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    Ingraham School Nurse Letter


    Welcome to Ingraham! I share space with the Teen Health Center and am at Ingraham Monday-Friday, next to the attendance and main office.

    Health Registration Form

    Please complete the Health Registration Form and return to me (found in your first day packet). I look forward to working with you and your student to manage any acute or ongoing health concerns.

    It is especially helpful to have current phone numbers and to be aware of any health related issues that may impact your student’s ability to learn, attend class regularly or to get about the building safely.

    Medications at School???

    Taking medications at school regularly or as needed? We must have an 'Authorization for Medication' form on file with the school nurse. Yes, this even includes medications like Tylenol and Ibuprofen that students take themselves as well as allergy medications and inhalers! You can email me or stop by my office.

    Complete the parent section, name the medication and have your doctor fill out the bottom section (complete with signature and date). Return the form directly to me. This form must be renewed each school year and allows students to carry their medications or leave a supply (in original container), in the nurse office. 10-12 graders: Those who got packets to me last June bring meds to me before school starts. Please do not send it mixed in with other forms to the main office as it may take weeks before I see it!

    No medications needed during school? – No need to complete the Authorization for Medication form.

    If your student was caught in a disaster and stranded at school for several days would they have their needed medications? Do they ever forget their medications at home? Families are strongly encouraged to keep a 3-day disaster supply of medications (in original containers) at school with the nurse along with the medication authorization consent forms. Having a back up supply is particularly important for students with inhalers, epi-pens, diabetes and seizures. In addition, students with inhalers and epi-pens must have demonstrated correct usage to the nurse in order to self-administer.


    We have a new data base for following immunization please sign form so that I may add your student’s immunizations. All students are required to have two Varicella or “Chicken pox” vaccinations (previously phased in for younger grades) or verified disease status. If you received an out of compliance letter please bring in documentation at the start of the year.

    Immunizations are important to keep all our students safe and healthy. More over, they are required for continued attendance at school. Non compliant students are excluded at Ingraham. Immunizations are available from your provider/clinic, many pharmacies, or the Ingraham Teen Health Center (a wonderful, free, on site resource). Contact me for any questions or to update your student’s immunization status.

    All students must have completed their Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis series (including a Tdap within the last 5 years), Polio series, Measles/Mumps/Rubella series and Hepatitis B series.) Meningococcal, Hep A, and HPV vaccines are strongly recommended but not required for grades 9-12.

    We are tracking immunizations with Washing Immunization Information System (WAIIS). This should save time as 70% of the immunization are already recorded by your doctor/provider. Please sign and return the Immunization record sharing agreement and or feel free to call me should you have any questions.

    Free and Reduced Lunch - Food isn’t the only benefit!

    If your student is eligible for free/reduced lunch please complete the form you received in your first day packet or ask for another. All students need the option of a healthy breakfast and lunch to fuel their brains and be successful at school. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school than kids who don’t. This includes better math and reading scores, better classroom behavior and better attendance. Students also qualify for a variety of fee waivers if they have qualified for free/reduced lunch so don’t forget to sign for the ‘other benefits’ too. PSAT, SAT, ACT and college application fees are just a few! It also assists IHS in qualifying for additional federal and/or state education dollars. What a deal to help fuel your student for a successful day at school!

    Vision, Hearing and Scoliosis Screens

    These screens are not routinely done in high school but will be done when a concern is expressed or upon request. I will be screening 9th grade student’s vision this fall with a cool photo screening device which was received through a grant. It looks for 5 different common vision difficulties. This grants was supported by many of our Ingraham families and by Paul Allen. Let me know if you would like to opt your student out.

    Ingraham Teen Health Center

    Separate from the School Nurse, the Ingraham Teen Health Center (ITHC) is a safe, confidential place where students from Ingraham can receive medical and mental health care and learn how to live healthier lives. Operated by Public Health and Group Health, the ITHC is located next to the attendance and main office. Students must register at the ITHC before receiving services. A parent or guardian must sign a consent form for the student to be seen, except in the areas of mental health and sexuality where minors can self consent per state law.

    Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

    SPS uses the SDQ questionnaire to identify students who can benefit from support, referrals, and extra planning. When students are struggling academically it is especially important to find out if there are barriers to learning that need to be addressed. We are delighted to have a tool that is well established, accessible to parents and older students, translated into many languages, simple to use and helpful to guide decisions about the best student support.

    There are many circumstances where this tool may be useful for your child: academic concerns, failing the HSPE, needing a Student Learning Plan, being reviewed by the Student Intervention Team. If any of these problems appear, SPS staff may want to give this screen to your student. You can have the site create a report for your information or review the tool at: If you do NOT want the SDQ given to your child please call or email me with your student’s name and I will send you an exemption form to complete and return.

    I want all our students to be healthy and safe. Please come see or call me if you have questions, concerns or just want to say hi!

    Janet Boyett, RN, BSN

    Ingraham High School

    206-252-3887 (phone, direct line)

    206-743-3130 (secure fax)