• New for 2022-23 school year

    The Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) formally recognized transitional kindergarten (TK) as part of kindergarten in 2018. As a result, the Department of Health (DOH) updated the school immunization requirements.

    Students in preschool or kindergarten, including TK, who are four years old or older on Sept. 1, 2022 are required to have the additional dose of DTaP, IPV, MMR and varicella vaccines. Students between the ages of 4 and 5 on Sept. 1 will also need PCV and Hib vaccines for school entry.

    Find the updated child care and school immunization charts for the 2022-23 school year below.

    Immunization Requirements for School Attendance

    Washington School Immunization Laws RCW 28A.210.060-28A.210.170 require that your child be properly immunized in order to attend school.

    All new students entering Sumner-Bonney Lake School District must present proof of immunization prior to admittance. Students cannot enter school, without proof of meeting requirements of the immunization law.

    Administrators in these facilities have final responsibility when it comes to immunization compliance. It is the duty of the administrator, by law, RCW 28A.210.120, to exclude children from school, preschool, or child care if they do not meet immunization requirements.

    Child Care and Preschool Requirements Charts

    Children entering child care or preschool must get the required doses listed in this chart to be in compliance with immunization requirements. School-aged children (preschool-12) in before and after-school programs must meet the immunization requirements for their grade in school. The requirements follow the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Immunization Schedule.

    To read the chart, find the child’s age range and follow the row across to find the number of vaccine doses required by that age. For example, if a child is 6 ½ months old (not yet 7 months old), look at the row “By 5 months”. A 6 ½ month old child needs a total of 2 doses of DTaP vaccine. By the time the child reaches 7 months, they will need 3 total doses (look at the DTaP column and row “By 7 months”).

    For Parents/Guardians

    School Requirements (PreK-12) Charts

    Students entering school must get the required doses listed in this chart to be in compliance with immunization requirements. The requirements follow the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Immunization Schedule with requirements specified by grade level.

    To find the doses required, look at the column that includes the student’s grade and the row for the required vaccine. For example, a student entering Kindergarten needs 2 doses of MMR vaccine. The requirements and rules vary depending on the student’s grade.

    For Parents/Guardians

    Medically Verified Records

    As of August 1, 2020, the revised rule requires medically verified immunization records for school and child care entry. Medically verified record includes one or more of the following:

    • A Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) printed from the Immunization Information System (IIS)
    • physical copy of the CIS form with a healthcare provider signature
    • physical copy of the CIS with accompanying medical immunization records from a healthcare provider verified and signed by school staff
    • A CIS printed from MyIR

    Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) Form

    Families of Future SBLSD 7th graders: 
    A Tdap Booster is required for all students entering the 7th grade for the 2021-2022 school year.  If your student has not yet received the Tdap Booster, we encourage you to schedule it as soon as possible to avoid the late summer rush.  Medical verification of this immunization will need to be provided to the nurse or school office prior to September 7.

    Resources for obtaining required Immunizations

    Your child’s primary care provider

    Mary Bridge Mobile Immunizations provides free immunizations for Pierce County children birth to 18 years of age.

    The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department publishes the schedule; however, during the COVID pandemic they are providing vaccines only at the Mary Bridge WIC office in Tacoma, on an appointment only basis. Call 253-403-1767 to make an appointment.

    More information about K-12 school immunization requirements is available at: