Keeping students safe and healthy
Vaccines Required for School Attendance, Grades K-12
Aug. 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021
- For more details, including minimum age requirements, please view the full document below, or check online.
Changes to State Immunization Rules
We want to let you know about some changes to state immunization rules that take effect on Aug. 1, 2020.
Medically Verified Immunizations
Starting in the 2020-21 school year, all immunization records turned into schools must be medically verified. That means they must be on a Washington Certificate of Immunization Status form (CIS) from a health care provider, or a parent/guardian must attach medically verified proof of immunizations to the handwritten CIS showing their child's records are accurate.
Immunization records must be turned into the school on or before the first day of attendance, including when a student moves schools within our district. Students will not be able to attend school until the records are provided.
Here are some examples of medically verified immunization records:
A completed Washington Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS), signed by a health care provider. These forms are available at www.ksd.org.
A CIS filled out by a parent/guardian with medical records attached.
A CIS printed by a health care provider or school from the Washington State Immunization Information System.
A CIS printed from MyIR, a free state Department of Health online tool that allows families to view and print their official immunization records themselves. Go to wa.myir.net/register to sign up.
Parents/guardians requesting an immunization exemption for their child must complete a Certificate of Exemption (COE).
If your child already meets the above immunization requirements and has records on file, you don't need to do anything.
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) Change
Starting in 2020-21, a Tdap booster will be required starting in seventh grade, instead of sixth grade.
This better aligns with the national immunization schedule.
For seventh-graders, the booster must have been given at or after age 10, and for eighth-graders and older it must have been given at or after age 7.
If your child has a valid exemption on file, then you don’t need to do anything. Contact your child's school nurse with questions about any of the changes.