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Bellingham Public Schools employs six full time nurse positions. The nurses are each assigned to several schools, and carry cell phones making them readily available to their schools and staff.
School nurses are specialized professionals who provide knowledgeable insight into acute and chronic health conditions, and normal growth and development. Nurses can support your student by:
If your student has any health concerns, please contact your school nurse.
Before a student can attend school, parents must provide proof of full immunization, proof that a schedule of immunization has been started or a certificate of exemption. Immunization must be provided against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, mumps, measles, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella. Visit our immunization webpage for more information.
Medication at School
If a student requires medication-both prescription and non-prescription- during the school day, parents must return the completed form, Authorization for Medication at School. Visit our medication at school webpage for more information.
When should I send my child to school?
Here are recommendations about when your child should attend school or stay home when they have an illness.
Annual Health Concerns Document
Each year this form is to be completed by the Parent/Guardian and returned to their student’s school by mid-September.
Life Threatening Health Conditions
Before the first day of school the parent/guardian of students who have life threatening health conditions must provide the school nurse a copy of medication or treatment orders, and any necessary medication or equipment. The school nurse and the parent/guardian will develop an Individual Health Plan. A life threatening health condition is one that will put the student in danger of death during the school day or school sponsored activity if a medication or treatment order and an Individual Health Plan are not in place. This includes students with conditions such as anaphylaxis to bee stings, severe food allergies, diabetes and other health conditions. The school nurse can be contacted through the student’s school. If the student participates in school-sponsored activities the parent must contact the activity advisor or coach and the school nurse to make arrangements.
Head Lice Information
Head Lice Management Guidelines
Lice Tool Kit
Head Lice Treatment
Barbara Cummins, BSN, RN (360) 201-6390
Geneva & Roosevelt Elementary Schools; Kulshan Middle School; Options High School; Grads Program
Shelly Donahue, BSN, RN (360) 927-1773
Cordata & Columbia Elementary School; Squalicum High School
Lori Fransen, BSN, RN (360) 201-9178
Lowell & Silver Beach Elementary Schools; Whatcom Middle School
Alyssa Johnson, MSN, RN (360) 201-8766
Sunnyland & Wade King Elementary Schools; Sehome High School
Tobi Melton, BSN, RN (360) 961-9623
Northern Heights Elementary Schools; Bellingham High School; Community Transitions Program
Matt Neisinger, BSN, RN (360) 927-0884
Happy Valley & Parkview Elementary Schools; Fairhaven Middle School; Bellingham Family Partnership Program
Debra Wilkowski, BSN, RN (360) 303-0554
Alderwood, Birchwood & Carl Cozier Elementary Schools; Shuksan Middle School
Director, Jessica Sankey
Secretary, Peggy Carr
360-676-6470 ext. 4424