Mission StatementThe Health Services Department will commit all of its human and material resources to increase the number of students who are ready to learn, to support teachers in creating environments which sustain the learning readiness of students, and to assist all students in maximizing their personal levels of physical, social, and emotional wellness. We are partners in this most important work with families, district staff and community supporters.
Student Health Services meets this commitment by providing a comprehensive program of services that encompasses prevention, early detection, and remediation of health problems by providing health services, health education, and a healthy environment.
Sasha Stubrich, RN, BSN
District Registered Nurse
Riverside High School
Brandi Potter, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse serving:
Jamie Harper, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse serving:
Riverside Elementary and
Riverside Middle School
Riverside Middle School
Back-to-school health and safety tips
Return to school during the pandemic
Cloth face coverings & hand hygiene: All children over age 2 years and all adults should wear cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth to stop the spread of the virus. When worn correctly, cloth face coverings are safe to wear for long periods of time such as during the school day. In addition, frequent hand washing with soap and water when available, and using hand sanitizer is important for everyone.
Students at higher risk: While COVID-19 school policies can reduce risk, they will not prevent it. Some students with high-risk medical conditions may need other accommodations. Talk with your pediatrician and school staff (including school nurses) to see if your child needs additional solutions to help ensure safety at school.
COVID-19 Symptoms: Parents/Guardians should monitor their child daily for developing signs of illness. If your child develops one or more symptoms they should not go to school. If your child is ill they will need to stay home for 10 days and be symptom free without medication for 24 hours. Your child may return to school earlier if they receive a negative test result and are symptom free for 24 hours or you have a health care provider note stating their illness is not COVID-19 related and have been symptom free for 24 hours without medication. Communication is necessary during this time. If you find yourself in a unique situation, contact your school nurse for guidance.
- Fever (100.4) or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Immunizations & well-child exams: It is important as students return to school that they are up to date on their immunizations. It will be critical that students and staff get their flu shot this year to reduce the spread of influenza this fall and winter.
Nutrition: Many students receive healthy meals through school meal programs. More students might be eligible for free or reduced meals than before the pandemic. Schools should provide meal programs even if the school closes or the student is sick and stays home from school.
Organization Links for Parents
Disease and Organization Links
- Academy of Pediatrics: Information for you and your family.
- Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc
- Allergy Internet Resources Information and links for allergies and allergy testing.
- American College of Chest Physicians – Patient Instructions for Inhaled Devices (inhaler, discus, spacer, nebulizer)
- American Lung Association
- American Diabetes Association
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
- www.fanteen.org – a website for kids and teens offering practical advice on common day-to-day activities, including how to handle social situations, dating and kissing.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Diseases & Conditions.
- Children with Diabetes
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Doctor’s Guide to Asthma Information and Resources
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Epilepsy Foundation – Information on seizure disorders.
- Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network – Educate your child’s friends about food allergy
- Food Allergy News for Kids and Teens – Educates teens with food allergies and offers practical advice on common day-to-day activities including how to handle social situations and dating.
- MedlinePlus Skin Conditions
- National Asthma Education and Prevention Program
- National Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- Northwest Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
- O.A.S.I.S. Online Aspergers Syndrome Information and Support.
- Shriners Hospital for Children, Educational information, conditions treated and application for Shriners help.
- The Magic Foundation
- Tony Atwood – online information on Aspergers Syndome and resources http://www.tonyattwood.com.au/
- Tourette Syndrome Association
- Washington Optometric Association
Diseases and Prevention
- American Academy of Dermatologists Information on various skin conditions, acne, patient information and professional information
- Rare Disease Database Nationwide information on various rare diseases.
Guide to Medical Informatics and Telemedicine Glossary of Internet terminology written for health professionals
- Dental Association Research and clinical dental issues.
- American Diabetes Association A resource for professionals and diabetics. Latest information and research is shared.
- Merck Manual A leading source for health information on the web.
- Nursing 2005 Drug Handbook Drug information and updates, patient teaching, news capsules, clinical pearls, links, and continuing education, provided by Springhouse Corporation.
- Mental Health: Barriers to learning
- Selective Mutism
- American School Health Association Promotes the health of our nation’s youth. Publications, conferences and memberships are shared here.
- School Health Alert Newsletter Articles, sharing ideas with other nurses, links, publications and a bookstore is available here.
National Association of School Nurses The National Association of School Nurses improves the health and educational success of children and youth by developing and providing leadership to advance school nursing practice. Position statements and links are available.
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing This site shares the Boards of Nursing information, nurse practice acts and regulations, publications, meetings, research, and statistical data.
- School Nurse Organization of Washington. The mission statement, continuing education opportunities, membership information, officers and links to resources are found here.
- Nurse Week - general school nurse information (do not need to subscribe)
School Nurse Web Sites
- Gerri Harvey, RN, MEd Tools, Resources, and inspiration for school nurses
- Martha Dewey Bergren Home Page Many links to other resources
Special Health Needs
- Information Center on Children & Youth with Disabilities NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals.