In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases and in recognition that prevention is a means of combating the spread of disease, the District requires all students to present evidence of having been immunized against those diseases identified and required by the Washington Department of Health (DOH) prior to the first day of school.
Certificate of Immunization
Immediately upon enrollment in the District, a Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) distributed by the Washington Department of Health will be completed by the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s). The certificate will be made part of the student’s permanent record.
If a student has not received any or all of the required immunizations by the student’s first day of school, he/she must submit evidence of initiation of an immunization schedule and will be placed in a “conditional admittance” category. Attendance by students placed on conditional status is contingent upon satisfactory progress toward full immunization. Any missing immunizations must be received within 30 days after the first day of attendance. When the immunizations are part of a series, each additional immunization must be received no later than 30 days past the recommended date for administration for the next dose. If the student fails to maintain the schedule or submit documentation in a timely manner, he/she shall be excluded from school.
Exemptions from Immunization
The District shall allow for exemptions from immunization requirements only as allowed by law. Families seeking an exemption must complete a Certificate of Exemption (COE) describing medical, religious, personal, or philosophical reasons for not vaccinating the child. Any and all exemptions will be processed and recorded on a COE as distributed by the Washington Department of Health.
Exemptions from one or more vaccines will be granted for medical reasons upon certification by a physician that there is a medical reason for not administering the vaccine. Medical exemptions shall only be valid for so long as non-immunization is necessary for the student’s health.
The permanent file of students with exemptions shall be marked for easy identification should the Department of Health order that exempted students be excluded from school during an epidemic. Students without vaccinations (either under a COE or due to conditional status) will be excluded from school during outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Exclusion from School
If proof of immunization or a Certificate of Exemption is not received upon the student’s enrollment in school, the principal shall provide written notice to the parent(s) or guardian(s) informing them of:
- The immunization requirements;
- The prohibition of further attendance by the student;
- The family’s procedural and due process rights; and
- The immunization services that are available.
Following proper notification, the school will exclude the student for noncompliance with the immunization laws pursuant to the appeal process and procedures for student disciplinary matters set forth in Chapter 392-400 WAC. Parents have a right to a hearing, provided they notify the school within three (3) days after receiving the exclusion order from the school principal. If the parent requests a hearing, the parent or guardian and school principal will be notified in writing of the time and place for the hearing and will present the case to a hearing officer appointed by the Superintendent.
Exclusion of students for failure to provide proof of immunization or exemption from immunization requirements shall be consistent with the process set forth in District Policy and with the rights of students under the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act.