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Accidents

Students who are injured at school will be sent to the office for examination by the school nurse. In case of an injury or emergency, it is important that phone numbers and emergency  information is up to date. Please inform the office of any changes as soon as possible.

Allergy Guidlines

Family’s Responsibility

  • Notify school of child’s allergies
  • Provide written medical documentation, instructions, and current medications as directed by a physician
  • Submit Dietary Prescription Request form if dietary alternatives are required
  • Provide alternatives for student when needed (eg. class projects, parties, holidays with celebrations etc)
  • Provide emergency contact information

School’s Responsibility

  • Review health records submitted by parents and physicians
  • Complete an individual health plan (IHP) and/or emergency care plan (ECP) for students diagnosed with severe or life-threatening food allergies prior to the student attending school.
  • The school nurse will organize and train school staff, including classroom teachers and lunchroom staff, regarding their responsibilities and care under the guidance of the written care plan(s), including recognizing symptoms and knowing what to do in an emergency
  • Coordinate with school nurse to ensure medications are available and properly stored and that all relevant staff know how to access medication and are trained to administer them
  • Provide a nut-free table in the lunchroom. All students may sit at the table as long as their lunches are nut-free. Lunchroom staff will supervise the table to ensure that all students have nut-free lunches.
  • Provide dietary alternatives for school lunch if a Dietary Prescription Request is filled out with physicians orders documenting student’s food allergy
  • Teachers will communicate with parents ahead of time to ensure alternatives are available for students when needed (eg. class projects, parties, holidays with celebrations etc)
  • Teachers will discuss field trips with parents ahead of time to decide appropriate strategies for managing the food allergy
  • Increase school-wide awareness amongst students about food allergies through whole-group teaching

Student’s Responsibility

  • Eat only own food
  • Notify an adult immediately if they eat something they believe they may be allergic to or if they feel an allergic reaction
Behavior Support (SVSD Policy #3240)

At SVSD, our students work hard in class and follow established expected behaviors to be safe, respectful, and responsible. From time to time, students display unexpected behaviors that require teachers and administrators to provide redirection and potentially a consequence. This chart provides an overview of various forms of problem behaviors. Teachers and administrators use their best discretion in responding to problem behavior in order to help students learn from their choices.

Problem Behavior Definition Examples
Learning Opportunity: Common misbehaviors that are brief and do not interfere with learning. May be attributed to age or normal human needs. Typically self-correcting.
  • Brief inattention or daydreaming
  • Some quiet talking during a transition
  • Short pause while working
Level I. Minor Problems: Infrequent behaviors that run counter to expectations or class procedures but do not seriously interfere with learning. If left unattended, might increase in intensity or frequency.
  • Calling out without raising hand
  • Leaving seat
  • Off task/doing unrelated activity
  • Passing notes
  • Excessive social talking
Level II. Moderate or Chronic Minor Problems: Behaviors that disrupt an activity or interfere with learning for self or small group or minor problems that occur so  frequently that they constitute a threat to learning.
  • Not following instructions
  • Arguing/disrespectful with teacher; not accepting criticism etc.
  • Chronic off-task
  • Roaming around room at will
  • Poor assignment completion etc.
Level III. Major Problem: Behaviors that present a threat to safety and learning environment. Student is out of instructional control and unable to respond to adult direction.
  • Illegal behavior or infraction of major school rule, board policy
  • Refusal to follow instructions or accept criticism
  • Intentional misbehavior that leads to harm of self or others
  • Level II behaviors that have not responded to  strategies and plans to redirect misbehavior
Consequences (SVSD Policy #3241)

Teachers and administrators apply consequences that naturally follow the behavior as much as possible. For example, if a student is off-task and is unable to complete their work, they might need to stay behind and continue working while their peers move on to the next activity. The severity of the consequence depends on the intensity and frequency of the problem behavior. All consequences are intended to help students learn from their choices and are accompanied by opportunities for students to reflect on their behavior and make a plan to move forward  positively.

