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UPDATE (1/29/19): Washington State Measles Outbreak
Families may be aware that there is a Measles Outbreak in Washington State. There have been no reported cases of measles in the Mercer Island School District. Almost all reported cases have been isolated to Clark County (Vancouver, WA). There has been one reported case in King County. Our district nurses are monitoring for all communicable diseases, including measles. For additional information regarding measles, please click here
FIND YOUR SCHOOL NURSE
Karla Rimmer, BSN, RN, ESA School Nurse
Islander Middle School, School Nurse
206-275-5961 Shelley Sage, BSN, RN, M.Ed, ESA School Nurse Mercer Island High School, School Nurse 206-236-3377 Cailen McDevitt, MSN, RN Island Park, School Nurse 206-230-6281 Eric Eaton, RN
West Mercer, School Nurse
206-230-6044 Susan Menchel, RN Lakeridge, School Nurse 206-230-6231 Emer Nolan, RN and Betsy Harmening, LPN Northwood, School Nurse 206-275-5801
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 June 13, 2002.The law defines the 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.