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    Meet the School Nurse

    Hello, my name is [Name] and I am the full-time/part-time nurse at [School Name]. I’m here to make sure that your student is safe and healthy while at school. My nursing experience includes ___. I’ve worked as a school nurse for ___ years. I am committed to/passionate about/excited for ___.

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    Welcome To Ballard High School

    Meet The School Nurses

    Annette Cologna School NurseHello, my name is Annette Cologna, RN and I am the full-time school nurse at Ballard High School. My nurse experience varies from working in general medical surgical, orthopedic, psychiatric to specializing in cardiac and thoracic care and, most recently, as a school nurse the past 4 years. I am passionate about working with youth and I feel confident that I can attend many of your child’s ills and injuries. More information is available in my Welcome To BHS 2019-20 Letter.

    In addition, this year there will be another nurse, Robert Murdock, LPN, one day a week to help meet the health needs of BHS students. Rob has a background in trauma assessment and treatment as well as family practice. He enjoys “working with kids and looks forward to the day of the week that he gets to spend here”. 

    Important Note From The BHS Nurse

    For your student's safety, it is important that we have medical information, Diabetic and Seizure Physician Care Plans, medication authorization forms to prepare and train staff in case of an emergency. Please inform us if your student has Seizure Disorder, Diabetes, Asthma, Life-Threatening Allergic Reaction, or any other potentially life-threatening medical condition and complete the paperwork listed below.

    -> Download, complete and return the Authorization for Medications to Be Taken at School form(s) if your student requires medication(s) to be taken at school. Forms are also available in the School Nurse office.

    -> Update your student's health information online via the Student Verification Form on the Source by September 30). If you are unable to update online, or after 9/30 you may submit the Annual Student Health Information Form to the School Nurse.

    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.

    Immunization Information

    To attend school students must present a signed Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS). Our district requires that immunization information on the CIS comes from a medical provider. WA State Immunization laws state that the student is in compliance if they are:

    • Fully immunized or
    • In process of getting immunized
    • Has a completed Certificate of Exemption

    As of July 28, 2019, personal exemptions are no longer accepted in Washington State for the measles-MMR vaccine. Students who were previously in compliance with a Certificate of Exemption for MMR are now listed as out of compliance with state law.

    You can obtain a copy of your own or your child’s (under age 18) immunization record located in the Washington Immunization Information System (WAIIS).

    Visit to keep up-to-date with past immunizations, get reminders for your family’s future immunizations, and even print your own official records.

    Students can receive immunizations through their school-based health center (SBHC).

    Other Immunization Resources:

    Contact Information

    Annette Cologna, RN, BSN
    Robert Murdock, LPN

    Phone: (206) 252-1007
    Fax: (206) 743-3106 (confidential)

    Mon, Tues, Thur & Friday:
    8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
    Office Location: 1st Floor off the Commons to the left of the Main Office.

    Breaking News!

    Flu Shot Clinic: Tues, Oct 8, 2019 at 3:00-7:00 pm - BHS Performing Arts Center Lobby. Download available forms.

    Fall Flu Shots

    Protect yourself and your community from the flu. Seattle Visiting Nurse Association will provide your annual flu shot to students (ages 4 and older), staff and community members. Most forms of insurance (including Apple Health and Medicaid) and cash or check are accepted. Visit the SPS Flu Clinics page for dates/times for a clinic near you. Students who are enrolled in their school-based health center (SBHC) can also get the flu shot. Visit the King County School Health website for a listing of locations.

    Additional Resources

    Visit our SPS District Health Services Additional Resources page for links to additional helpful information for families.

    SPS Summer Healthcare Resource Guide | Where you can go when your school is closed and after graduation (2018-2019)

    Swedish Ballard Teen Health Center (THC)

    In addition to nurse services, we are fortunate to have a fully-staffed clinic School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at BHS. It comprises of a nurse practitioner, mental health and chemical dependency counselors. The THC is conveniently located in the healthcare center next to my office and 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 in their office and on the Teen Health Center page.

    Teen Health Center Hours
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Phone: (206) 781-6400
    Fax: (206) 784-5493

    Visit the Ballard HS THC webpage for more details.

    Updated 9/5/2019