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    Ballard High School Nurse

    Welcome to Ballard High School 2020-21! 

    My name is Laurie Tirtanadi and I am your new School Nurse. I’m very excited to be working with all of you! My job is to support your child’s health and learning this upcoming year. With all the uncertainty surrounding the school year, I hope to be able to collaborate with, and support you as we navigate these challenging times. I look forward to speaking with you by phone or communicating with you by email.

    I am available weekdays via email or phone. My office number is 206-252-1007 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 you have any questions or concerns.


    Current Resources For Families!

    New! More SVNA Flu Clinics Added | Refer to SPS News!

    Immunization Resources

    I also have information for families regarding COVID-19 Resources, as well as Screening/SCAN Program, as well as Expanded Health Services, current Immunizations information, a Strength and Difficulty Questionnaire (SDQ), and more!  Check back regularly for updates. 

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    Prepare for Your Student’s Health at School

    Washington state law requires that school staff and parents/guardians 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. To report an issue, you can contact the nurse directly by phone or email.

    Please make sure you have completed the Annual Student Health Update paper form (on the district Health Services Forms page). Examples include: Seizures, diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergic reaction, cancer treatment, and anemia.

    Medication at School

    If a student needs to take any type of medication during the school day, even if it is temporary, an Authorization for Medications Taken at School form (on the Health Services Forms page) must be completed by the student's health care provider and signed by the parent/guardian.

    Medical Treatments at School

    If a student needs a treatment at school, such as: G-tube feeding, insulin calculation, clean urinary catheterization, suctioning, nebulizer, dressing change, and others please have the student's health care provider complete the Authorization for Treatments and Procedures to be Performed at School form (on the Health Services Forms page).

    Fall Flu Shots

    Protect yourself and your community from the flu. Students (ages 4 and older), staff, and community members can get their annual flu shot at one of the flu shot clinics. Visit the SPS Flu Shot Clinics pageMost forms of insurance (including Apple Health and Medicaid) and cash or check are accepted. Students who are enrolled in their school-based health center can also get the flu shot. Visit the King County School Health website for a listing of locations. 


    Note! Schedule Flu Shot appt if needed with the Nurse at the BTHC for flu shots. Contact Say Tuitele at sailau.tuitele@swedish.org or at 206-390-3555. No cost. Protection from influenza with the flu vaccine is important. Plan for your flu shot!


    Immunization Resources

    Contact Information

    BHS SCHOOL NURSE

    Laurie Tirtanadi
    Laurie Tirtanadi, RN, MS, ARNP

    Email: ljtirtanadi@seattleschools.org
    Phone: 206-252-1007
    Fax: 206-743-3106 (confidential)

    Hours: Available by phone/email during BHS Hours M-F
    Office Location: 1st Floor left of the Main Office.



    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. 


    Additional Resources

    Visit our district Health Services Resources page for links to additional helpful information for families.

    School-Based Health Center (SBHC)

    BHS Teen Health Center

    List of King County 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.

    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. 



    Swedish Ballard Teen Health Center (BTHC) 

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

    Updated 10/22/2020