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    Ballard High School Nurse

    Teen Health Center Summer Remote Services

    The BHS Teen Health Center MEDICAL services are still available virtually! Services include consultation and refilling prescriptions. Visits are via telephone or video. Nurse Practitioner: Karen Boudour ARNP at phone/text 206-390-3355.

    Our Mental Health team is not available during the summer: If this is a mental health emergency please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room. For short term crisis counseling and support getting connected with ongoing counseling you can contact the Children's Crisis and Outreach Response Service (CCORS) for support.

    To find a private therapist in the community you can try:

    Psychology Today:
    Good Therapy:
    Seattle Children's Mental Health Referral Line:

    Additional Resource: Crisis Connections 

    Information for BHS Families | 2020-21

    Key messages to stay healthy | "Remember to stay grounded in our moral values through this crisis. There is never a good reason to devolve into stereotypes or racist comments towards any group of people." ~ Principal Wynkoop, #AG2BB

    Take Care of Yourself | Stay Healthy! 

    • Eat regular meals, drink water and get plenty of rest
    • Exercise
    • Wash your hands
    • Avoid sharing drink/food, make-up, brushes, clothes
    • Avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs
    • Lower stress prioritize obligations, practice relaxation techniques like taking deep breaths, talk with a friend, and ask for help.

    BHS Medical Information Plans

    For your student's safety, it is important that we have medical information, for example, diabetic and seizure physician care plans, medication authorization forms to prepare and train staff in case of an emergency. Please inform us if your student has Seizure Disorder, Diabetes, Asthma, Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction, or any other potentially life-threatening medical condition and complete the required paperwork listed below.

    SPS Prepare For Your Student’s Health at School

    WA State Law requires that school staff and parents plan together for the safe care of their student throughout the school day. Visit SPS Health Service Forms for district health forms.

    SPS Immunization Information | Updated!

    New! Immunization Rules Effective August 1, 2020, the revised rules requires student vaccine records given to schools must be medically verified. Please provide Seattle Public Schools with a Medically Verified Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) Form.

    In addition, all students in 7th through 12th grades are required to get a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccine

    This fall, SPS Health Services team will contact families of students who have records that have not yet met these requirements. To find out more about this and other changes to vaccine rules, contact your school nurse or visit the WA State Dept of Health.

    How to Get Records | Check that your student's vaccine records, including Tdap, are listed in the WA State Immunization Registry ( by first Registering For an Account and then by selecting the "MyImmunizations” tab at the top of the page, and select “Certificate of Immunization” to download. You can also contact the Dept of Health at or 1-866-397-0337. Learn more about how to get your records on the WA State Dept of Health.

    If your child's healthcare provider does not update the WA State Immunization Registry, email a copy of the immunization records to or submit an exemption.

    About Exemptions | Exemption letters previously submitted to SPS are still valid. For forms, visit the WA State Dept of Health.

    How to Get Vaccines | Your child's healthcare provider or local pharmacies can provide vaccines. Students may also be able to receive immunizations through their school-based health center.

    Visit the WA State Dept of Health School and Child Care Immunization for updates and immunizations schedules. 

    Check the district's Immunizations Information for what a Medically Verified Form consists of as well as details on immunization requirements and a Certificate of Immunization Checklist.

    Immunization Resources

    Visit SPS Health Services Immunizations for current updates.

    Contact Information

    Laurie Tirtanadi, RN

    Fax: 206-743-3106 (confidential)

    Office Location: 1st Floor left of the Main Office.

    District Health Services Updates

    Visit our district services Health Services webpage for links to additional helpful info for families.


    School-Based Health Centers (SBHC), which are located at many Seattle Middle and High Schools, provide services to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. 

     Visit the BHS Teen Health Center page to learn more about our SBHC. Visit the district website to learn more about School-Based Health Center Resources.

    Swedish Ballard Teen Health Center (BTHC)

    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: During the Summer the School-Based Ballard Teen Health Center Medical services are still available, including refilling prescriptions.

    Visit the BTHC page for contact information.

    Nurse with students talkingIn addition to nurse services, we are fortunate to have a fully-staffed clinic School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at BHS. It comprises of a nurse practitioner, mental health and chemical dependency counselors.

    The BTHC is conveniently located in the healthcare center and BHS.

    The BTHC can see BHS students for primary care, health education, drug & alcohol counseling, mental health services, vaccinations, birth control, STI evaluation and treatment. Registration and Consent forms are located on the Ballard Teen Health Center webpage.  

    Did You Know?

    Get Your Flu Shot at The BHS Teen Center in the Fall: Flu shots may be available for all BHS students in the Teen Health Center. Check the BTHC webpage in the Fall for more information.

    Fall Flu Shots

    Protect yourself and your community from the flu. Seattle Visiting Nurse Association may be providing your annual flu shot to students (ages 4 and older), staff and community members. Visit the SPS Flu Clinics page in the Fall for dates/times for a clinic near you.

    Students who are enrolled in their school-based health center may also be able to get the flu shot. Visit the King County School Health website for a listing of locations.  

    Updated 7/14/2020