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    The state has come out with a promotional kit to help parents access immunization records. This will assist with the change in regulation starting in August that requires medical verification of immunizations instead of parent report.



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  • The flu is here

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  • Community Healthcare Clinic Hours

    community healthcare

    Community Healthcare Clinic is open Monday & Wednesday, dental is Tuesday & Thursday and the nurse that can triage and give immunizations is there Monday through Thursday.

    The clinic will be closed December 25 and January 1st. 

    Since the holidays fall on Wednesdays, the medical practitioner will only be there on Monday during winter break. Dental will be there on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Behavioral health and the nurse (who can give vaccinations) will there Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.


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  • The Tdap vaccine is required for all children entering 6th grade. This vaccine can be given once your child turns 11. The Meningococcal and the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is also recommended for preteens. The attached information from the Centers for Disease Control has more information on these vaccines.

    These vaccines can be obtained from your child’s primary care provider or other agencies that supply free or low cost vaccinations. The immunization clinic at the South Hill Mall and Community Health Care School-Based Health Clinic are two local facilities. Community Health Care is currently located across the street from Bethel Middle School in the Bethel Learning Center. They can give vaccinations Monday through Thursday. 

    When your child has received his/her Tdap vaccine, please provide the school with the record.

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  • Two generic pill tablets


    Don’t make a fatal mistake.

    It’s deadly. It’s almost impossible to detect. And it’s often disguised as less-powerful drugs.

    Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used to treat the most severe pain. While all opioids can be deadly, fentanyl is especially dangerous because it is so strong—much stronger than heroin or morphine.

    Fentanyl is often disguised as other drugs

    Many of the opioid pills and powders sold on the street are fake. They often contain fentanyl in potentially deadly amounts but are mislabeled as other opioids. The DEA sampled tablets seized nationwide between January and March 2019. It found 27 percent contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl.

    That means if you buy things like Percocet, Vicodin or OxyContin you didn’t get from a pharmacy with a prescription, you need to assume they are fakes that contain fatal amounts of fentanyl.

    You can’t see, smell or taste fentanyl when it’s mixed with other drugs. If you use heroin, cocaine or crack—even rarely—you’re at risk of a fentanyl-involved overdose.

    Read more here

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  • Thanks to our amazing school nurses and health clerks!

    School nurses and health room workers pose for a photo

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  • Community Health Care school-based health center now open

    Flier for Community Health Care school based clinic

    The Community Health Care school-based health center is temporarily located at the Bethel Learning Center (21818 38th Ave. E, Spanaway, WA 98387) and will move to its permanent location in Bethel Middle School in the Spring of 2020.

    The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome.

    All Bethel School District students and staff are welcome to enroll. They accept most insurance and have a sliding fee scale for uninsured patients. No one is turned away based on inability to pay.

    Parents need to fill out a consent packet in order to enroll their students. Consent packets are available online at or can be picked up at the SBHC.

    More information about the SBHC is available online or by calling 253-722-1718.

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  • Military families: Tired of missing work for your child's medical appointments? Now you don't have to!
    Madigan’s School Based Health System is now providing health promotion, primary care and behavioral health screening services for TRICARE Prime beneficiary military students in grades 6-12. This benefit is in addition to services provided at the Madigan clinics.

    Appointments can be made by calling TRICARE at (800) 404-4506 and specifying the appointment is for the School Based Health System at Bethel High School.
    More information and consent forms can be found at
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  • New Law on MMR Personal Exemptions

    The Washington State Legislature passed a bill this year that removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry.

    This bill took effect July 28, 2019 and applies to public and private schools and child cares, including preschool. The law removes the option for a personal/philosophical exemption to the MMR vaccine requirement for schools and child cares. It also requires employees and volunteers at child care centers to provide immunization records indicating they have received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity.

    If your child has a personal exemption for the MMR vaccine, make an appointment with your health care provider to discuss your options for meeting this new requirement. You can get more information on this new law on the Washington State Department of Health:

    If you have any questions, you can reach Dawn Fox, Nurse Administrator, at 253-800-6940 or

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