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    Letter from your School Nurse
    Posted on 09/10/2018

    Welcome to a new school year at Aki Kurose Middle School!

    The best way to reach me is by email at mslirman@seattleschools.org
    I am in the nurse’s office Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:00pm

    Medication at School
    An Authorization to Administer Medications at School form must be completed each year for medication your student will/may need at school and school camps. This includes all prescription and over-the-counter medications and remedies (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, anti-itch cream, etc.).  An authorization form is also required for students to self-carry and self-administer any medications at school.
    This form can be found at the school office or Seattle Public Schools website at: https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/health_services/forms/. (The form is available in English, Amharic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.)

    Wellness Center
    In addition to the school nurse, we are fortunate to have a clinic at school with a Nurse Practitioner and Mental Health Counselor. This clinic is run by Kaiser Permanente and is available for all students at Aki Kurose regardless of their insurance or ability to pay. Once your child signs up they can access clinic services for the duration of their time at Aki Kurose. I am attaching a copy of the registration form.

    Flu Shots
    Flu shots are important to keep all our students and teachers safe and healthy throughout the school year.  A flu vaccine can: keep you from getting the flu, make flu less severe if you do get it and keep you from spreading the flu to others. 

    Vision and Hearing Screenings
    Vision and hearing screenings are typically done in the fall. If your child does not pass the basic hearing or vision screening at school, I will send a letter home, stating the need for further evaluation by their primary care provider or an eye care professional.

    Immunizations
    Being fully immunized is important to keep all our students and staff safe and healthy. Some immunizations are required for continued attendance at school. Non-compliant students may be excluded.
    Seattle Public Schools uses the Washington state Immunization Information System (WAIIS) to track a student’s compliance. You may register with WAIIS to have access to your child’s immunization information.

    When Should Your Child Stay Home from School?
    It is our goal for students to attend classes every day school is in session! However, there are times when students need to stay home for their own health and the health and safety of others.
    Below are some guidelines to help you decide when to keep students at home:

    • Fever – Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater – Students need to stay home for 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal without the help of fever-reducing medications such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.
    • Diarrhea – Two or more loose or watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the student feels ill. Students should stay home for 24 hours after the last watery stool.
    • Vomiting – Two or more times during the last 24-hours, especially if the student feels ill. Students should stay home for 24 hours after the last time they vomited.
    • Rash – Rashes of unknown origin or those known to be contagious (impetigo, ringworm, or scabies). Students may return to school as soon as treatment has begun.
    • Sore, itchy Eyes – Eyes that are draining mucus or pus or are painful, not due to injury or allergy. Diagnosed Bacterial Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) – Must stay home 24 hours after first dose of antibiotics.
    • Persistent Coughing/Bad Cold – Students need to be able to cover their cough to be at school. If a cough or cold persists for more than 2 weeks, the student may need to be seen by a health care provider. If a student is coughing so often that they are not able to focus and/or it is distracting in the classroom, they should be kept home.
    • Appearance/Behavior – Students who are unusually tired, pale, have no appetite, are hard to wake, or confused should stay home or see their health care provider.
    • Diagnosed Strep Throat– Must stay home for 24 hours after first dose of antibiotics.

    Missing school
    If your student is absent from school, please report the reason for the absence to the Aki Kurose office staff.

    Important Reminder: Washing hands with soap and water is the most effective way to stop the transmission of germs and reduce illnesses and reactions to allergens!  Please review this with your child and be a good role model.

    Please contact me if you have questions, concerns.

    Meredith Lirman, RN BSN
    School Nurse, Aki Kurose Middle School
    206-252-7707