Sandie Tracy, RN
Director of Nursing Services
The Northshore School District has a long-standing commitment to student health and wellness. Each school has a registered nurse available to provide a wide range of services. At the beginning of each year nurses collect student health information to plan for needs during the school day. Click here for a list of provided services.
If you have questions or concerns about your student's health or need resources, please contact your school's nurse.
News and Updates
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Outbreak
The whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic that began in December 2011 still continues. Though pertussis activity is down from a peak in May 2012, it is still much higher than usual. More than 600 cases have been reported in King County this year - higher than any of the past 20 years. Click here for information on whooping cough.
State Law Changes in Immunization Exemptions (posted Aug. 2011)
Families who are planning to file an exemption from school immunization requirements need to be aware of changes in the exemption law that took effect July 22. Students with an exemption for medical reasons will continue to need a Health Care Provider signature. The new section of the law applies to students submitting philosophical or religious exemptions. Philosophical exemptions require a signed statement from a Health Care Provider that they have been counseled on the benefits and risks of immunizations. Students submitting a religious exemption will need to demonstrate membership in a church or religious group that does not allow a health care provider to provide medical treatment to a child. More information can be found at http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/schools/exemption-info.htm.
Information on Meningococcal Disease and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (posted Sept. 2011)
For Parents/Guardians of students in grades 6-12
As of July 2005, schools in Washington are required by the legislature to provide information at the beginning of each school year on Meningococcal Disease and the HPV virus to parents/guardians of students in grades 6-12 (RCW 28A.210.080).This includes information on characteristics of the disease, how the disease is spread, current vaccination recommendations and how to obtain additional information. Click here for more information.