A notice sent to parents by Seattle Public Schools warns that thousands of students could be banned from returning to school after Christmas break if they are not up to date on their vaccinations.
The school district’s notice reads, “Student records must reflect updated immunization status by January 8, 2020, or students cannot attend school until the required information is provided to the school nurse.”
“Personal” or “philosophical” exemptions for the MMR vaccine were eliminated by state lawmakers in May of 2019.
The MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is the main immunization the school district is focusing on before allowing students to return to class.
To assist families who may not be able to afford the shots, the district is offering free immunization clinics over the holiday break to help students get in compliance with the mandatory vaccination laws.