Welcome to the Renton School District's Health Services Department. We are strongly committed to student health and well-being. A child who is not healthy is unlikely to be alert, attentive, and ready to learn. Our comprehensive school health program promotes student success.
A Message from the School Nurses
Below are tips to help your child have a healthy experience at school.
- Notify the office or school nurse if your child has any health condition.
- Life Threatening Conditions – If your child has a life-threatening condition such as a severe allergy to food or bees, asthma, diabetes, or seizures, the state of Washington requires medication, treatment orders, a nursing care plan and trained staff are in place before a student may begin school.
Medication at School
- Administration of all prescription and over-the-counter medications requires a medication authorization form that must be completed by your child’s health care provider and signed by a parent or guardian.
- Medication must be unexpired, in its original container and labeled with the student’s name.
- You must provide medically-verified immunization records for your student.
- The State of Washington requires immunizations before a child may begin school. Please see the accompanying flyer for immunization requirement details.
- If you need help finding medical coverage so you can get immunizations for your child, call 206-284-0331 or 1-800-756-5437. Interpreters are available.
Ill or Injured Students
- The school health room is for temporary care only. As soon as possible, an authorized adult must pick up students for: injury, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, or coughing that interferes with learning.
- Fill out your child’s emergency information completely and notify the office of any changes in your telephone numbers.
- Discuss pick-up plans with your emergency contacts so they will know your expectations if you are unavailable.
Help promote readiness to learn by encouraging your child to:
- Wash hands before eating, after using the toilet and after nose blowing, coughing or sneezing.
- Cover coughs with a sleeve, not the hands.
- Get enough sleep.
- Elementary students need about 10-12 hours a night.
- Middle school students need about 10-11 hours a night.
- High school students need about 8-9 hours a night.
- Eat a healthy diet and eat breakfast every day.
- Wear clothing appropriate for the weather.
If you need help accessing community resources such as healthcare, health insurance, counseling resources or food and clothing bank, please contact your school nurse.
Renton school nurses are registered nurses (RNs) who have bachelor's or higher and a Washington State Educational Staff Associate (ESA) School Nurse certificate. Previous nursing experience in many areas of health care add to our school nurse team’s ability to support our students with severe and life-threatening medical conditions. School nurses serve as the health professional for the school community and provide a variety of services that support student learning. School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. Our nurses provide direct services on a part time basis in most of our schools.
Our Comprehensive School Health Program includes:
School Health Services
- Preventative and early identification services including screening programs for vision and hearing
- Emergency care for illness and injuries, and referral
- Management of acute and chronic health conditions
- Medication administration and monitoring
- Management and monitoring of communicable diseases
- Immunization compliance
- Assistance and support of District Health Curriculum to facilitate student's development of health knowledge, attitudes, and skills
- Health information and referral resource support for school staff
- Partnering with parents and school community to promote wellness and prevention
- Supporting a healthy school environment which includes a safe physical and psychological environment