Student Health Services

Healthy students can better focus in the classroom, enjoy activities with their classmates and be ready to take on new challenges each day. 

The Richland School District, our school nurses and health room aides are committed to advancing the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement and health of our students. Our main priority is to keep students healthy, safe, in school and ready to learn.

School nurses and aides provide numerous health related services for our schools, including:

  • Supervision of health room activities
  • Maintenance of district compliance with state-mandated vision and hearing screenings and immunization documentation
  • Overseeing student health issues and development of individual health care plans
  • Distribution of health information to students, families and staff
  • Overseeing student medication administration

Too Sick for School

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 we are following guidelines advised to schools by the Washington State Department of Public Health. As a result, students who are ill with COVID-19 symptoms must stay home for at least 10 full days unless they are tested for COVID-19 (either rapid antigen or PCR conducted by a healthcare provider) and their result is negative OR they have an alternative diagnosis from a healthcare provider that explains all symptoms. 

Parents can often sense when their child is "coming down with something." By watching for the subtle signs that mark the onset of an illness, you are practicing preventive care measures to protect the health of your child as well as others. Keep children home, and contact your school nurse, if they have:

  • Fever:Keep a child home if they have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. A student may return to school 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medications AND if other symptoms have improved.
  • Sore throat and swollen glands: If your child has strep throat, they can to return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment.
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Skin rash or open sores
  • Pain or swelling of any kind
  • Cough, chills or runny nose: pay attention to if the child has been in close contact with someone who had COVID-19.
  • Earaches or extreme headaches
  • Eye Infections
  • Other Symptoms: Unusually tired, pale, has a lack of appetite, is difficult to wake, confused or irritable. If symptoms persist, check with your doctor.

A child can return to school when symptoms have subsided AND his or her temperature remains normal for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

Student Health Information

Brenda Atencio, MN, RN, NCSN
Head Nurse
(509) 967-6048