UPSD Immunizations / Health Requirements

Annual Health Required Form:
  • Each year you will receive a new STUDENT MEDICAL ALERT form (green) to fill out, sign and return. We require that this form be on file in order for your child to attend school and/or attend off campus activities.
  • Washington State RCW 28A.210.320 mandates that students with Life Threatening Health Conditions have Care Plans in place PRIOR to first day of attendance. The Care Plan includes medical information from you and your child's doctor, current doctor orders and a plan of care for while student is at school. If your child has a NEW Life Threatening Condition you will need to meet with a registered nurse PRIOR to your child being admitted into school so that we can develop the Care Plan and make sure medications and supplies needed are in the school when your child arrives.

Medication: If it becomes necessary for a student to take any form of medication at school, according to state law, the following must be on file in the health room:

  • A doctor's order with the Parent Request for Giving Oral Medication at School form must be completed and signed by both parent and physician and be on file in the school health center.
  • All medication and medical information should be given to the school nurse at Registration, and as necessary throughout the school year.
  • ALL INHALERS, EPI-PENS, SEIZURE MEDICATION, DIABETIC SUPPLIES, OXYGEN, TUBE FEEDINGS, SUCTIONING EQUIPMENT, and CATHETER SUPPLIES must be in place at the school prior to the first day of attendance. NO EXCEPTIONS due to child safety.
  • All medication, with the dosage and the physician's name, must be brought to school in the original prescription bottle by an adult. The doctor's order and the instructions on the bottle must match. Over the counter medication, such as cough drops or any other over the counter medication your child may be taking, requires a doctor's order and parent signature so that our nurses may administer the medication. These medications must be kept in the health room and not carried by the student.

Other guidelines:

It is a violation of state law for students to be in possession of any over-the-counter or prescription medication at school without doctor orders and signed permission. Students in possession of medication without this may be subject to disciplinary consequences.

Medication by routes other than oral:

Unlicensed school employees can administer only medications given by mouth. Asthma inhalers fall into this category. Epi-pens are considered emergency medication and can be given due to special legislation. Eye drops, ear drops, nose drops, injections, prescription ointments, and other First Aid to skin, i.e. triple antibiotic ointments, calamine lotion, and other over the counter medications cannot be applied because they are considered treatment, not First Aid. Any treatments to the skin needs a doctor's order and are to be applied only by licensed medical personnel or the student; they cannot be delegated to unlicensed school staff, except in an emergency situation.

New sunscreen law. If using a sunscreen, it needs to be brought to the health room, clearly marked, and left with the nurse. Students will apply sunscreen to self. Only rub-on sunscreen will be accepted. Sunscreen may be applied before coming to school.

Immunizations Required for School Attendance: 


Students are required to have current immunizations

  • Up to date and current immunization records must be provided for students to be enrolled. University Place students must present evidence of having all required Immunizations for public school attendance as listed by the Washington State Department of Health and Tacoma Pierce County Health Department per age and grade level. Parent verification of disease is no longer acceptable. Healthcare provider verification of chickenpox history required.
  • This list can be found at this link: minimum immunizations required for school attendance.

New students from out of state who do not have immunizations in compliance with State law MAY BE allowed to TEMPORARILY ATTEND SCHOOL FOR 30 DAYS ON THE CONDITION that YOU PROVIDE US WITH YOUR CHILD'S COMPLIANT IMMUNIZATION RECORD within that 30 days. This must show that your child has received the missing vaccines, is in the process of getting them, or a Certificate of Exemption signed by your child's Health Care Provider or you indicate your Religious Membership whose beliefs do not allow treatment from a health care practitioner. If you do not provide this information by the deadline your child will be EXCLUDED FROM SCHOOL.

Health Room Procedures:

A Nurse or a trained Health Para-professional is present every day in our health room. We request that students follow the following procedures if they wish to be seen in our Health Room.

  • Students must report to class at the beginning of the school day.
  • Students should not go directly to the health room unless there is a serious emergency.
  • All students must have a pass to enter the Health Room.
  • If your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease you will need to provide the school/school nurse with a copy of the Drs. written diagnosis and note as to when it is safe for return to school. Student needs to check back in with the nurse when returning to school.
  • If your child is injured or has had surgery please provide the school nurse with Drs. orders when returning your child to school so that we can make any needed accommodations.
  • Please have your child check back in with the nurse following a serious illness, injury, or head lice. 

Illness: In the event your child becomes ill or is injured at school, we will call the parent, guardian or the person listed on the student emergency record. If we are unable to reach someone, the student will be retained in the health room for short period of time. If warranted 911 emergency services will be called to assess and transport to nearest hospital. Plan to be, or have someone available, every school day.

Keep an ill child home:
Following the AAP recommendations we ask that your child be kept home if he/she is not able to take part in normal school activities, the illness causes an unsafe or unhealthy place for others at school, or when the child requires care that cannot be managed at school. 

  • For your child's protection, as well as other children in school, please keep students home for 24 hours after a temperature has returned to normal.
  • Do not send child to school after having given a fever reducing medication.Keep child home for 24 hours after the last time her/she vomited or had diarrhea.
  • Do not send child to school having given medication to control nausea or diarrhea.
  • Children with any unidentified rash may not be in school and will need to provide doctors note that states the rash is not communicable and permits child to be at school.
  • Child with uncontrollable cough, and is an issue in the classroom, may be asked to remain at home until cough is controlled or child has been seen and/or treated by HCP.
  • Additional information is located on the school calendar, or if you have any questions please contact your child's school nurse or the District Nurse in the District Office.