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School Nurse Welcome Letter

Summary: Welcome Letter and Medical Forms Needed for the School Nurse.

Welcome to Ballard High School!

Start of the School Year 2022 – 2023

Hello,

My name is Laurie Tirtanadi and I am your School Nurse for the 2022-2023 school year. I’m very excited to be working with all of you! My job is to support your child’s health and learning for this upcoming year. I hope to collaborate with and support you as we navigate these challenging times. 

I look forward to speaking with you by phone, voice/text by cell or communicating with you by email. My office number is 206-252-1007. My cell number is 206-308-6706 and the confidential nurse fax line is 206-743-3106. My email is ljtirtanadi@seattleschools.org. Please do not hesitate to email or call if there are any questions. I am available Monday to Friday during normal school hours. Visit the BHS School Nurse webpage for updates.

Annual Health Information Form

Please report any health issue your child has that could impact safety and learning.

Complete the Annual Student Health Update form by:

COVID-19

Take actions to help manage the spread of coronavirus and keep each other safe.

  • Get vaccinated
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep hands away from your face
  • If you feel sick, stay home 

For current Seattle Public Schools COVID guidance, check the SPS COVIDwebpage.Ask for resources around vaccination clinics and testing. 

Expanded Health Services

Register Your Student for a School Based Health Center! All SPS students can access mental and physical health services through our many school-based health centers. Services include: Well-child exams, sports physicals, immunizations and flu shots, mental health support, reproductive health care, for health insurance, and prescriptions for medications for chronic conditions such asthma. We have a School-based Health Clinic right in Ballard High School, visit the Ballard Teen Health Center (BTHC) webpage on our school website. 

Flu Shot Information

Schedule a flu shot for your student and family members. Here’s how:

  • Contact the Ballard Teen Health Center (students only)
  • Seek care from your health care provider
  • Look for upcoming announcements for opportunities in the Seattle Public Schools website 

Immunizations

If you received a letter from Health Services about immunizations your student needs for school, please make sure your student receives the immunization(s) listed in the letter. Send the immunization record to me or have your health care provider fax the record via the confidential fax. Immunization requirements can be found in the Health Services Immunizations page.

Strength and Difficulty Questionnaire (SDQ)

I may use the SDQ screening tool in grade 9 to help identify students who may need additional supports to thrive academically and socially. Parents, school staff may use this tool to give feedback about how well the student in any grade is doing in four areas: emotions, focus, behavior and getting along with others. You can see more information about this screening tool at the SDQ website.

Medications

If your child has a LIFE-THREATENING Health Condition (anaphylaxis, diabetes, seizures, asthma, etc.) and/or takes medication please complete and send or fax the needed medical forms at the beginning of the school year. All forms are on the SPS website in Health Services. All medications, whether self-carry or kept in the nursing office need medical forms completed.

Medication Form

Ask your health provider to complete the Medication Authorization form on the SPS website in Health Services.

  • Each medication requires its own form.
  • Your health care provider must sign.
  • You must sign the form.
  • This is required for ALL medications. 

Medication

All medications must be in their original container with a pharmacy label. Emergency medications must be in the building on or before the first day of school. *Check medication expiration dates! Try to get medications that will last the full school year. 

In good times and in challenging times, I know you want the best for your children. You want them to be safe, healthy, and happy. And you want them to always be learning, growing, and getting ready to take on the world, so please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance. Below I have added some links to resources you may find helpful. 

Warmly, Laurie

Laurie Tirtanadi School Nurse

Laurie Tirtanadi, RN, MS, ARNP (she/her) School Nurse
Ballard High School 1418 NW 65th St
Seattle, WA 98117 | ljtirtanadi@seattleschools.org

Office: 206-252-1007 | Cell: 206-308-6706 | Confidential Fax: 206-743-3106

~ Even the Smallest Changes Can Make a Big Difference


Resource Information & Links


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