Lake Washington School District is committed to the health and wellness of our students. Each school has health room staff and a health specialist available to provide a range of services. Our goal is for all students to be successful in school.
The Health Room is staffed by a trained Health Room Assistant. How can the Assistant help your student?
The Health Room Assistant can help your student with:
- Basic First-Aid (Band-Aides and Ice Packs).
- Taking your child's temperature.
- Headaches (we can provide rest in a quiet environment, water and an ice pack).
- Calling home if your child is too sick to stay in school.
- Administering life-saving and daily medications that have a current Medication Authorization Form on file at school, signed by your child's physician and a parent/legal guardian.
- Support for diabetic care and the management of chronic health conditions, as set-forth by a Physician and School Nurse's approved Individual Health Care Plan.
The Health Room cannot provide:
- Medication or cough drops, unless authorized by a physician and parent/legal guardian. Please ask the Health Room Assistant for details regarding Medication Authorization Forms.
- Extended supervision. If your child is too sick to stay in school, you will be called to pick up your student promptly.
- Any clinic services. We cannot diagnose illnesses or injuries.
So, isn't there a nurse in the Health Room?
The short answer is No. Gretchen Paulovich, RN, is our School Health Specialist. She shares her time between Rose Hill Middle School, Rockwell Elementary and Stella Schola, so she is typically not in our health room. Nurse Paulovich provides case management services for students with life-threatening conditions, supports our school with immunization compliance, and collaborates with students, families and school staff to promote health and safety. Nurse Paulovich does not diagnose illnesses or injuries.
If your child has been diagnosed with a serious health condition, it is vital that you contact Nurse Paulovich. You can also call and leave a message for her at 425-936-2460. She will work with you to develop a school health plan for your child.
If your child has a life-threatening health condition, the following requirements must be met before your child can attend school. If you have any questions, please call Health Services support personnel at our Special Services Office (425)936-1201.