School Nurse

Ballard School Nurse

Laurie Tirtanadi School Nurse
Laurie Tirtanadi RN, MS, ARNP (she/her)

My name is Laurie Tirtanadi and I am your School Nurse for the 21-22 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 206-252-1007, cell 206-308-6706 or communicating with you by email at or confidential fax 206-743-3106. My office is located on the 1st floor left of the Main Office.

Hours: M, T, Th, F 8:45 a.m. – 3:35 p.m. and Wed 8:45 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

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News From the BHS Nurse

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New! Oct 21, 2021 | Guidance for COVID-19 Close Contacts | The Washington Department of Health (DOH) has updated the guidance for COVID-19 close contacts and symptomatic individuals. This information has been shared with school staff, nurses, and the district contact tracing team.

Protect your family from the flu!

Our BTHC School-based health center located in Ballard HS offers flu shots to any SPS students, even if student does not have insurance.

Nurse Notes

Please Note...

The Secret Benefits of Reading | Ever read a fiction book and become so involved the time just gets away? The outside world recedes within the pages of the book and the story becomes your world? When you read a book, you become emotionally involved with the characters.

In essence, you share their struggles and triumphs. You become empathetic to the characters in the book, to their humanity. Fiction can help us understand our own experience in life. There are many obvious benefits to reading, but the less obvious ones include reducing stress and helping us wind down prior to sleep. Regular reading can fight depressive symptoms.

Prepare for Your Student’s Health at School

Washington state law requires that school staff and parents plan together for the safe care of their child throughout the school day.

Health Issues

Please report any health issue your child has that could impact safety and learning at school to the school nurse. You can contact the nurse directly by phone or e-mail.

Medication at School

If your child needs to take any type of medication during the school day, even if it’s temporary, a medication form must be completed by the child’s health care provider and signed by parent. Authorization for Medications Taken at School (multiple languages)

Medical Treatments at School

If your child needs a treatment at school, such as: G-tube feeding, insulin calculation, clean urinary catheterization, suctioning, nebulizer, dressing change, and others please have the health care provider complete the treatment form. Authorization for Treatments and Procedures to be Performed at School

School-Based Health Centers

Students have access to additional health services through the school-based health center located at this or a nearby school.

List of King County School-Based Health Centers

Services are available to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Your insurance may be billed and this program is also supported by the Seattle Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Plan.

Services include immunizations, sports physicals, prescriptions, reproductive healthcare, mental health counseling, lab tests, and nutrition counseling.

Families must enroll their student to receive most services. Students can enroll themselves for confidential health services.

When to Keep Your Student Home

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