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Bonnie Barthelme, RN, MN, ESA School Nurse
Islander Middle School, School Nurse
Shelley Sage, RN, MN, ESA School Nurse
Mercer Island High School, School Nurse

Gretchen Paulovich, RN, BSN, ESA School Nurse
Island Park, School Nurse

Olga Cote, RN, BSN, MHA
West Mercer, School Nurse

Susan Menchel, RN
Lakeridge, School Nurse

Annual Notice Life Threatening Condition

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of a Washington State Law that will help your child’s school provide for the safety and health of children during the school day. This law, “Children with Life-Threatening Conditions,” took effect June13, 2002.

The law defines life-threatening condition as “a health condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order and a nursing plan are not in place.” Children with life-threatening conditions such as severe bee sting or food allergies, severe asthma, diabetes, severe seizures, or other at-risk conditions are now required to have a medication or treatment order and a nursing plan in place before the start of each school year.
The medication or treatment order must be from the child’s licensed health care provider (LHP), who may be a doctor, physician’s assistant, advanced registered nurse practitioner, etc.

If a medication or treatment order is not provided, the principal of the school is required to exclude the child until such an order has been provided. This requirement applies to students with a life-threatening condition who are new to the district, and students who are already attending school. Exclusion procedures are guided by the state mandated rules of the State Board of Education.

If your child no longer has a life-threatening health condition that was previously identified, you must obtain a letter from your child’s licensed health care provider stating that this condition is no longer an issue for your child and submit the letter to the school nurse.