School Nurse and Student Health
Thank you for being so diligent in providing the necessary health information at registration. When this information is promptly provided it helps ensure your child’s health needs are met and their safety is maintained in the school setting. Additionally, if your child should develop a significant health condition during the school year, please notify the district nurse directly by calling 541-482-1611 ext. 3105. Ashland School District has specific requirements for students returning to school after significant injury or illness. To see the guidelines for return, CLICK HERE.
Just a reminder that all medications (prescription and nonprescription) must be brought to the nurse’s office in the original container, with written instructions and a parent signature. Self-medication is not allowed in grades K-8, except for asthma inhalers and epi-pens which must still be checked in through the nurse’s office.
If you have any questions, concerns or would like to discuss your child’s health needs, please call our school nurse.
Belinda Brown RN, 482-1611, Ext. 3105
New laws regarding Oregon’s school immunization and exemption laws went into effect last
year. Please review this important information regarding immunization requirements and
the process for choosing a nonmedical exemption. (Previously religious exemption)
While parents have the right to vaccinate or not vaccinate their child we strongly encourage you to consider the risk for your child as well as other members of the community should you choose not to vaccinate. The following resources have evidence based information and may help you in making your decision. American Academy of Family Physicians, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics, and Ashlandchild.org.
What does the law change?
The law requires parents and guardians who want to claim a nonmedical exemption receive education about the benefits and risks of vaccination prior to claiming an exemption. Parents and guardians have two options to receive this education:
- Talk to a health care practitioner. The practitioner can sign a Vaccine Education Certificate that you must submit to your child’s school if choosing a nonmedical exemption.
2. View the online vaccine education module. It can be accessed at: www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption.
After viewing, print a Vaccine Education Certificate at the end of the module and turn it in to the office at your
child’s school. Each office keeps a Certificate of Immunization Status form on file for your child. In addition to the above options the Certificate of Immunization Status form must be updated by you at the school.
Who does the law apply to?
-Children starting school for the first time, such as kindergarten
-Students who have never been in an Oregon school before
-Children whose exemptions change- for example, if a parent decides to exempt their child for an additional
vaccine that was not previously on their record.
In an effort to ensure parents periodically review their exemption choices, Ashland School District is requiring that parents choosing a non-medical exemption follow the above process when children change building levels, for example: elementary to middle school and middle to high school.
If you have any questions regarding immunization requirements in the school setting please talk the Registrar,
Kerrie Mallory at 541-482-16101 ext. 3102 or call the district nurse, Belinda Brown RN at: 541-482-1611 ext. 3105