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Administrative Regulations Manual & Procedures

Under Policy Governance®, within the directives and limitation listed in the Board Governance Policies, the Board delegates the development and implementation of Administrative Regulations and procedures to the Superintendent and staff, except in regard to issues for which they are mandated by law to take direct action. A comprehensive review and revision of all District policies and procedures was completed between August and December 2015, and the conversion to an Administrative Regulations Manual was completed on February 1, 2016.

Regulations establish legal records and standards of conduct for the school district. Regulations can provide a bridge between the School Board's philosophy and goals and the everyday administration of programs.

The Issaquah School District is continually updating Regulations and procedures to keep current with state laws and regulations as well as best practices. Regulations or procedures on this website may be in transition or in process of being revised. Please contact Tricia Romo, Public Records Officer, if you have a specific policy question or to double-check on a Regulation.

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Student Immunization and Life Threatening Health Conditions Procedure - 3413P


Code: 3413P

Adopted: 8/1/2007

Last Revised Date: 8/1/2019

Student Immunization

Certificate of Immunization

Before a child may attend school, the parent must submit a completed Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) to the child's school. The certificate will be made a part of the student's permanent record.

Proof of disease immunity through documentation of laboratory evidence of antibody titer or a health care provider's attestation of a child's history of a disease sufficient to provide immunity against that disease constitutes proof of immunization for that specific disease.

If a student has not received any or all of the required immunizations, he/she will submit evidence of the initiation of an immunization schedule and will be placed in a “conditional admittance” category. He/she may attend school as long as he/she is making satisfactory progress toward full immunization, which includes: (1) receiving any missing immunizations within 30 days after the first day of attendance or after a temporary medical exemption is no longer valid, unless receipt within such time is inconsistent with the guidelines; and (2) when the immunizations are part of a series with recommended intervals between doses, each additional missing immunization must be received no later than 30 days past the recommended date of administration of the next dose as established by the guidelines. Failure to maintain the schedule or submit documentation will be sufficient cause to exclude the student from school.

Exemptions from Immunization

Exemptions from one or more vaccines will be granted for medical reason upon receipt of written certification by a health care practitioner that the particular vaccine is, in his/her judgment, not advisable for the student. vaccine.

Exemptions for philosophical or personal or religious reasons will be granted upon request of the parent. To request an exemption, a parent or guardian must submit a signed written certification that the parent/guardian has either a philosophical or personal objection to the immunization of the child, or that the parent’s religious beliefs are contrary to the required immunization measures. Forms must include a statement to be signed by a health care practitioner stating that he or she provided the parent/guardian with information about the benefits and risks of immunization to the child. The form may be signed by a health care practitioner at any time prior to the enrollment of the child in a school or licensed day care. Photocopies of the signed form or a letter from the health care practitioner will be accepted in lieu of the original form.

Any parent or legal guardian of the child who exempts the child due to religious beliefs is not required to have a form from a health care practitioner if the parent or legal guardian demonstrates membership in a religious body or a church in which the religious beliefs or teachings of the church preclude a health care practitioner from providing medical treatment to the child.

The permanent file of students with exemptions will be marked for easy identification should the department of health order that exempted students be excluded from school temporarily during an outbreak or an epidemic.

If proof of immunization or a certificate of exemption is not received upon the student's enrollment in school, the principal will provide written notice to the parents or guardians that:

  1. Is delivered in person or by certified mail and provided to parents in their native language if feasible.
  2. Informs the parents of the applicable laws and implementing rules and includes a copy of the laws and rules.
  3. Provides information about immunization services that are available from or through the local health department and other public agencies.
  4. Orders the student excluded from school effective immediately upon receipt of the notice.
  5. Describes the rights of the parents and student to a hearing, describes the hearing process, and explains that the exclusion will continue until the medication or treatment plan is received or until a hearing officer determines that the student should no longer be excluded from school.

Exclusion from School

Following proper notification, the school will exclude the student for noncompliance with the immunization laws. Parents have a right to a hearing, provided they notify the school within 3 school days after receiving the exclusion order from the school principal. If the parent requests a hearing, the District will follow the hearing process for student expulsions.

Life Threatening Conditions

Definitions

Life-Threatening Condition is defined as a health condition that will put the student in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order and an Individual Health Care Plan are not in place.

Medication or Treatment Order is defined as the authority a registered nurse obtains under RCW 18.79.260(2) (the registered nurse practice act).

Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP) means a care plan developed by the nurse and the parents and others as necessary, to ensure the student's continued health and safety while at school. The IHCP will be distributed to appropriate staff members.

Medication or Treatment Order

Before a child with a life-threatening health condition may attend school, the parent/guardian must provide the school nurse with a copy of a medication or treatment order addressing the condition. If the District is aware that a student has a life-threatening health condition, the District will attempt to send notice of this Regulation and procedure to the family before school begins. Failure to receive written notice before school starts does not mean the parent need not comply with this Regulation and Procedure, but it may delay the exclusion of the student from school.

Exclusion

The District will prohibit the attendance of any student who is known to have a life-threatening condition if a medication or treatment order has not been provided to the student’s school. Prior to the exclusion, the District will provide the parents with written notice that:

  1. Is delivered in person or by certified mail and provided in the parent's native language if feasible;
  2. Orders the student excluded from school, effective upon receipt of the notice;
  3. Informs the parents of the applicable laws and implementing rules and includes a copy of the law and rules;
  4. Describes the parent’s and student’s right to a hearing and describes the hearing process.
  5. Explains that the exclusion will continue until a medication or treatment order is received, or until after a hearing officer determines that the student should no longer be excluded from school.

Hearing

  1. If a parent or guardian requests a hearing under this procedure, one shall be scheduled within three school days of receiving the request, unless the parent requests more time.
  2. The District will follow the hearing process for student expulsions.
  3. The student shall be excluded until the hearing officer makes a decision or until a medication or treatment order is provided.

Reinstatement

The student shall immediately be allowed to return to school upon the receipt of either a medication or treatment order and any medication or equipment identified in the order as necessary to carry out the order; or upon a decision by a hearing officer that the student should no longer be excluded from school.

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