School nurses have the major responsibility for the provision of health services in the Bainbridge Island School District. The school nurses work cooperatively with the health room para-educators and/or a Licensed Practical Nurse to provide these services. The administration of medication is delegated under the license of the registered nurse.
School nurses develop emergency care plans for students with potentially life threatening health conditions such as: diabetes, heart conditions, seizure disorders, asthma, food allergies, reaction to insects such as bee stings, etc.. Individual Health Plans (IHP) are also developed for medically fragile students with health conditions that are not life threatening but do require monitoring. School nurses care for students with mental health issues (suicide, anxiety, depression, eating issues) as well as those students who become ill or injured at school.
School nurses are vital members of the district Health Advisory Team and Health Curriculum Committees. School nurses have responsibilities for teaching a portion of the grades 5-12 state mandated HIV/AIDS curricula to high school level students.
School nurses conduct health assessments for students being evaluated for an Individual Educational Plan (IEP), helping to ensure inclusion of students with disabilities and significant and/or multiple impairments. They provide input and training to school staff regarding the needs of students.
School nurses are responsible for state-mandated on-site vision and hearing screening. They contribute to 504 accommodation plans that allow students with substantial disabilities to have equal access to education. School nurses act as an on-site public health investigator who work to prevent communicable diseases and respond to disease outbreaks under the direction of the Health Department.
School nurses are trained to provide on-site services that are culturally sensitive, focused on prevention and wellness, and to be effective outreach and medical liaisons between the school, students, family, and health care providers. They act as an educational catalyst by helping to promote, plan, and implement successful school-wide programs to improve learning readiness.
Woodward Middle School, Bainbridge High School, Commodore Options Program, and Adult Living Program are served by Heidi McKay.
Contact Heidi at 206-780-1386
Blakely Elementary School, Ordway Elementary School, Wilkes Elementary School and Sakai Intermediate School are served by Jane Stewart.
Contact Jane at 206-855-0540