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    Life-Threatening Health Conditions

    Washington State law requires that when there is a student with a known life-threatening health condition, schools must be prepared for a life-threatening event on the day the student starts school. Please complete the appropriate forms and take needed medication(s) to the school before your child's first day of attendance. If you have questions, please call your school nurse. These documents need to provide current information and should be prepared after July 1 for the following school year.

    Life-Threatening Health Condition Health Packet Forms

    Significant Medical Condition or Disability

    If you believe that your child has a health condition that requires daily attention of a school nurse, administration of non-oral medication during the school day, a procedure requiring the skill of a licensed nurse, or a fragile condition requiring the daily assessment of a school nurse, please contact the Student Health Services program manager (206) 252-0752 prior to selecting a school. Please refer to Life-Threatening Health Conditions for more detail if you child falls into that category.

    Home / Hospital Instruction

    • Home / Hospital Instruction - is a state (OSPI) program that provides funding for schools to provide limited scholastic support to students with a health issue. To qualify, students must be expected to miss at least four (4) weeks of school, but no more than eighteen (18) weeks. In case of chronic illness, the services can be intermittent (Please indicate this on the application form). The form must be signed by the parent/guardian and the health care provider.
    • Pregnancy and Postpartum - the "usual and customary" weeks of postpartum service are six (6) for a routine vaginal delivery and eight (8) for a c-section. Please do not exceed those numbers without indicating a reason the student is unable to attend classes because of her own medical needs.
    • Please note that Health Services merely verifies the student’s eligibility for services and serves as a pass through for funding from OSPI.  The school is responsible for finding a tutor and setting up the educational plan.
    • There are strict requirements for reimbursement from OSPI for this funding so if/when the request is approved, please read the instructions carefully as  we cannot fund services until H/H is approved.  Buildings will be responsible for any expenses incurred beyond the limits of the program.
    • Special Education Students - IMPORTANT: If a student cannot attend school because of a need related to his/her qualifying special education condition, do not submit a Home/Hospital application until after contacting the school's Section 504 coordinator and the IEP responsible staff for that student.  Special Education manages funding for IDEA students who require Home Hospital support.
    • Click here for Home Hospital forms

    Transportation for Medical Reasons

    Students who live within the walk zone but who have a medical condition that makes transportation necessary. This may be used for short-term or long-term conditions and must be renewed each year. 

    Special Education Students - This cannot be used to serve Special Education students for conditions related to their qualifying condition. Contact Special Education in those cases.

    Medical Transportation Application *Application must be renewed each year.

    Students with Disabilities

    If your child has a disability s/he may qualify for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For more information, please see the following procedures and forms for the identification, evaluation and provision of services to 504 students.

    For more information on 504, check out Seattle Public Schools 504 webpage

    Diet Prescription for Meals at School

    Students who need special school meals due to the student's disability or chronic medical condition must have a Diet Prescription completed and signed by the student's health-care provider.

    Seattle Public Schools Nutrition Services-Diet Prescription for Meals at School

    Level B - Full Time Nursing Service

    Seattle Public Schools offers regionally placed schools with full time nursing services for students who require professional nursing on a regular basis. Click here for a list of Level B schools by region.

    Students with Asthma

    Asthma Management in the Education Setting (AMES) (External Link)

    Students with Severe Allergies or Anaphylaxis

    Students With Diabetes

    Please call the Student Health Services' program manager 206-252-0750 to discuss the school placement needs of your student prior to enrollment

    Students with Seizure Disorders

    Students with Extraordinary Nursing Needs

    OSPI Staff Model for the Delivery of School Health Services- describes student acuity levels.