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Immunizations and Health

Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for your child. Staff is available at every school to assist students with health needs and dispense medication as needed per doctor’s prescription and parent instructions. Your school can provide you with their health and medication procedures.

Please call your school’s attendance line as soon as possible if your student will need to stay home from school due to illness or miss part of the day for an appointment. This ensures their nonattendance is recorded as an excused absence.

Hearing Screenings to begin in February 
Starting in February, the District will conduct hearing screenings for students in grade 1 and 3.

Parents will be notified by mail if their child did not pass the screening. An explanation of results along with resource information for possible consultation with a hearing specialist will be included in that notification.

Results for all students screened will be placed in the health section of the students’ cumulative file. For more information or if you would like to opt your child out of the screenings, please talk to your school’s office manager or call the District’s Hearing Screening Team at 503-844-1748. (en español)

Non Medical Exemptions for Immunizations
Per Senate Bill 895, if you have a religious or other reason to exclude your student from immunizations, you must submit documentation from one of two sources: letter from health care provider stating family was counseled about exempting from childhood immunizations; or parent/guardian can complete the non-medical exemption on-line tutorial and submit a copy of the certificate of completion. Immunization exclusion day varies each school year. Please visit the Oregon Health Authority : School and Child Care Immunization page for additional information.

Oregon state law requires that students have received appropriate vaccinations for school entry. To view the State of Oregon’s complete list of Immunization and Dosage Requirements, click here.

Kindergartners and other students new to the District will not be allowed to start school without the required immunizations.

School administrators are required to exclude from school those students not having proof of at least one dose of each of the above-noted immunizations. The only exceptions are those children who have health problems that would prevent them from receiving the inoculations and those whose religious teachings oppose immunizations.

Immunization Exclusion Day
Annual date designated by the State Health Department - when students without complete immunizations or exemptions are sent home and not allowed to return to school until the requirements are completed.

Beginning March 1, 2014, there is a new process parents must follow to claim a non-medical exemption and opt out of required immunizations for school.  Senate Bill 132A requires that parents who would like to claim non-medical exemptions must submit a document showing either:

  • A signature from a health care provider verifying discussion of the risks and benefits of immunization, or
  • A certificate of completion of an interactive online educational video about the risks and benefits of immunization.

Information about the new regulations is provided on the Oregon Health Authority's website.

Getting Immunizations
Immunizations may be obtained from your medical provider. You can also visit the District's school-based health center, located on the Century High School campus. In addition, the Washington County Health & Human Services (HHS) Department operates several clinics that offer a variety of services, including immunizations. Please visit the Washington County HHS web site or contact them at (503) 846-4955 for more information about services and locations.