Student health

Immunization Information & Compliance

NEW FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR: The State Board of Health recently changed the school and child care immunization policy to require medically verified immunization records, as well as a Tdap booster for grades 7-12 (instead of grades 6-12). Learn more here.

Washington State law requires that each child attending school be adequately immunized according to a schedule determined by the Washington State Board of Health. Parents are asked to complete a Certificate of Immunization (CIS) when they register their child for school. Parents must provide the month, day and year for the required immunizations. Registration and attendance are contingent upon either adequate immunization or exemption from immunization.

The immunization exclusion date for the 2020-21 school year is Oct. 8. If the school does not have up-to-date immunization records or a valid exemption form on file by that date, your student will be unable to return to school on Monday, Oct. 12, until records are received.

PLEASE NOTE:
Immunization requirements for school attendance may be different than those requirements during an “outbreak” of actual vaccine preventable disease at school. The local regional health department determines when an outbreak is occurring and determines any additional requirements needed during the outbreak. For this reason, it is very important to continue reporting the dates of your child's immunizations since you completed the original CIS form when you registered your child. Dates can be reported to your child's school office.

Child Profile is a statewide registry system for immunization data which is provided by health care providers who administer immunizations. More health care providers are providing immunization data to this registry every year. Your child's health care provider may be able to print off a CIS form from this registry for you to sign and bring to school.

For more immunization information, contact:

  • Office staff at your child's school
  • The school nurse assigned to your child's school
  • Director of Health Services

Health Care Planning

If your student needs medication or a treatment administered at school, a new medication or treatment request form, signed by both parent/guardian and your licensed health provider (LHP), is required every school year. Documents are required by August 28, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Contact your healthcare provider for necessary appointments to ensure Care Plans can be returned to SPS by August 28.
  • Read all required documents and be sure that you and your student's physician have completed and signed all areas.
  • Completed documents can be returned to your school during open hours, faxed by your healthcare provider or emailed to your school nurse no later than August 28.

 

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Life-threatening health conditions (RCW 28A.210): Prior to attendance at school, each child with a potentially life-threatening health condition shall present a medication or treatment order addressing the condition. A life threatening health condition means a condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order is not in place. Medication, supplies, LHP orders and a nursing care plan must be in place before a student can attend school.