Coronavirus Resources and Information
Student and staff safety is very important to us at Everett Public Schools. We work with the Snohomish County Health Department to ensure that we have practices in place to ensure limiting the spread of contagious disease. We have been and continue to be in contact with the Health Department, they recommend that our current practices meet their recommendations.
We have health room staff in each of our buildings that work directly with our licensed nurses to share and educate all students and staff about ways to prevent infection. We have processes and guidelines in place for When Students Are Too Sick for School. We encourage good hand hygiene, staying home when you are sick, and the covering of cough or sneeze. We follow the guidance from local and national health authorities.
More information about this specific virus can be found at Snohomish County Health Department Disease Fact Sheet and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is also a toll free number for Coronavirus questions, the number is 1-800-525-0127.
In the event of a case of any contagious disease in our schools, we work with the health department to minimize risk. It is during these times that they guide us through what we need to do to ensure all student and staff safety.
How can I prevent from getting novel coronavirus?
Right now, the novel coronavirus has not been spreading widely in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public. Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:
- wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
- cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
What are the symptoms?
- Difficulty Breathing
Welcome to Health Services
Everett Public School’s Health Services Department is strongly committed to student health and well-being. A child who is not healthy is unlikely to be alert, attentive, and ready to learn (NASN, 2002).
Everett Public Schools has school nurses who provide a variety of nursing services. The nursing services provided are increasingly important as more and more students are attending school with severe and life-threatening medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, food allergies, injuries, and birth defects.
School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials (NASN, 2016b). The school nurse provides the expertise to identify, assess, plan, implement and evaluate the health needs of the school community.
Our Comprehensive School Health Services includes:
- 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
- Partnering with parents and school community to promote wellness and prevention
- Supporting a healthy school environment which includes a safe physical and psychological environment
Becky Ballbach, DirectorStudent Support Services
Everett, WA 98201