Many parents know that children need to be immunized to attend Washington State schools, or have a physicians note (). But there are other health check-ups that students should have before returning to school, according to Sandie Tracy, registered nurse and health service supervisor for Northshore School District.
“Getting a physical is a good first step toward getting kids ready for the school year,” Tracy said. “As parents, if our children are pretty healthy we get into our routines and sometimes forget that annual check-up.”
In most school districts, an annual physical examine is needed before a student can join a sports team, but a year check-up is a good idea for all students, according the American Academy of Pediatrics. The doctor can make sure the child’s growth rate is on track and get a base understanding of the child’s overall health.
Parents of students with specific medical needs -- those who require medication during the day, for example -- should be sure to submit a release form to their child's school.
"For anyone who has a medical issue, a nurse alert form should be filled out and taken to the school before the first day of school," said Kathryn Reith, spokeswoman for the Lake Washington School District.
Find a copy of the form here. School nurses will be back on the job this month. For contact information on nurses in the Lake Washington School District, click here. Parents needing assistance with health care can find more resources on the district web pages; check here.
The first day of school in the Lake Washington School District is staggered this year due to the grade reconfiguration, either Sept. 4 or 5.