The Chimacum School District has a School Health Consultant one day per week to help insure the District’s compliance with state mandated health programs such as vision and hearing screening and immunization.
Chimacum School District Health Care Consultant: Kate DeVeaux, RN
When to Keep Sick Children Home From School: Deciding when to keep a sick child at home from school is not always easy. But when a child is truly sick, they need to stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to prevent spreading illness to others.
Vision and Hearing Screening
Good vision and hearing are important for academic success. Washington State law (WAC 246-760) requires schools to conduct auditory and visual screenings of children each year for students in kindergarten and grades 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7. As required, students are screened for distant vision at 20 feet away and for quiet speech level hearing. “Passing” this basic screening does not guarantee a child is free of vision or hearing problems. A professional medical evaluation is required to test near vision and for comprehensive hearing testing.
A referral letter recommending further professional evaluation is mailed to a parent/guardian of students who do not “pass” hearing and/or vision screening. A report of further evaluation is requested so that recommendations for hearing and seeing that affect students at school can be used in planning their education program. If you have any questions regarding the results of your child’s screening, please contact the school health consultant.
Students in grades 4, 6, 8 and 9 are screened if they meet any of the following criteria:
- Receiving Special Education Services
- Screening is requested by the parent or teacher
Medications at School
Medication for students should be given during non-school hours when possible. For those needing prescription or over the counter medication, such as Tylenol, etc. at school, an Authorization for Administration of Medications at School form must be completely filled out and returned to the school. Authorization forms are valid for the current school year only and must be signed by a parent/guardian and prescribing health care provider before medication can be dispensed to students.
Students may not carry prescription or over the counter medication except asthma inhalers and EpiPens as appropriate according to a current Authorization form. For other medication students in Grades 6-12 may be authorized on a case-by-case basis as indicated on the authorization form and instructions.
Medications must be brought to school by an adult and be in the original pharmacy container showing the student’s name and dosage. If you have any questions about medication at school, pease contact the school office.
Life-Threatening Health Conditions
If your child has a life-threatening health condition, please refer to SBP 3413 for requirements that need to be fulfilled before your student may attend school.
Self-Administration of Asthma and Anaphylaxis Medications
It is the policy of the Chimacum School District that students with asthma or anaphylaxis are authorized, in consultation with the school’s health care consultant, to possess and self-administer medication for asthma or anaphylaxis during the school day, during school sponsored events or while traveling to and from school or school sponsored activities if the following conditions are met. (Select this link to review the conditions)
Forms for Diabetic Students
Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 6641 requires schools to prepare an individual health plan for each diabetic student and update it annually. In order to accomplish this for our diabetic students, we ask that you complete the following forms: