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.

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.

General Resources

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

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"

Whooping Cough

Washington State Department of Health: Whooping Cough Epidemic