Good health and learning go hand in hand.  Longview Public Schools strives to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all of its students, and we invite our entire education community to join our efforts!

Please familiarize yourself with the following health-related information, and contact your school health room staff with any questions.

Washington state law requires a completed and signed Certificate of Immunization Status form on file at school by the first day of your child’s attendance.

Please note the immunizations required for school registration, and if you have any questions, contact the school nurse.

Please visit the Washington State Department of Health website for vaccine information, school requirements, and forms.

It is important for the school to be able to contact someone if your child is sick or injured.

Please notify the school office when you change phone numbers (home, work and cell phone) or home address.

Also, notify the school office if there are changes to the names and/or phone numbers of people you have authorized to be contacted if you cannot be reached.

If your child is ill, please keep him/her home for rest and tender loving care. A child must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has vomited, he/she should not return to school until able to keep food down. If your child’s doctor prescribes an antibiotic, it must be taken for 24 hours before your child returns to school.

Please call the school health room if you have any questions about your child returning to school after an illness, surgery or injury and to discuss any special health needs your child may have during the school day.

Washington State Law (RCW 28A.210.260) prohibits staff members from administering medications  to students without the following:

  • All medications, either prescription or over-the-counter, needs a current, unexpired physician’s written order.  The order needs to include the name of the medication, dose, and directions.  The order needs to be signed and dated.
  • Parent/guardian will need to fill out, sign, and date an authorization form.
  • Medication must be in its original container and properly labeled by the pharmacy with the student’s name, time, and dosage.
  • Medication label MUST match physician’s order.
  • Parent/guardian will need to transport the medication to school.  Medication should never be transported by the student.

No medications of any kind (including Tylenol, Benadryl, cough drops, etc.) are kept in the health rooms for distribution to any student.

Medication orders must be renewed every school year.

If your child has a life-threatening health condition that might require medical services at school, you must immediately notify your principal or school nurse. A time will be arranged for you to meet with the principal and the school nurse prior to your child attending school.

Children with life-threatening conditions, such as severe bee sting or food allergies, severe asthma, unstable diabetes, severe seizures, etc., are required to have a medication or treatment order and nursing plan in place before they start school. The medication or treatment order must be from the child’s licensed health care provider.

If a medication or treatment order is not provided, the school’s chief administrator is required to exclude the child until such order is received, whether the student is new to the district or already attending the school. These exclusion procedures are in accordance with the rules (WACs) of the State Board of Education.

The law defines a life-threatening health condition as one “that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order and a nursing plan are not in place.” Read more at RCW 28A.210.320.

Vision and hearing: Students are checked for distance vision and normal hearing tones in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. Students may be checked at any time as requested by a teacher or parent with concerns.
Students are sometimes screened at school for lice and nits. Please notify the school if your child has head lice. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or read this notice for more information about head lice, and head lice treatment.
The school does not provide health insurance for students. You may, however, purchase insurance at minimal cost through a private company. Your child will bring home information on school insurance, and this is the only insurance service the school will provide.
Visit the Washington State Department of Health for more information about the human papilloma virus vaccine