There have been a few changes in the immunization requirements in the past few years. In the 2013-2014 school year all students in kindergarten through 5th grade will berequired to have had two Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines, have Health Care Provider (HCP) documentation of disease, or show immunity through serological testing in order to attend school. This requirement will be moving up a grade level each year until all students in the district will have 2 shots. Students in 6th grade are required to have one Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, have parental documentation of the disease, or show immunity through serological testing in order to attend school.
A fairly new vaccine is available that can protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap). In the past no one over the age of 7 could receive a vaccination against pertussis (whooping cough). It has been found that immunity against pertussis can wane by adolescence. The 2012 pertussis epidemic in the state of Washington has shown that this has greatly increased the incidence of the disease that can be deadly to infants. The Tdap vaccine is recommended for all children aged 11 years and older. This vaccine should replace one tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster. Children attending 6th though 11th grade are required to show proof of Tdap vaccination. Next school year (2013-2014) all students attending our middle schools and high schools will need to show proof of vaccination.
There are two vaccinations that are optional for adolescents to receive. One is the Meningococcal Vaccine that will prevent certain types of meningitis. This is an important vaccine for all students who will be living in shared living situations such as dormitories or military barracks. The other vaccination to consider giving to your daughter, the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine, has been shown to prevent pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix. If you want more details about these vaccines please open the parent letters we received from the Washington Department of Health.
According to Washington State Law RCW 28A.210.260 schools may provide for administration of oral medications at school as long as certain conditions are met. (See CVSD board policy 3416 and AP 3416 for specifics.) There is no distinction made between prescription and over-the-counter medications. Students who require medication, prescription or over-the-counter, while attending school must have a completed Medication Authorization Form (pdf) signed by both the health care provider and the parent on file at the school prior to receiving any medication at school. Medications must be brought to the school office by the parent and not the student. High school students (grades 9 - 12), may use the Medication Permission Form (pdf) signed by only the parent and the school nurse for over-the-counter medications only.
Students with Asthma
In order to meet the legal requirements for a Health Care Provider to provide medication orders and an asthma action plan students with asthma must have a School Asthma Plan and Medication Orders form signed by the health care provider and the parent on file at the school.
Students with Diabetes
Students with Life-threatening Allergies
All students with life-threatening allergies need to have on file a Severe Allergic Reaction Plan and Medication Orders form signed by the health care provider and the parent. This form includes the medication orders, the diet prescription (if needed), and the instructions for what to do in case of a severe allergic reaction.
Certificate of Immunization
Certificate of Exemption
Medication Authorization Form
Medication Permission Form