Ballard School Nurse
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.
My office is located on the 1st floor left of the Main Office.
~ Even the Smallest Changes can make a Big Difference
Happy School Nurse Day!
If your student or someone in your family becomes infected with COVID-19, let the people you’ve exposed know and report your confirmed student’s positive case to their school.
Keep your student home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms and report to our school any confirmed cases. Review the DOH symptoms flow chart for guidance. You may get free home tests from the State of Washington or from your student’s school.
SPS COVID Exposure Notification Process Update: SPS sent an email to families letting them know per the Department of Health, only families of students with medically fragile or complex health conditions would be notified of potential COVID-19 exposure. Read more on the SPS News page.
May 2022 | Our community is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases. Our rate of cases puts King County into the Medium COVID-19 Community Level as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn more on the district COVID Response page.
Masks Required for the BHS Nurse & Teen Health Center
While masking is now optional, masks must be worn in the BHS Nurse Office and the Ballard Teen Health Center. The district welcomes and encourages staff and students to continue mask wearing through the end of the year if that is their preference.
New or clean used clothes large sizes tops and bottoms for students and socks are most welcome! Contact me or have your student drop off at the Main Office or Nurse Office. Thank you for your help!
Signs of spring are all around us. It just feels magical.
The birds are chirping, the cherry blossom trees are blooming and early spring flowers are popping up out of the ground.Read More Notes from the Nurse Regarding Self Care
School Health & Safety Protocols
Visit our School Health and Safety Protocols and FAQ for resource links to information for BHS families.
Student Resource Links and Phone Numbers
View this helpful SPS Student Resource List with emergency phone numbers, help with physical or mental health, food needs and more!
Protect your family from the flu!
Our Ballard Teen Health Center a School-based health center located in Ballard HS and offers flu shots to any SPS students, as well as many other Health Services too!
Access Your Immunization/Vaccine Records
Visit Wa State Department of Health for families to look up and download immunization records for their family members.
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.
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 email.
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)
School health rooms do not keep medications on hand for general use. Medications must be supplied to the school by the parents/guardians for their student’s individual needs. All medications must be brought to school in their original container/box with prescription label attached (if it’s a prescription medication) in order to be administered.
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.
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
- COVID-19 When to Keep your SPS Student Home
- COVID-like symptoms take priority over symptoms from “Is My Child Too Sick to Go to School?” guidelines
- “Is My Child Too Sick to Go to School?” (English)