Immediately upon enrollment in the district, the student’s parent/guardian must provide proof of immunization status with a Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS), approved by the Washington Department of Health. The CIS will be a part of the student’s permanent record.
If, by the student’s first day of enrollment, a student does not have documentation for receipt of any or all of the required immunizations, the student will be placed in a “conditional admittance” category. Students may attend under conditional status for a limited time. The parent/guardian has no longer than 30 calendar days from the student’s first day of attendance to get any missing immunization(s) and/or provide documentation needed to complete the CIS. If a student needs additional doses to complete a vaccine series, they will remain in conditional status for no longer than 30 days after the next dose is due until the series is complete. If a student is granted a temporary medical exemption as recorded on a Certificate of Exemption (COE), the parent/guardian has no longer than 30 calendar days from the expiration of the temporary medical exemption to get any missing immunization(s) and/or provide documentation needed to complete the CIS. Failure to submit documentation within these timelines will be sufficient cause to exclude the student from school.
Exemptions from Immunization
Any and all exemptions will be processed and recorded on a Certificate of Exemption (COE) as provided by the Washington Department of Health.
Exemptions from one or more vaccines will be granted for medical reason upon certification by a licensed healthcare provider that there is a medical reason for not administering the vaccine.
The district will grant exemptions for religious reasons upon the parent/guardian’s submission of a COE as follows. If a COE states the parent/guardian is a member in a religious body or church with beliefs or teachings that preclude a child from receiving medical treatment from a licensed healthcare provider, the licensed healthcare provider signature on the COE is not required. If the COE claims a religious reason but does not state that the parent/guardian is a member in a religious body or church with beliefs or teachings that preclude a child from receiving medical treatment from a licensed healthcare provider, the licensed healthcare provider signature on the COE is required.
With the exception of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, the district will grant exemptions for philosophical or personal reasons upon the parent/guardian’s submission of a COE, signed by an licensed healthcare provider, stating that the parent/guardian has a philosophical or personal objection to the immunization of the child and the licensed healthcare provider provided the parent/guardian with information about the benefits and risks of immunization. The district will not grant an exemption for philosophical or personal reasons from the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. The licensed healthcare provider may sign the form any time prior to the district’s enrollment of the child. The district will accept a photocopy of the signed form or a letter from the licensed healthcare provider in lieu of the original form.
Exemptions for personal or religious reasons will be granted upon request of the parent/guardian. To request an exemption, a parent/guardian must submit a signed COE that the parent/guardian has either a philosophical, personal, or religious objection to the immunization of the child. Forms must include a statement to be signed by a licensed healthcare provider stating that he or she provided the parent/guardian with information about the benefits and risks of immunization to the child. The form may be signed by a licensed healthcare provider at any time prior to the enrollment of the child in a school or licensed day care. Photocopies of the signed form or a letter from the health care practitioner will be accepted in lieu of the original form.
The permanent file of students with exemptions will be marked for easy identification should the local department of health order that exempted students be excluded from school temporarily during an outbreak or an epidemic.
If the district does not receive proof of immunization status on a CIS or a COE upon the student’s enrollment in school, the principal or designee will provide written notice to the parents/guardians informing them of:
A. The immunization requirements;
B. The potential denial of attendance by the student if any missing immunization(s) and/or documentation needed to complete the CIS are not provided within thirty (30) calendar days of the student’s first day of attendance;
C, The procedural due process rights; and
D. The immunization services that are available.
Exclusion from School
Following proper notification, the school will exclude the student for noncompliance with the immunization laws pursuant to the appeal process procedures for student expulsions (Policy 3200). Parents/guardians have a right to a hearing, provided they notify the school within three days after receiving the exclusion order from the school principal. If the parent/guardian requests a hearing, the parent/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.