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BGHS Health Room



Health Room Staff 

    
                            
 
 

Jenna Eversole, RN, BSN, eversole.jenna@battlegroundps.org

Lindsey Romig - Health Room Assistant -  romig.lindsey@battlegroundps.org

Notice to all students

I am your school nurse.

Everything you share with me will not be shared with anyone else without your permission, except in the following cases:

  1. You give me cause to suspect that you are in danger of harming yourself.
  2. You give me cause to suspect that you intend to harm another.
  3. You give me cause to suspect that you are a victim of child abuse.

By law, I must report these situations, however, I will also be available to help you through the process towards resolution.

Under Washington State law, minors have the right to consent to certain health care without a parent or guardian’s consent.

 A minor may consent to medical:

  •  If the minor is emancipated (legally independent) or married to someone at or above age 18
  • In the event emergency care is necessary
  • For birth control and pregnancy-related care at any age
  • For outpatient drug and alcohol abuse related treatment beginning at age 13
  • For outpatient mental health treatment beginning at age 13
  • For sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, beginning at age 14

 If a minor consents to care as allowed by law, he or she can request confidentiality for that aspect of care which would prohibit us from releasing this information to anyone, including a parent or guardian, without the minor’s express written permission.

If you have questions about your right to request certain health care services without the consent of a parent or guardian, please contact us. 

Catherine A. Shannon, RN, BSN
School Nurse

School Health Services 

Battle Ground Public Schools are committed to the safety, health and well-being of all students. Parents and students are vital to this endeavor. With everyone's efforts, we can achieve these goals through planning, prevention, and education. 

Life Threatening Health Conditions*


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According to Washington State Law, students with a potentially life threatening health condition cannot attend school until the following conditions are met:

  • A current medication and/or treatment order from a licensed health care provider, along with authorized medication and/or equipment to carry out the order, must be on file with the School Nurse.
  • An Emergency Action Care Plan written in cooperation with parent/guardian and licensed health care provider, when indicated, must be in place prior to student’s first day of school attendance.
  • If a parent feels his/her child's health condition is not life threatening and does not require such emergency preparation, a written statement from the child’s licensed health care provider must be submitted in order to circumvent exclusion from school as mandated by law. 

Current students who do not meet the above conditions will be excluded until conditions of enrollment are met.

 *Life Threatening Health Conditions may include, but are not limited to, serious allergic conditions (i.e., insect stings, foods), asthma, diabetes, seizures, and hemophilia.

Reference: School Board Policy 3412—Life Threatening Health Conditions; RCW 28A.210.320—Health Measures; Ch. 101, Laws 2002—Children with Life-Threatening Health Conditions; WAC 329-380 

Medications

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Battle Ground Public Schools recognizes that for certain situations, oral medication may need to be administered during school hours.

When a health condition requires that a student receive a prescription or over-the-counter medication during school hours, authorization must be given by parent/legal guardian and accompanied by a legal written order and signature of the licensed health care provider.

Medications must be in original container, properly labeled by the pharmacist, manufacturer, or licensed health provider. Medication is to be brought in to school by parent/legal guardian and signed in to school.

Only licensed district school nurses and non-licensed school staff under the supervision of the school nurse, are authorized to administer and monitor oral medication dispensed at school.

Students are not permitted to be in possession of prescription or nonprescription medications at school or school events without permission of school authority.

 By adhering to the above conditions, the safety of all students and staff is protected.

Reference: School Board Policy 3416—Mediation at School; RCW 28A.210.260—Administration of Oral Medication by Conditions; RCW 28A.210.270—Administration of Medication by Immunity from Liability 

Immunizations

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In order to protect all students and staff from a number of communicable diseases, Washington State Law requires all students to be fully immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and Hepatitis B. Effective July 2006, chickenpox immunity will be required for all incoming kindergarteners and 6th graders. Washington State Law (RCW 28A.31.118) also requires parent/guardian to provide proof of immunization status on or before entry to school. Parents/guardians of students, who are exempt from immunizations for medical, religious or personal reasons, are required to submit a signed Certificate of Immunization exemption form to school authorities before entry. Students who do not meet state requirements will not be enrolled in classes until conditions are met. Current students who are enrolled and do not meet state requirements will be excluded from school until conditions of enrollment are met.

 Reference: School Board Policy 3413—Student Immunization; RCW 28A.210—Health Screening and

Requirements; WAC 246-100-166—Immunization of Child Care and School Children against Certain Vaccine-

Preventable Diseases

Illness

 If a student becomes ill during school hours, school staff are able to provide initial basic care until parent/guardian arrives. However, there are not sufficient facilities or staff supervision and care for students for extended periods of time (this includes recess). Minor injuries requiring basic first aid can be managed at school. In the event of a more serious injury or illness, parents/guardians are notified for directions and, if not available, emergency medical assistance may be sought if conditions warrant.

Students with signs or symptoms of illness and infection should be kept at home until the illness has improved and the student is non-contagious.

The following criteria should be used as a guideline for keeping students at home:

  • If student has vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • If student has a fever or fever-like symptoms in the last 24 hours
  • A rash, especially one in conjunction with fever, non-identifiable cause, or creating discomfort for the student at school.
  • Pain that is persistent, unresolved and causing discomfort (i.e., toothache, ear pain, pain related to injury).
  • Moderate to severe "colds" and coughs, with or without fever.
  • Students with any infectious diseases (i.e. chickenpox, strep throat, pink eye) should be at home until considered non-contagious according to communicable disease guidelines, and/or local health authorities, and state/district guidelines.