Health Room & Forms
Washington state law requires children enrolling in public schools to provide proof of immunity to specific communicable diseases. Immunizations shall be provided against Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella. Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, all students must have medically verified documentation of their immunization status on or before the first day of attendance. The regulation for medically verified records pertain to students in grades that require new immunization documentation. This includes students in preschool, kindergarten, seventh and new enrollees. Medically verified records include one or more of the following:
- A Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) printed from the Immunization Information System (IIS)
- A physical copy of the CIS form completed with a healthcare provider signature
- A physical copy of the CIS filled out with accompanying medical immunization records from a healthcare provider verified and signed by school staff
- A CIS printed from MyIR
Students will not be able to attend school until the school has a student’s immunization record and immunizations are up to date. Contact your doctor to get a record of your child’s immunization record or you can access it on MyIR. Your child can get immunizations at his/her primary care provider, Free Children’s Immunization Service, and the School-Based Health Center at Bethel Middle School.
Exemptions can be made for medical, religious or philosophical reasons. Personal/philosophical exemptions are not allowed for measles, mumps and rubella. The Certificate of Exemption must be completed by a licensed health care professional in Washington is required for a medical, religious or philosophical exemption. Religious membership that does not believe in any medical care only requires a parent or guardian's signature. For more information on immunizations and forms can be found at Washington State Department of Health.
If your child has a life-threatening health condition, please take time over the summer break to get your them to the doctor to get orders and medication refills for school.
Substitute House Bill 2834 requires children with life-threatening health conditions to have medication or a treatment order on file prior to attending school. This includes early start programs such as the Bridge Program for 6th and 9th grade students.
Please make an appointment early with your child’s healthcare provider to make sure you can get these documents and refills in time for your child to start school.
You can find all the forms you will need for doctor’s orders by clicking on the "Forms" tab above.
Please have the needed orders to your child’s school by September 1 to ensure the school nurse will have time to prepare your child’s care plan and train the staff.
State law requires children with life-threatening conditions to have a medication and/or treatment order on file prior to the start of school. A "life-threatening condition" is a health condition that could be deadly to the child – during the school day – if a medication and/or treatment order is not provided. School nurses will be responsible for putting a nursing care plan in place.
If your child has a “life-threatening” condition, please have a health care provider complete the required medication and treatment forms based on your child's health condition. All parents who have a child with a life threatening condition are required to fill out the basic packet that includes an Authorization for Exchange of Medical Information and a Contact Information form. Additional forms may be needed based on your child’s health condition. All forms and medications must be provided to your child's school before the school year begins. Upon receipt of the information from your health care provider and medication, the school nurse will contact you to develop an appropriate nursing plan. She will then need to train the staff. Your child may not be able to start school on the first day of school if the orders are not at school three days prior to school starting.
What to do if you develop symptoms? (staff and students)
Students and staff with respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms, such as a cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea (Symptoms of COVID-19), should not attend school and test for COVID-19. The Washington State Department of Health Decision Tree offers guidance.
I'm a STUDENT and have tested POSITIVE for COVID-19. Now what?
The Washington State Department of Health Decision Tree offers guidance.
I'm a BETHEL EMPLOYEE, and I tested POSITIVE for COVID-19. Now what?
Labor & Industries requires all COVID positive staff to isolate for at least five days* after your symptoms first appeared or positive test date (whichever comes first).
Staff may return from isolation after five full days if:
- Staff should continue wearing a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days (day 6 through day 10) after their 5-day isolation period.
- If staff continue to have a fever or their other symptoms have not improved after five days of isolation, wait to end the isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.
The Washington State Department of Health Decision Tree offers further guidance.
Hazel Health is offering free mental and physical telehealth services at home for all students in the Bethel School District.
There is no cost to families.
Hazel Health doctors can evaluate your child’s symptoms and provide the appropriate type of treatment from home from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days. Hazel can help with everything from acne and asthma to allergies, headaches, and pink-eye.
Students also have access to virtual counseling sessions at home from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. When a child is struggling with their emotions, Hazel can quickly provide assessments and screenings, counseling, education and navigation to additional resources and care. A Hazel counselor can work with your child for depression, anxiety, bullying, peer relationships, and more.
To access services, parents will need to sign the online form here: my.hazel.co/bethelsd