With recent cases in WA, local health departments and DOH want schools to be aware of symptoms and prepare for the next steps should an exposure occur in your community.

Section 7 (page 13) of DOH’s Measles Guidelines points your school health team to the outline of steps for schools if a suspected exposure occurs.

It is helpful if a school has a list of staff and students who are not vaccinated or lack documentation of measles immunity. Anyone exposed to measles must be excluded from school for 21 days if not fully immunized. The law says staff do not have to provide their immunization status to a K12 school. Schools with many staff members with unknown vaccination status should have staffing plans in case a lot of teachers without immunization documentation have to be excluded from school.

Share questions you may have with info@wfis.org so we can submit them to be addressed at the meeting in May.