er Washington state law, students diagnosed with life-threatening conditions must have a medication or treatment order and a nursing care plan in place before he or she can attend school. The state law defines a life-threatening condition as a “health condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order and a nursing plan are not in place.” Examples include, but are not limited to, diabetes, severe allergy (anaphylaxis), severe asthma or seizure disorder.
The medication or treatment order for children with a life-threatening condition must be from the child’s licensed health care provider. If a medication or treatment order is not provided for a child with a life-threatening condition, the chief administrator of the child’s school is required to exclude the child until the medication or treatment order has been provided and a nursing plan prepared.
If your child has a life-threatening health condition that may require medical services to be performed at the school, IT IS VITAL TO YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY that you notify your school’s principal or school nurse. The necessary forms will be provided and a time will be arranged for you to meet with your child’s school nurse to develop a nursing plan. Please contact your child’s principal or school nurse if you have any questions about what to do concerning your child’s life-threatening health condition.