Health Services


Marcia Statz, School Nurse

South Whidbey High School/
Middle School Campus
360.221.6808, ext. 5420

Fax 360.221.6229

Emmy Atwood

Emmy Atwood, School Nurse

South Whidbey Elementary School
South Campus

360.221.6808, ext. 4648

Fax 360.221.6272

Health Services Assistants:

Carrie Allen and Joanne Keefe

South Whidbey Elementary School 
North Campus

360.221.6808, ext. 4508


2020 The Snohomish Health District has set up a webpage at, including a detailed FAQ about what is known now. 

2020 Washington State Department of Health CoronaVirus Update.

Responses to common questions regarding the Coronavirus

 To prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, especially during cold and flu season:

  • Stay home when you are sick to prevent others from being exposed to your illness.
  • If you see a health care provider for fever and cough, ask for a surgical mask to help prevent spread of infection when in the health care setting.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

2019 Washington Law Changes for School Immunization Exemptions: 

Info and link to table of valid medical exemptions:

As a parent, there is nothing more important that safeguarding your child's health. The Washington State Legislature requires us to make information available to you about meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV). Know the facts about these diseases and the vaccines available to protect your child. 2018 Letter Regarding Meningococcal and HPV

"E-cigarette use among U.S. youth and young adults is now a major public health concern. E-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900% among high school students from 2011 to 2015…. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can cause addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain."

Since that announcement a website has been created by the Surgeon General that provides facts about e-cigarettes.

"Know the Risk":

"Fact Sheet":

Parent Tip Sheet (how to address the topic with kids):


There is also a PSA video by the Surgeon General:

Click Here for AFM Fact Sheet - Click Here for CDC Information

AFM Investigation

Several children in Washington have become ill with symptoms consistent with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). We don't know what caused these cases, but Department of Health, together with the CDC, Seattle Children's Hospital, Public Health-Seattle and King County is investigating these cases to understand what caused them.

Updated Information About the Cases

Last update: 11/02/2016

Case counts

  • There have been nine reported cases (ranging from 3 and 14 years old)

  • Two cases have been confirmed as AFM

  • Seven cases are still being evaluated for AFM

Case status

  • Five children have been released from the hospital

  • Three children are currently hospitalized

  • One child has died. (It is not known at this time if this child had AFM.)

The potential cases come from five Washington counties:

  • King County, three children

  • Franklin County, two children

  • Pierce County, one child

  • Snohomish County, one child

  • Whatcom County, two children

A-Z Index of Health Topics is linked here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC twenty four seven. Saving Lives, Protecting People

Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease can refer to any illness that is caused by the type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus [muh-ning-goh-KOK-us]. These illnesses are often severe and include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia).

Meningococcus bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions like spit (e.g., by living in close quarters, kissing). Meningococcal disease can be treated with antibiotics, but quick medical attention is extremely important. Keeping up to date with recommended vaccines is the best defense against meningococcal disease.


    Risk factors, causes & transmission, signs & symptoms, diagnosis & treatment, prevention, photos...


    Information on getting vaccinated...


    Meningococcal disease is a reportable condition in all states...


    Causes of meningococcal disease, technical & clinical information, vaccine resources...


    Almost all cases of meningococcal disease are sporadic...


    CDC's Meningitis Laboratory and reference lab...


    Global meningococcal disease, epidemics in Africa...


    Publications, web features, podcasts, e-Cards, print materials...

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms of meningococcal disease are usually sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. It can start with symptoms similar to influenza (flu), and will often also cause nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, rash, and confusion.


Meningococcal Vaccination

  • Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine | Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine
    These one-page CDC vaccine information statements explain who should get meningococcal ACWY vaccines or serogroup B meningococcal vaccines and when.

  • Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine & Outbreaks
    Newly licensed serogroup B meningococcal vaccines can be an important tool for controlling outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease.

  • Basics
    Offers comprehensive information about meningococcal vaccines and other educational tools.

  • Safety
    As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or a vague feeling of discomfort.

  • Prevention Recommendations
    Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

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