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  • Community Health Care school-based health center now open

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    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 www.commhealth.org/sbhc 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 https://www.bethelsd.org/domain/5015
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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: 

    https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/Immunization/ExemptionLawChange.


    If you have any questions, you can reach Dawn Fox, Nurse Administrator, at 253-683-6940 or dfox@bethelsd.org.

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