mental health counseling, lab tests, and nutrition counseling.
Families must enroll their student to receive most services. Students can enroll themselves for confidential health services.