School Nurse

Nurse Welcome Letter

Welcome to Ballard High School!

My name is Laurie Tirtanadi and I am your School Nurse for the 2021-2022 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, 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 M, T, Th, F from 8:45 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. and Wed from 8:45 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. Visit the School Nurse webpage for updates and my health and tips Nurse Notes too!

COVID-19 Testing | School-based testing is a proven strategy for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and communities. SPS has partnered with the Washington State Department of Health and the Health Commons Project to offer free testing for COVID-19 starting this fall. There will be more information to follow.

Annual Health Information Form | Please let me know if your child has a health condition which might impact his or her learning by completing this form online on the Source from (Sept 1-30). You can also complete the form from the SPS Health Services website and faxing it directly to me.

Expanded Health Services | All SPS students can access mental and physical health services through our many school-based health centers. Services include: Well-child exam, sports physicals, immunizations and flu shots, mental health support, reproductive health care, access for health insurance, and prescriptions for medications for chronic conditions such as asthma. We have a School-based Health Clinic right in Ballard High School visit the BTHC webpage.

Flu Shot Information | It is important for all of us to get an annual flu shot, especially those with chronic conditions such as asthma or those who live with family members who have weak immune systems. Flu and COVID-19 symptoms are almost the same. People who are at-risk for COVID-19 are also at-risk for the flu. All SPS students can get flu shots through the School- based Health Centers. Seattle Visiting Nurses and SPS are working to provide weekend flu shot clinics September 18 – October 6. More information to come.

Immunizations | We want to protect every student from communicable diseases especially during COVID-19. If your child is lacking school-district required vaccines, I will contact you. It is possible that I am missing records of vaccines your child has already had. There are teen vaccines that are not required for school but are recommended by the Center for Disease Control. These are: Hepatitis A (2 doses), Meningococcal B (2 doses) , Meningococcal A(1 or 2 doses), HPV (2 or 3 doses). All of these are available through the School-based health centers or through the King County website.

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.

In good times and in challenging times, I know that 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.

If your child has a LIFE-THREATENING HEALTH CONDITION (anaphylaxis, diabetes, seizures, asthma, etc), please complete and send/fax the needed medical forms needed during the beginning of the school year. Immunizations will need to be up to date as well, please check with your family’s medical provider.

All forms are on the SPS website on the Health Services page or you can send me an email requesting the needed form.

Helpful 4 forms are found on the SPS Health Services website include:

  1. Medication Authorization Form
  2. Release of Medical Records
  3. 21-22 Data Verification Form/Annual Health Information Update on The Source by Sept 30
  4. Authorization for treatments/procedures performed at school

Also of interest:

The Certificate of Exemption for Vaccinations Form from the Department of Health and accessing your student’s immunization records on the Family Immunization page.

Again, welcome and let me know if I can be of assistance to you.

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 | Fax: (206) 743-3106

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