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    Letter from the Nurse
    Posted on 08/28/2020

    Hello Center School Students and Families!

    My name is Amnah King and I am the school nurse. My job is to support student health and learning this year especially during these challenging times. I can speak to you on the phone or through email.

    Phone: 206-348-8787 (call or text)

    Email: acking@seattleschools.org

    Fax: 206-743-3112

     

    COVID-19 Resources

    I can help you sort out possible COVID-19 symptoms and to access help for testing. There is a wide variety of resources on the King County Website.

    Students and families can access free at-home COVID-19 screening through the Public Health SCAN program.Use the code SCANKIDS as a quick way to bypass the daily limits for testing.

    Annual Health Information Form

    Please let me know if your child has a health condition which might impact his or her learning by completing the form either online in PowerSchool (Sept 1-30), by the paper copy in the first day packet or by letting me know by email or phone.

    Expanded Health Services

    All SPS students can access mental and physical health services through our many school-based health centers. Services include: Well-child exam, sports physicals, immunizations and flu shots, mental health support, reproductive health care, access for health insurance, and prescriptions for medications for chronic conditions such as asthma. https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/child-teen-health/school-health.aspx

    Typically Center School students access the Ballard Teen Health Center (but they are allowed to go to any Teen Health Center in the District). The staff at the Ballard Teen Health Center can see students by appointment on Mondays and Fridays. Please call 206-390-3355 or email the nurse practitioner karen.boudour@swedish.org to make an appointment or contact me and I’ll help you set up an appointment.

    Flu Clinics Coming

    It is important for all of us to get an annual flu shot, especially those with chronic conditions such as asthma or those who live with family members who have weak immune systems. Flu and COVID-19 symptoms are almost the same. People who are at-risk for COVID-19 are also at-risk for the flu. All SPS students can get flu shots through the School-based Health Centers. SPS students and families can get a flu shot through the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association “drive-through” flu clinics at 16 school locations in September and October. SVNA accepts insurance and cash for adults and children. Children who are uninsured may qualify for a no-cost flu vaccination. Sign up for a Visiting Nurse “drive through” clinic starting September 2. https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/flu_clinics

     

    Immunizations                                                                                         

    We want to protect every student from communicable diseases especially during COVID-19. If your child is lacking school-district required vaccines, I will contact you. It is possible that I am missing records of vaccines your child has already had. There are teen vaccines that are not required for school but are recommended by the Center for Disease Control. These are: Hepatitis A (2 doses), Meningococcal B (2 doses) , Meningococcal A(1 or 2 doses), HPV (2 or 3 doses). All of these are available through the School-based health centers or through King County Health Department.

     

    Strengths and Difficulty Questionnaire (SDQ)             

    I may use the SDQ screening tool to help identify students who may need additional supports to thrive academically and socially. Parents, school staff may use this tool to give feedback about how well the student in any grade is doing in four areas: emotions, focus, behavior and getting along with others. You can see more information about this screening tool at www.sdqinfo.com. If you DO NOT want your student screened with this tool, please let me know.

    Vision, Hearing or Scoliosis Screening                                                                        

    High school students are not typically screened for vision/hearing unless there is a concern or if they have a special education evaluation/re-evaluation coming up.  I am not sure how this will be done during remote learning yet, but I can help you find resources to take care of these health care needs.

    Again, welcome and let me know if I can be of assistance to you!

    Amnah King, RN