Immunization requirements for the 2020 school year

All children entering public school are required to have an updated CIS (certificate of imminization) form or properly filled out COE (certificate of exemption) on file at their child’s school before the first day of attendance.  RCW 28A.210.080

Beginning this year your child may be given conditional status to begin school, if they are on an up to date schedule to complete their immunizations.  They must have had the last possible dose of any given immunization prior to attending, and you can work with your school’s nurse to continue the path to full immunization.  Below are helpful links and FAQ’s to guide you.  Please contact your school’s nurse as the rules for immunization can be confusing.  Nurse Directory

Changes to immunization laws for the 2020-2021 school year-  Effective August 1, 2020

  • Clarification to conditional status for entry into childcare or school.

  • Requirement that records presented to the school be medically verified.  

  • Changes the Tdap booster immunization requirement from 6th to 7th grade.  

You are encouraged to access your family’s immunizations records on the Washington State immunization information page, called myIR.    It takes a couple of minutes to register and you can then print the needed form for your child.  Contact your child’s health care provider, if it is not completely filled out and you can work with them to have it completed.  

Link to preschool requirements-

Parents - Are Your Kids Ready for Child Care or Preschool?

Link to Kindergarten-12th grade immunizations-

Parents - Are Your Kids Ready for School?

Link to blank CIS (certificate of immunization)-

Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS)

Link to the COE (certificate of exemption)-

Certificate of Exemption Personal/Religious

Link to laws pertaining to school immunizations-

Immunization Law and Rules - Schools

FAQ to starting school in conditional status

FAQ on Conditional Status

Link to list of locations where you can obtain immunizations

Community Vaccine Resources