Some students out of compliance are missing the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR).
Washington state lawmakers voted to get rid of the “personal” or “philosophical” exemption for the MMR vaccine after two measles outbreaks sickened 87 people and sent the state into a state of emergency.
According to state law, school districts were supposed to start excluding students out of compliance 30 days after school started this fall.
A KIRO7 investigation from October found that schools and districts varied widely when it comes to following that law because there is no one to enforce it.
In fact, the state's manual says, "Administrators in these facilities have final responsibility when it comes to immunization compliance."
For example, in October, the Tacoma School District had started excluding kids, while Issaquah was starting to send out warning letters.
Now Seattle is also getting on board and will also start excluding students who don't meet immunization requirements.
Parents say they're glad to hear the district is taking the law seriously
“I think they did the right thing,” said Lucia Mondella, another parent.
“Absolutely. We’re all in this together. If some people aren’t pulling their weight, it’s not good for the majority,” Rhys-Jones said.