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New Immunization Rules

WA State schools have changed the way they collect immunization records and comply with immunization rules. The new changes will take effect beginning with the 2020-21 school year.

New Immunization Rules

Nuevas reglas de inmunizaciĆ³n 


For the protection of your student, Washington State's School Immunization Law requires documentation of immunization at the time of school registration. A Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS), signed by the parent/guardian must be on file at the school on or before the student's first day of school. If it the responsibility of the parent/guardian to obtain the required documentation AND complete the form.

The date of immunization or illness must be on file with the school nurse prior to school entry. If your student's immunizations are deficient, the school nurse will contact you. Please be sure to notify the school nurse of all up-dates.

Washington State's School Immunization Law RCW 28A.210.080requires documentation of immunization at the time of school registration. A completed certificate of immunization status (CIS) (Spanish) or certificate of exemption (COE)(Spanish) signed by the parent/guardian must be on file at the school on or before the student's first day at school. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to obtain the required documentation, complete the form AND turn it in to the school before the student can start school.

Minimum Entry Requirements for School Attendance:

  • Immunization Requirements - WA State Department of Health
  • If your student's immunizations are deficient, the school nurse will contact you. Please be sure to notify the school nurse of all up-dates.
  • Immunizations are available from your own health care provider and Community Health Centers.