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 the following diseases as recommended by the State board of Health: diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, poliomyelitis, PCV, measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox) for children under thirteen years of age. haemophilus influenzae type B disease and any subsequent vaccine preventable disease specified under Washington State law. A student satisfies the measles requirement upon a physician's verification that the student has had measles (rubeola) and any subsequent vaccine that the state may require.
Meningococcal Immunizations Information Distribution
The district shall 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 shall 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, from sixth through twelfth grade the district shall provide parents and guardians with information, provided by the state Department of Health about human papillomavirus disease (HPV) and its vaccine.
The information shall 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 shall 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 shall be developed.
Students who have a life-threatening health condition and no medication or treatment order presented to the school shall 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 Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and pursuant to the following due process requirements:
A. Written notice to the parents, guardians or persons in loco parentis delivered to the parents in person or by certified mail.
B. Notice of the applicable laws, including a copy of the laws and rules.
C. The order that the student shall be excluded from school immediately and until a medication or treatment order is presented.
D. Describe the rights of the parents and student to a hearing, the hearing process and explain 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.
E. If the parents request a hearing, the district shall schedule one within three school days of receiving the request, unless more time is requested by the parents.
F. The hearing process shall be consistent with the procedures established for disciplinary cases pursuant to Chapter 180-40 WAC.
Cross References: Board Policy 2161 Special Education and Related Services for
Board Policy 2162 Education of Students with Disabilities Under
Legal References: RCW 28A.210 Health –Screening and requirements
WAC 246-100-166 Immunization of child care and school children
against certain vaccine-preventable diseases
WAC 392-182 Student -- Health records
Policy News, August 2007 Human Papillomavirus Disease
Policy News, April 2006 Chickenpox Immunization Required
Policy News, June 2005 Distribution of Information on
Policy News, November 2002 Legislature Addresses "Life-Threatening
Adoption Date: 12-15-14
St. John - Endicott Cooperative Schools