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 Washington State Board of Health. Students who fail to provide the necessary proof of immunizations or proper exemption paperwork to the school may be excluded from school, with the exception of students who qualify as McKinney Vento (Policy 3115) or Foster Care (Policy 3116).
Exemptions from Immunization
The district shall allow for exemptions from immunization requirements only as allowed for by RCW 28A.210.090.
Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine Information Distribution
The district will provide parents/guardians of students in sixth grade and above with information about meningococcal disease and its vaccine 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 United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding receiving the vaccine.
Human Papillomavirus Disease Information and Vaccine Information Distribution
At the beginning of every school year, from sixth through twelfth grade, the district will provide parents/guardians with information, provided by the Washington State Department of Health about human papillomavirus disease and its vaccine.
The information will include the causes and symptoms of human papillomavirus, how the disease is spread, the places where parents/guardians may obtain additional information and vaccinations for their children and current recommendations from the United States 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 and treatment order from a Licensed Healthcare Provider (LHP) 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 and treatment order, providing authority to a registered nurse, and a nursing care plan are not in place. Following submission of the medication and treatment order, the registered nurse will develop a nursing care plan.
Students who have a life-threatening health condition and no medication and treatment order presented to the school, with the exception of students who qualify as McKinney-Vento or Foster Care, 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, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and according to the due process requirements in School District Life-Threatening Health Conditions Procedure 3413.
Exclusion from School
The district will exclude students only as allowed for by RCW 28A.210.120 and WAC 392-380-050.
Educational Opportunities for Military Children - Policy 2100
Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students - Policy 2161
Education of Students with Disabilities Under Section 504 - Policy 2162
Classroom Management, Corrective Actions or Punishment - Policy 3241
Medication at School – Policy 3416
Student Immunization Procedure – Procedure 3413
Life-Threatening Health Conditions Procedure – Procedure 3413
Homeless Students – Policy 3115
Students in out-of-home (Foster) Care – Policy 3116
Health – Screening and requirements - RCW 28A.210
Immunization of child care and school children against certain vaccine-preventable diseases – WAC 246-105
Student – Health records – WAC 392-182
Public school pupils – Immunization requirement and life-threatening health condition – WAC 392-380
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: August 1985
Revised by the Board: 11.90, 7.03, 2.09, 12.12, 11.19