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    A Note from Your School Nurse
    Posted on 08/26/2020

    A Note from Your School Nurse 

    Hello, 

    Welcome to the 2020-21 school year at Laurelhurst! My name is Jade Blocker and I am the new school nurse. My job is to support your child’s health and learning this year especially during these challenging times. I can speak to you on the phone, or through online platforms. I can be reached at: 
    jmblocker@seattleschools.org;  Direct Phone: (206) 252-5407; Fax: (206) 743-3136

    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 here at https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19.aspx

    You can access free COVID-19 screening through the Public Health SCAN program for your children. https://scanpublichealth.org/. 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 this 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

    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 the Visiting Nurse “drive through” clinic starts 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
    https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/immunization/clinics.aspx

    Vision, Hearing Screening                                                                         

    Students in grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 usually get near and far vision and hearing screened. I am not sure how this will be done during remote learning yet. I can help you find resources to take care of these health care needs.

    Please reach me if you have any questions or concerns. I’m so excited to be at Laurelhurst and look forward to meeting you all one day!

    Jade Blocker, MSN, RN
    School Nurse | Student Health Services
    Laurelhurst Elementary 
    Direct Phone: 206-252-5407
    Fax: 206-743-3136