Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, parents must keep a student home if he/she is displaying any possible symptoms of COVID-19, as per our required daily health screening. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Fever (above 100.4) or chills (before taking any medication to reduce fever)
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Religious Exemptions: Beginning January 1, 2020, no religious exemptions will be allowed in our Level 1 Catholic schools, pre-school to 12th grade, in the Archdiocese of Seattle. According to state law, an individual may be exempt from required vaccinations if he/she is an active member of a religious body whose beliefs and teachings precludes vaccination. This is not the case for Catholic institutions. There is nothing in the Catholic moral teachings, which would hold that the use of vaccines is immoral and/or sinful. Therefore, it is the policy of the Archdiocese of Seattle that all students must meet the vaccination requirements of the State of Washington as a condition for admission and attendance of our Catholic schools.
The only exception to the foregoing requirements for students (pre-school-12th grade) in our Catholic schools is a medical exemption signed by a licensed physician (M.D., N.D., D.O., ARNP, or PA) authorized to practice in the State of Washington, including the physician's license number. Failure to obtain the required immunizations prior to admission or to maintain required immunizations during enrollment may result in a denial of attendance
Tdap Change: Students given Tdap before the age of 10 will now be required to have their Booster dose to enter 7th grade (was previously 6th grade). This should not be an issue for most students unless from another state.
MYIR/CIS record: Schools are required to obtain from parents Certificate of Immunization Status document that is medically authorized. This can easily be printed from States MYIR. This year's difference is that parents must supply a Medically Verified Record not just a form they sign with guesswork. This is due to the school ON OR BEFORE THE 1st Day of ATTENDANCE.