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    September 2018
    First Day of School Letter from your School Nurse

    Welcome to a new school year at Montlake Elementary!
    The best way to reach me is by email at
    I am in the nurse’s office most Mondays.

    Medication at School
    An Authorization to Administer Medications at School form must be completed each year for medication your student will/may need at school and school camps. This includes all prescription and over-the-counter medications and remedies (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, anti-itch cream, etc.). An authorization form is also required
    for students to self-carry and self-administer any medications at school.
    This form can be found at the school office or Seattle Public Schools website at:

    Flu Shots
    Flu shots are important to keep all our students and teachers safe and healthy throughout the school year. A flu vaccine can: keep you from getting the flu, make flu less severe if you do get it and keep you from spreading the flu to others. Seattle Visiting Nurse Association nurses will be giving flu shots:
    Montlake Flu Immunization Clinic - October 1, 2018
    For more information:
    Students 5 years of age and older may get flu shots with parental consent! Age 4, with parent present.
    Consent forms are available at the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association website above.
    Shots are free (with most health insurance) if you have your insurance company name and personal ID# for
    the consent form.

    Vision and Hearing Screenings

    Vision and hearing screenings are typically done in the fall in K, 1, 2, 3, 5th grades. If your child does not pass
    the basic hearing or vision screening at school, I will send a letter home, stating the need for further evaluation by their primary care provider or an eye care professional.

    Incoming Kindergarten students
    The first time in a school setting can be extremely fun for a child! Many students do not want to take the time
    to use the restroom for fear that they may “miss out”. Therefore, please provide an extra set of clothes to keep in your child’s cubby in case of an accident. Stretchy pants are particularly helpful!

    Being fully immunized is important to keep all our students and staff safe and healthy. Some immunizations
    are required for continued attendance at school. Non-compliant students may be excluded.
    Seattle Public Schools uses the Washington state Immunization Information System (WAIIS) to track a
    student’s compliance. You may register with WAIIS to have access to your child’s immunization information

    When Should Your Child Stay Home from School?
    It is our goal for students to attend classes every day school is in session! However, there are times when students need to stay home for their own health and the health and safety of others.

    Below are some guidelines to help you decide when to keep students at home:
       Fever – Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater – Students need to stay home for 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal without the help of fever-reducing medications such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.
    Diarrhea – Two or more loose or watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the student feels ill. Students should stay home for 24 hours after the last watery stool.
    Vomiting – Two or more times during the last 24-hours, especially if the student feels ill. Students
    should stay home for 24 hours after the last time they vomited.
    Rash – Rashes of unknown origin or those known to be contagious (impetigo, ringworm, or scabies).
    Students may return to school as soon as treatment has begun.
    Sore, itchy Eyes – Eyes that are draining mucus or pus or are painful, not due to injury or allergy.
    Diagnosed Bacterial Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) – Must stay home 24 hours after first dose of antibiotics.
    Live lice – Students may return to school once treatment has begun. Be sure to let their teacher know they were treated.
    Persistent Coughing/Bad Cold – Students need to be able to cover their cough to be at school. If a cough or cold persists for more than 2 weeks, the student may need to be seen by a health care provider. If a student is coughing so often that they are not able to focus and/or it is distracting in the classroom, they should be kept home.
    Appearance/Behavior – Students who are unusually tired, pale, have no appetite, are hard to wake, or confused should stay home or see their health care provider.
    Diagnosed Strep Throat– Must stay home for 24 hours after first dose of antibiotics.

    Missing school

    If your student is absent from school, please report the reason to Attendance Line: 206-252-3304.

    Important Reminder: Washing hands with soap and water is the most effective way to stop the transmission of germs and allergens and reduce illnesses! Please review this with your child and be a good role model.

    Please contact me if you have questions, concerns.
    Mary Minor, School Nurse
    Montlake Elementary
    Office: 206-252-3300
    Montlake FAX 206-252-3301

    November 2018 Update
    Dear Montlake families,
    I recently received the below notice, discussing “reports of needles” on or near school properties in the
    district. There have not been any needles found around Montlake Elementary School. But, because we all are out and about in Seattle neighborhoods and parks, it is a good idea to talk about this issue with your children. This link will provide you with useful information:
    To Your Health, Nurse Mary

    Needle Hazards
    This school year, we have had an increase in reports of needles – also known as “sharps” – in and around district properties. This is a safety concern for our school communities. Each school is provided a sharps container. Custodians have been alerted to the increased reports of needle hazards and are being directed to increase property surveillance at the start of each school day. If needles are seen during the school day, please contact your custodian to ensure safe disposal. If students, staff or families see needles on Seattle Parks and Recreation Property or other public property, they are to contact Seattle Public Utilities (SPU).
    Additionally, we want to ensure that students understand the risks and the appropriate response. All students should be reminded NOT to touch needles and let an adult know if they see anything. We also encourage families to have a conversation about this topic and the following link may provide some helpful

    Contact Mary Cauffman, Communications Executive Admin. Asst. I at