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    Health Resources during COVID-19 school building closures: School-Based Health Centers, which are located at many Seattle public middle and high schools, provide services to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. 

    Visit our district website to learn more about School-Based Health Centers Resources.

    School Nurse, M.C. Nachtigal
    Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 8:30 am - 3:45 am, Thursdays 12:25 am - 3:45 pm.

    School Nurse

    Hello STEM community!  My name is M.C. Nachtigal and I am excited to be serving as your school nurse.  First off, my name.  It stands for Mary Carol, but only my mother calls me that, so please call me M.C.  My last name is German for nightingale and is pronounced “Nock-tee-goll”. 

    This is my first job as a school nurse, so I hope you will help me out if you notice I’ve forgotten something.  But no fear, I am not new to medical care.  I have worked as a nurse practitioner in urgent care and occupational health, including caring for employees at Boeing and Pepsi.  Before that I worked as an emergency room and oncology nurse.  Before I ever got into the medical field I worked as an English teacher in Japan for three years and put myself through college working in an after-school care program here in Seattle.  I also spent many days helping my mom in her kindergarten classroom before she retired from teaching.  I’m looking forward to combining my love of medical care and of education.  If you have any questions about how things work in our bodies, feel free to ask!

    You might see two boys hanging around me at times.  These are my 2nd and 4th grade sons, who are also starting at STEM this year.  Along with my husband, our elderly chow mix dog, and two noisy chickens, we live in a small house here in West Seattle.  We are still getting to know the neighborhood since we’ve only been here for a year, so please give us ideas of places we should check out!

    Please feel free to contact me at or call 


    Prepare for Your Student’s Health at School

    Washington state law requires that school staff and parents plan together for the safe care of their child throughout the school day.

    • Health issues: Please report any health issue your child has that could impact safety and learning at school to the school nurse. You can contact the nurse directly by phone or e-mail. Or fill out the online student verification form (September 1-30) or through the Annual Student Health Update paper form. Examples include: Seizures, diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergic reaction, cancer treatment, and anemia.

    • Medication at school: If your child needs to take any type of medication during the school day, even if it’s temporary, a medication form must be completed by the child’s health care provider and signed by parent. Authorization for Medications Taken at School (multiple languages)

    • Medical treatments at school: If your child needs a treatment at school, such as: G-tube feeding, insulin calculation, clean urinary catheterization, suctioning, nebulizer, dressing change, and others please have the health care provider complete the treatment form. Authorization for Treatments and Procedures to be Performed at School


    Fall Flu Shots

    Protect yourself and your community from the flu. Seattle Visiting Nurse Association will provide your annual flu shot to students (ages 4 and older), staff and community members.
    Most forms of insurance (including Apple Health and Medicaid) and cash or check are accepted. Visit the SPS Flu Clinics page for dates/times for a clinic near you.
    Students who are enrolled in their school-based health center can also get the flu shot. Visit the King County School Health website for a listing of locations.


    Immunization Information

    To attend school students must present a signed Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS). Our district requires that immunization information on the CIS comes from a medical provider. WA State Immunization laws state that the student is in compliance if they are:

    • Fully immunized or
    • In process of getting immunized
    • Has a completed Certificate of Exemption

    As of July 28, 2019, personal exemptions are no longer accepted in Washington State for the measles-MMR vaccine. Students who were previously in compliance with a Certificate of Exemption for MMR are now listed as out of compliance with state law.

    You can obtain a copy of your own or your child’s (under age 18) immunization record located in the Washington Immunization Information System (WAIIS).

    Visit to keep up-to-date with past immunizations, get reminders for your family’s future immunizations, and even print your own official records.

    Students can receive immunizations through their school-based health center or at a school-based health center located nearby. King County School Health

    Other Immunization Resources:

    Additional Resources

    Visit our district services webpage for information about head lice, how to know when your child is too sick for school, and more. Visit SPS Health Services

    School-Based Health Center (SBHC)

    Students have access to additional health services through the school-based health center located at this or a nearby school.

    Services are available to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Your insurance may be billed and this program is also supported by the Seattle Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Plan

    Services include immunizations, sports physicals, prescriptions, reproductive healthcare, mental health counseling, lab tests, and nutrition counseling.

    Families must enroll their student to receive most services. Students can enroll themselves for confidential health services.
    King County School Health