As of July 28, 2019, a new state law removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR vaccine required for school and child care attendance. Learn more...
There are changes to state immunization rules for schools and childcare centers that became effective as of Aug. 1, 2020. These changes include:
All immunization records turned in to schools or childcare centers after August 1, 2020, are required by state law to be medically verified. This means immunization records turned in to the school must be from a health care provider, or you must attach paperwork from a health care provider to your handwritten form that shows your child’s records are accurate. Additionally, you may submit a Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) printed from the Immunization Information System (IIS), which will not have a provider's signature.
Students who are making progress toward completing their immunization requirements will be granted conditional status for entry into school or childcare.
The requirement for a Tdap dose changes from grades 6-12 to grades 7-12. All students who are entering 7th through 12th grades must have one booster dose of the Tdap vaccine.
The date of immunizations or illness must be on file with the school nurse prior to school entry.
Washington State's School Immunization Law RCW 28A.210.080 requires documentation of immunization at the time of school registration. A completed certificate of immunization status (CIS) (Spanish) or certificate of exemption (COE)(Spanish) signed by the parent/guardian must be on file at the school on or before the student's first day at school. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to obtain the required documentation, complete the form AND turn it in to the school before the student can start school.
Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS)
The Northshore School District is part of a state immunization record tracking system that includes immunization data from area doctors’ offices and health care providers. The district is transitioning all immunization documentation and record keeping to the Washington State Immunization System (WAIIS). This information system makes it much easier for us to get copies of your child’s immunization record, a requirement for school entry under Washington State law. This information is used solely to help protect your child and prevent disease by improving the quality and timeliness of records and services in our community. The information can only be shared with entities authorized by Washington law (RCW 70.02) to receive it, such as doctors, nurses, public health entities and schools (Family Educational Records Privacy Act). In addition, the information can only be used for immunization record keeping.
Parent permission is required to share immunization information with WAIIS which can be provided by signing the CIS form. In an effort to update the WAIIS with your child’s current immunization records, we require healthcare provider verified documentation of some or all of your child’s immunizations.
Parents and guardians have access to the WAIIS through a new web portal called MyIR. This secure online system pulls data from the WA Immunization Information System (WAIIS) and will auto populate your child’s Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) with immunizations contained in the IIS. Parents can print, sign, and submit the CIS to the school or preschool/child care. Information about this new system can be found at Immunizations - WA State Department of Health
Immunizations may be obtained from your private health provider or Community Health Centers. The Community Centers have sliding fee scales and accept medical coupons. They do not accept private insurance.
BRING YOUR IMMUNIZATION RECORDS WITH YOU. Contact the specific center for hours and fees.You may also contact the school nurse at the school your child will attend for more information or assistance for any health needs.
Community Health Centers
The Community Health Centers offer immunizations as part of a clinical visit. Call for information and/or appointment for medical services. Services are available on a sliding-fee scale:
10414 Beardslee Blvd.
16315 NE 87th St., #B6
A child may be exempted from the legal requirement of having any or all of the required doses of vaccines under exceptional circumstances:personal/philosophical, religious, medical or religious membership.
As of July 28, 2019, a new state law removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR vaccine required for school and child care attendance. Medical and religious exemptions are not affected by this new law.
Based on this new law, you will need to provide updated healthcare provider verified immunization paperwork at or before the start of the 2019-2020 school year, starting on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Children without a medical or religious exemption will need two doses of MMR vaccine to be allowed into school.
Because MMR vaccine doses must be administered at least a month apart, your child may be entered into school if they have healthcare provider verified paperwork showing at least one dose of MMR vaccine by the beginning of the school year. This will place your child under conditional status for up to 30 days, at which point you will need to provide records showing your child received the second dose of vaccine.
Personal/philosophical exemptions for MMR are no longer valid
Your child needs healthcare provider verified proof of MMR vaccination by the first day of school
Children not compliant with state vaccine requirements may be excluded from school
Religious exemptions must document membership in a church or religious group that does not allow a health care provider to provide medical treatment to a child. Personal exemptions require a signed statement from a health care provider documenting counseling on the benefits and risks of immunizations. More information can be found at the Washington State Department of Health.
Students who have been exempted are susceptible to the disease(s) for which they did not receive adequate vaccine(s). Therefore, in the event of a disease outbreak, they may be excluded from school attendance for the duration of the outbreak.
Students must be up-to-date on immunizations and healthcare provider verified proof of immunizations available to be shown to the school nurse. This is not a whim of the school. It is mandated by the State of Washington.
These Washington state immunization requirements, which we must follow, are in the best interests of ALL the students. Because of immunizations, today's young people do not have to live through the communicable diseases of 40-50 years ago. Please see the information on the minimum vaccines required for school attendance.
Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS)
Many medical providers enter vaccine dates into the statewide database. School nurses or assigned staff may view and search these records for missing immunizations. Your signature on the Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) form allows us to enter these dates onto your child’s school record.
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