School Nurses & Staff
The Snohomish Health District provides guidance to schools related to illness reporting, including information about school absenteeism and reporting outbreaks and clusters of illness within a classroom or school.
immunization rule change 2020
Please see the Materials Reference Guide for access to information and resources to keep your school communities up to date.
Disease reporting requirements
In general, schools only need to report outbreaks of illness - not individual sick children - to the Snohomish Health District. Defining what constitutes an outbreak can be difficult and will vary depending on the type of disease and protocols. Please refer to Washington State OSPI Infectious Disease Control Guide (PDF) for more information.
The Snohomish Health District also offers forms and resources for reporting outbreaks and illness:
Resources for school nurses
Snohomish Health District has a public health nurse who advises school nurses, child cares, and preschools on immunizations for students and staff.
- Immunization Resources (PDF)
- Individual Vaccine Requirements Summary 2021-2022 (PDF) - Guidelines on Immunizations Required for Child Care/Preschool and School Entry in Washington State
- COVID Vaccine Toolkit for Schools (Word) includes sample letters and social media in English and Spanish
Reporting flu and influenza-like illness
Influenza surveillance is conducted throughout Snohomish County and involves schools, healthcare providers, and long-term care facilities. View updates of flu activity in Washington State (PDF). Use the School Absenteeism Reporting Form (PDF).