Head Lice

Measures for safeguarding the school community from head lice are based on the Infectious Disease Control Guide for School Staff from the State of Washington  Department of Health & the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in  conjunction with current best evidence-based practice. The Snoqualmie Valley School District Health Services Department is responsible for carrying out these measures and follows operating guidelines to address the actions needed to support this procedure.  Please call the school nurse for more information.

Illness: When Your Child Should Stay Home

Specific symptoms for which a child should remain at home are:

  • FEVER: A child, who has had a fever of 100 degrees F. or over, should stay home for at least 24 hours after fever has passed without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • VOMITING: Students who have vomited should remain home for at least 12-24 hours  from the last episode and have been hungry for and kept down 2 normal meals.
  • DIARRHEA: Students who have loose/liquid stool should remain home until normal bowel patterns return.
  • SECRETIONS: Children with significant runny noses and/or profuse cough need to  remain home until the secretions have diminished to a controllable/containable level.
  • GENERAL ACHES/PAINS: If your child has any physical discomforts (i.e.: stomach ache, headache, sore throat, etc.), carefully assess your child. Your child should stay home if they have any of the above accompanying symptoms or are too uncomfortable to be able to concentrate in class.

This is a brief sampling of common reasons children should be kept home. There are many more contagious conditions which would merit exclusion.

Immunizations

Washington State Immunization Law (RCW 28A.210) requires parents to give schools a Certificate of Immunization Status before a child can attend school. Children entering elementary school are required to have had the following immunizations: DTP, Polio, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. In addition, as of September 1997, all children entering kindergarten are required to have the Hepatitis B vaccination. Parents may opt out of the vaccine requirements through the medical or personal exemption form.

Language and Hearing Assistance

To access language and hearing interpreters, please contact the Snoqualmie Valley School District office at 425-831-8000 by 4:30 pm, three days prior to any public meeting.

Medication at School (SVSD Policy #3416)

If a student must take medication at school, either prescription or over the counter, the medication must be kept and administered through the office. According to Washington State Law and District policy, we CANNOT dispense any medication at school without a completed “Physician Orders for Medication at School” form which is available in the school office.

ll medications must be labeled by the pharmacy and must be in their original container. The prescription label and the physician’s orders must match. Please do not send  medications, either over the counter or prescription, to school with your child to take on his or her own. This includes cough  drops. If you have questions, please call the school.

If your child has any allergies, asthma or any other health conditions, please call the school office and ask for the school nurse

Nurse's Office

The nurse's room is available if students become ill during the day. Students reporting to the office should first check-in with a secretary prior to entering the nurse's room.

Substance Abuse (SVSD Policy No. 5201)

Because the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by children and adolescents is harmful and illegal, we will not allow their use. We support chemical abstinence for all adolescents and children so that they can reach their full intellectual, emotional, social, and physical potential. All school personnel will enforce the prohibition of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Prevention services and other resources are available through community agencies and consultation with school staff.

Sunscreen at School

New State Law Allows Rub-on Sunscreen at School
As the weather improves, we are happy to share that Washington State recently passed a law that allows students to bring sunscreen to school and to self-apply it. Parents are welcomed to take advantage of this opportunity to better protect their child’s health. Please see the important directions below before sending sunscreen with your student.

  1. Students will apply the sunscreen to themselves. (School personnel are not required to assist students in applying sunscreen.)
  2. Parents should instruct students not to share sunscreen with others, since many people are allergic to paba, a common ingredient.
  3. Write the student’s name on the sunscreen container with a permanent marker.
  4. Send ONLY rub-on sunscreen to school.
    1. Many students do not have the coordination to effectively apply spray sunscreen only on themselves.
    2. Spray sunscreens in crowded school settings are a recipe for getting sunscreen in the eyes, mouths and noses of other students.
    3. Spray sunscreens are also particularly risky for students with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  5. Parents of younger children are encouraged to apply sunscreen to their students before school.