Bellingham Public Schools employs six full time nurse positions. The nurses are each assigned to several schools, and carry cell phones making them readily available to their schools and staff.
School nurses are specialized professionals who provide knowledgeable insight into acute and chronic health conditions, and normal growth and development. Nurses can support your student by:
- Implementing Individual Health Plans
- Supervising medications
- Planning for students with life threatening health conditions
- Developing classroom accommodation plans
- Acting as a liaison between families, students, school personnel and the medical community
- Monitors communicable diseases
- Oversees immunization compliance
- Provides state mandated screenings
If your student has any health concerns, please contact your school nurse.
Life Threatening Health Conditions
Before the first day of school the parent/guardian of students who have life threatening health conditions must provide the school nurse a copy of medication or treatment orders, and any necessary medication or equipment. The school nurse and the parent/guardian will develop an Individual Health Plan. A life threatening health condition is one that will put the student in danger of death during the school day or school sponsored activity if a medication or treatment order and an Individual Health Plan are not in place. This includes students with conditions such as anaphylaxis to bee stings, severe food allergies, diabetes and other health conditions. The school nurse can be contacted through the student’s school.If the student participates in school-sponsored activities the parent must contact the activity advisor or coach and the school nurse to make arrangements.
Head Lice Information
|Nurse||Cell Phone||Assigned Schools|
|Lori Fransen, BSN, RN||201-9178||Parkview & Silver Beach Elementary Schools; Whatcom Middle School; Family Partnership Program|
|Barbara Cummins, BSN, RN||201-6390||Birchwood, Roosevelt Elementary; Kulshan Middle School; Options High School; Grads Program|
|Shelly Donahue, BSN, RN||927-1773||Columbia Elementary; Fairhaven Middle School; Squalicum High School|
|Alyssa Johnson, MSN, RN||201-8766||Happy Valley & Wade King Elementary Schools; Sehome High School|
|Tobi Melton, BSN, RN||961-9623||Northern Heights Elementary; Bellingham High School; Transitions Program|
|Dusta Wright, BSN, RN||393-1514||Alderwood, Geneva, Lowell & Sunnyland Elementary Schools|
|TBD, BSN, RN||303-0554||Carl Cozier & Cordata Elementary; Shuksan Middle School|