Health & Wellness

The Health & Wellness page intends to provide STS families with general tips and resources that focus on health and wellness. We rely on the expertise of others in the medical community, while attempting to put information and advice into the context of our particular school. Parents are reminded that information contained on this webpage and in STS information letters are for general guidance only. Every child is unique and parents must seek medical guidance regarding their own unique circumstances. Please note that STS does not specifically endorse any specific companies or agencies listed on this website.

The Washington State Department of Health
Parent Handbook: Health and Safety (including Oral Medications)

Health Room

WA State regulations do NOT allow STS to dispense of any medications, even over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or cough drops, without a specific doctor’s prescription, parent permission, and the original container. Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, the administrative assistants will only be able to provide basic first aid, ice packs, a quiet place to rest, and some basic TLC unless a child requires specific medication and the appropriate forms, etc. are on file. This means that when a child is sent to the office complaining of a sore throat or headache, the office will not provide ANY medications. In most cases, a drink of water, time to rest, a band aid, or an ice pack takes care of the issue. Our goal is to assess and monitor any illness or injury, return students to class as soon as practical and, if more serious in nature, inform parents, and possibly arrange for the child to be taken home.

Flu

Know What to do About the Flu: Government website dedicated to the flu
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Contact CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or by email.

Head Lice

Washington State Department of Health resources
Lice Knowing You: "Head Lice Removal Experts"

Measles

Measles is extremely contagious, and can be serious, especially for young children. If your child has measles, please keep them home.

  • Measles virus travels through the air. You can get measles if you go near someone who has the virus because the virus stays for up to two hours in the air of a room where a person with measles has been.
  • You can catch measles from an infected person as early as four days before they have a rash and for up to four days after the rash appears.
  • Almost everyone who has not had the vaccine will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.
  • Foreign travel or exposure to foreign travelers increases the risk for measles.
  • Measles is the deadliest of all childhood rash/fever illnesses.

The best protection against measles is to get vaccinated. Make sure to protect yourself and your children with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Measles Symptoms

Measles starts with

  • fever
  • diarrhea
  • coughing
  • runny nose
  • red and watery eyes
  • tiredness  

After a few days, a rash begins, which usually starts on the face and can spread over the entire body. Measles usually lasts 7 to 10 days.

In some people, especially people who are have chronic medical problems, are pregnant, or are malnourished, measles also leads to serious problems such as pneumonia, brain damage, blindness, deafness, and death.

Further Resources:

Whooping Cough

Washington State Department of Health: Whooping Cough Epidemic

Zika Virus