Immunization Requirements for K-12 Students
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 SKSD board requires a student to present evidence of his/her having been immunized against diseases: as required by the State Board of Health (RCW 210.080). Immunizations must be recorded, signed and kept up to date by parents on the Certificate of Immunization Status form for Washington State (see below). This form is kept on file at school and required at registration before school attendance.
Current immunization requirements for Washington state school entry may be found here.
Medically Verified Immunization Records
Beginning August 1, 2020, all immunization records turned in to schools or childcare centers are required by state law to be medically verified. Immunization records must be turned into the school on or before the first day of attendance. 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. Your child cannot attend school until you provide these records.
Here are some examples of medically verified immunization records:
- A completed Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) signed by a health care provider and parent/guardian.
- A CIS filled out by you or another parent/guardian with medical records attached.
- A CIS printed by a health care provider or school from the Washington State Immunization Information System and signed by the parent/guardian.
- A parent/guardian signed CIS printed from MyIR which is a free Department of Health online tool that allows families to view and print their official immunization records themselves. Go to https://wa.myir.net/register to begin the sign-up process.
If your child is unable to see their primary healthcare provider or has not established care with a provider, here is a list of potential resources:
Kitsap Public Health District- Please visit KPHD's website for up to date immunization opportunities.
Mary Bridge Immunization Clinic - MultiCare's Mary Bridge Immunization Clinics provide free immunizations to all children from birth through 18 years of age. The clinic provides all vaccines that are recommended by the CDC. For more information about or to view a calendar with dates and locations for immunizations visit their website. To schedule an appointment, call 253-403-1767
Many local pharmacies offer childhood immunizations. Contact them directly for further details.
Exemption from Immunizations
The district will allow for exemptions from immunization requirements only as allowed for by Washington State Law (RCW 28A.210.090). In 2011, a bill went into effect in Washington State that requires a licensed health care provider to sign the Certificate of Exemption for a parent or guardian to exempt their child from school and child care immunization requirements. The signature verifies that the provider gave the parent or guardian information about the benefits and risks of immunization. Beginning in 2019, measles, mumps, or rubella may no longer be exempted for personal/philosophical reasons per state law.