Seattle school system says if students aren’t vaccinated, they can’t return

About 2,000 students need their immunization records updated, Seattle schools spokesman Tim Robinson told CNN affiliate KCPQ-TV. The division sent letters to parents last week and are now offering free immunization clinics to help expedite the process. Clinics will be available Monday and Friday of next week, the school system's website said. "We are doing everything we can here — at this sprint to the finish line — to get as many students up to date as possible," Robinson told KCPQ. "We don't want anybody missing out on any educational time." Robinson told CNN affiliate KOMO-TV the schools have a plan if students don't get vaccinated by the deadline. "If a student comes to school on the 8th and their records aren't up to date, they'll just be held aside, their parents or guardian will be contacted," Robinson said.Should a student miss school because they're lacking the immunization requirements, their missed days will be counted as unexcused absences, the school system said.

School division says it's following state law

Seattle schools' ultimatum to parents follows state law, which requires students to be fully vaccinated. Last May Washington legislators passed a bill — which became law in July — that says families can't use personal and philosophical reasons to avoid having their children vaccinated with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, according to the Washington Department of Health. The bill's passage followed a measles outbreak in the state earlier this year that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency. "All we want is for all people in our schools to be able to come in to school and not worry about getting a disease that is a vaccine preventable disease,&quotRead More – Source

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