Student Immunizations and Life Threatening Health Conditions

Policy and Procedure 3413 explains that it is the affirmative obligation of each parent to provide the necessary immunization and medical information. This information must be current and up-to-date. 

As a condition for attending schools, students shall present evidence of their having been immunized against all of the diseases identified by the State of Washington in WAC 246-105-030. 

On enrollment, a certificate of immunization status, distributed by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), shall be completed by the student’s parent. The certificate shall be made a part of the student’s permanent record. 

Exemptions from one or more vaccines shall be granted for medical reason upon certification by a physician that there is a medical reason for not administering the vaccine. Exemptions for personal or religious reasons require a “Certificate of Exemption,” signed by a parent or guardian and a licensed health care provider. 

Prior to attendance at school, each child with a life-threatening health condition shall present a medical 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 and health plan are not in place. Following submission of the medication or treatment order, a health plan shall be developed.

Vision and hearing screenings may be conducted at schools. Parents or guardians will be notified and provided with a copy of the test results when their child’s screening shows that there are possible problems with the student’s vision and/or hearing. 

Policy and Procedure 3416 allows school personnel to administer oral medication during school hours under limited conditions which include a written request by a parent/guardian and the student’s LHP. All medication must be accompanied by a form which may be obtained at any school office or at Additional requirements are mandated for students who self-carry/administer medication for asthma or severe allergy (RCW 28.A.210.370). These requirements will be provided to parents upon request at each school.