School Nurse Services

School Nurse Corps Program
The District Nurses are a part of the School Nurse Corps Program facilitated by the Educational Service District 112.

School Nurse Corps Mission
The School Nurse Corps, in partnership with schools, families, and communities, will help students to achieve academic success by improving school health services and health outcomes.

What Does the School Nurse Do?

  • Assess and provide for the critical needs of students in schools, i.e., emergency plans for students with life threatening medical conditions, medically fragile students, students with health concerns and/or requiring nursing treatments.
  • Provide consultant services to school personnel regarding health issues such as communicable disease control.
  • Assess the physical and emotional health of students as related to the educational process and within the scope of school nurse practice; initiate referrals for further diagnosis and treatment of the identified health needs and provide follow-up; communicate health concerns that may impact learning to appropriate staff with parent and/or student consent.
  • Coordinate and implement health screenings mandated by law. Including referral and follow-up.
  • Provide health counseling and crisis intervention to students; serve as an advocate for the health rights of students and as a professional liaison between the school, family, and health community.
  • Delegate, train and supervise medication administration and nursing treatments as allowed by law. -Cooperate with administrators and other staff to identify school safety and environmental health needs.
  • Assist district administration in writing and adopting school health policies.

Contact your school nurse when:

  • You have concerns or questions about your child’s health or behavior
  • You want information about health care services in the community
  • You need to discuss healthy choices for your family
  • You need dental care for your child
  • Your child’s attendance starts to change
  • Your child has a life-threatening or chronic medical condition
  • Your child requires medication while at school

Your School Nurses:

Sarah Holmes – Jemtegaard/Columbia River Gorge 360-954-3415
Martin McCauley- Washougal High School 360-954-3110
Laurie Schmitz- Gause 360-954-3776, Cape/Canyon 360-954-3616
Kate Trabue- Hathaway 360-954-3808
Judy Huntley – Gause 360-954-3776
Tracy Johnson – Jemtegaard/Columbia River Gorge 360-954-3415

For additional information and forms in all languages, please visit the Washington State Department of Health Webpage for Immunizations or use these links to access the Department of Health Provided immunization requirement forms:

2019-2020 Vaccine Requirements

Washington State law requires all students to be fully immunized against chicken pox, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, pertussis, mumps and rubella before attending school.

  • Five doses of tetanus-diphtheria (fewer doses may be accepted depending on child’s age and dosage spacing)
  • Four doses of polio (three doses may be accepted if the third dose was given after child’s fourth birthday and correct dosage spacing)
  • Two doses of the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine after age one and at least one month apart
  • Hepatitis B series with the final dose being given after child was six months old
  • Two doses of varicella (chicken pox) after age one and at least one month apart or written verification of the disease from a licensed health care provider
  • Tdap before entering sixth grade if the child is eleven years of age, otherwise due at age 11

Print the 2019-2020 Certificate of Immunization Status Form

Parents and guardians must provide a record of student’s immunizations by completing a Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form available from the Washington State Department of Health in multiple languages.

If you do not already have your child’s official immunization record, there are multiple options for obtaining immunization records.

Vaccines Given in Washington State

  1. Access the provider-verified certificate on the Washington State Immunization Information System. Once you create an account on Washington MyIR, you will be able to access the certificate at any time.
  2. Ask your clinic or provider to fax or mail the vaccine report to you or to the nurse at your child’s school. You may also pick this up from the provider’s office.
  3. Visit your primary care provider and have them print a copy of your child’s Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS). It must be signed, dated, and submitted to the school nurse.

Vaccines Given Outside of Washington State

  1. Ask your clinic or provider fax or mail the vaccine report to you or to the nurse at your child’s school.
  2. Transfer your child’s immunizations on to a Washington State Certificate of Immunization (CIS). It must be signed and dated and submitted to the school nurse and we request you attach the original vaccine record.

Exempt Status

To request your child to be exempt from any immunization requirement, you must have a completed Certificate of Exemption (COE) form on file, which may be obtained from your child’s school or health care provider.

Students with exempt status will be excluded from school in the event of an outbreak and will remain excluded per Department of Health recommendations. One case constitutes an outbreak.

2020-2021 Vaccine Requirements for New Students

All new students enrolling in Washougal School District for 2020-2021 are required to provide medically verified immunization records.

This means immunization records turned into the school for incoming students must be from a health care provider, or paperwork from a health care provider must be attached to a handwritten form showing your child’s records are accurate.

Examples include:

Learn more about changes to state immunization rules for schools effective August 1, 2020, on the Washington State Department of Health website.

Print the 2020-2021 Certificate of Immunization Status Form

Parents and guardians must provide a record of student’s immunizations by completing a 2020-2021 Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form available from the Washington State Department of Health in multiple languages.

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