Health Services at Seattle Public Schools
About the Nursing Program
NEW* Mump In Washington State:
Dear School Community,
As you may know, many cases of mumps are showing up in King County. Please watch your students closely for signs and symptoms, including: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and/or swollen, tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides. If you notice these in your student, please contact their health care provider immediately. Fortunately, students who have been vaccinated are far less likely to get mumps, and if they do, are less likely to have a severe case. Please ensure that your student has been thoroughly vaccinated. Be advised: there is a possibility that if a case occurs in our school community, students who have not been fully vaccinated may need to be excluded from school for at least 25 days for their own and the community’s safety.
Click HERE for more information from Department of Health website.
Thank you for your attention. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse.
Health Services Staff
We're Hiring!! Seattle Public Schools is hiring nurses.
Read our job description for school nurse.
Visit our job opportunities webpage to search for open positions and apply to be a school nurse.
Student Health Services' staff is ready to partner with you to assure your child's success.
Student Health Services is the nursing program of Coordinated School Health Department. We are committed to assuring a safe and healthy environment for all learners. Our staff of dedicated certificated registered school nurses, RNs, LPNs, and other support staff are experts in student health in the educational environment.
School nurses in Seattle Public Schools have a minimum of a BSN and hold an ESA from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, which requires post-graduate coursework specific to nursing in the education setting.
Many of our nurses have masters or doctoral degrees and are nationally certified in school nursing. Our team of over 80 professional nurses is supervised by a Registered Nurse and they receive regular professional development on related school health topics.
What We Do
Nurses work with students, families, and school staff to assure that all children participate fully in Seattle Public Schools educational programs. This begins with daily attendance, being well-rested, well-fed, and ready to learn. Our goal is that all children are successful in school.
Please call your child's school and connect with the nurse if you have any questions about your child's health at school. Check here to find school contact number.
School nurses serve all students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. The nurse's role is to assure that students receive required screenings, are compliant with immunization laws, have required individual health plans (IHPs) in place, school staff are trained on the essential and, individual needs of students with chronic health conditions.
They support a positive safe school climate, assist the school team in disability accommodations, provide direct nursing care, delegate safe medication administration to school staff, and participate in school health education.
School Based Health Centers
Some of our schools have a School Based Health Center (SBHC) on site that is staffed by an ARNP, counselor, and Clinic Coordinator.
SBHC staff are employed by various local providers including Group Health Cooperative, International Community Health Services, King County Public Health, Neighborcare, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital and Odessa Brown Clinic.
Students who are enrolled in their SBHC have access to comprehensive medical and mental health care.
Learn more about SBHCs in Seattle Public Schools including a list of schools served by SBHCs.