3413 Student Immunization and Life-Threatening Health Conditions


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 board requires a student to present evidence of his/her having been immunized against diseases as required by the State Board of Health. Immunizations records or signed exemption forms are required for all Methow Valley School District students as stated in the Washington state immunization law RCW 28A-100-120.

If the District does not receive immunization information within the first 30 days of the start of each school year, by law, we must send you a Notice of Exclusion for Immunization Noncompliance. The Notice will explain that your child cannot attend school until the required immunization information is delivered to the school nurse. RCW 28A.210.120. For additional information regarding immunization requirements please visit: https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/Immunization

You can reach us at the Elementary School at (509) 996-2186 or the High School at (509) 995-2215 for help, information or questions and concerns.

Exemptions from Immunization

The district shall allow for exemptions from immunization requirements only as allowed for by RCW 28A.210.090.

Meningococcal Immunizations Information Distribution

The district will provide parents and guardians of students in sixth grade and above with information about meningococcal disease at the beginning of every school year. The information will address the characteristics of the disease; where to find additional information about the disease; vaccinations for children; and current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding receiving the vaccine.

Human Papillomavirus Disease Information

At the beginning of every school year, the district will provide,to parents and guardians of sixth through twelfth grade students, information provided by the state Department of Health about human papilloma virus (HPV) disease and its vaccine.

The information will include the causes and symptoms of human papillomavirus, how the disease is spread, the places where parents and guardians may obtain additional information and vaccinations for their children and current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention regarding the vaccine.

Life-Threatening Health Conditions

Prior to attendance at school, each child with a life-threatening health condition will 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 providing authority to a registered nurse and nursing plan are not in place. Following submission of the medication or treatment order, a nursing plan will be developed.

Students who have a life-threatening health condition and no medication or treatment order presented to the school will be excluded from school, to the extent that the district can do so consistent with federal requirements for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and according to the following due process requirements:

  1. Written notice to the parents, guardians or persons in loco parentis delivered to the parents in person or by certified mail;
  2. Notice of the applicable laws, including a copy of the laws and rules;
  3. The order that the student will be excluded from school immediately and until a medication or treatment order is presented;
  4. Explain the rights of the parents and student to a hearing, the hearing process and that the exclusion continues until the medication or treatment plan is presented or the hearing officer determines that the student should no longer be excluded from school;
  5. If the parents request a hearing, the district will schedule one within three school days of receiving the request, unless more time is requested by the parents; and
  6. The hearing process will be consistent with the procedures established for disciplinary cases pursuant to WAC 392-400.

The superintendent will adopt procedures necessary to implement this policy.




Cross References:       Model Policy 2100               Educational Opportunities for Military Children

Model                                   Policy 2161       Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students

Model Policy 2162               Education of Students with Disabilities Under Section 504

Model Policy 3241               Classroom Management, Corrective Actions or Punishment

Legal References:       RCW 28A.210                     Health — Screening and requirements


WAC 246-105                     Immunization of child care and school children against certain vaccine-preventable diseases

WAC 392-182                     Student — Health records

WAC 392-380                     Public school pupils — Immunization requirement and life-threatening health condition

Management Resources:

Policy News, August 2012          Student Immunization and Life Threatening Health Conditions

                                    Policy News, August 2011          New Immunization Exemption Requirement

                                    Policy News, June 2011               Educational Opportunity for Military Children

                                    Policy News, August 2007          Human Papillomavirus Disease Notification

Policy News, April 2006              Chickenpox Immunization Required

                                    Policy News, June 2005               Distribution of Information on Meningococcal Disease

Policy News, October 2002         Legislature Addresses “Life-Threatening Condition

Adoption Date: 9.12

Methow Valley School District

Classification: Essential

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