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Student Health

The health and well being of all students at Muddy Creek is very important.  Please read through the following topics to better understand how you can help support our efforts to ensure a healthy school environment.

When Should I Keep my Child at Home?

In order to prevent the spread of disease at our school, it is important to make sure that your child is kept home from school if certain symptoms are present.  Please read When Should I Keep my Child at Home to determine whether or not you should send your child to school.


Oregon law requires that children enrolled in public school be adequately immunized against diptheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and varicella. On registration day, kindergarten parents must bring their child’s immunization records to school. School staff will then advise about needed immunizations. Most kindergarten students will need to receive a booster dose of diptheria/tetanus vaccine and polio vaccine to meet the requirements of the law. Those who have not had one dose of measles/mumps/rubella vaccine will need one. Immunizations are available through your regular family physician or the Benton County Health Department.

If your child has a religious exemption to any vaccine which was signed prior to March 1, 2014, new documentation for your child is required. If your child has since received these vaccines, please present the dates on a Certificate of Immunization form, available at your child’s school. If your child has not received these vaccines, please do one of the following BEFORE February 15, 2017. If we do not have documentation prior to this date, your child will be excluded from school beginning that day until documentation is provided.

  1. Obtain a new non-medical exemption. Information on the process is available at this link
  2. Obtain a medical exemption. This requires a statement from your child’s physician. This will be presented to the health department where it will be either approved or denied. Questions about immunization requirements may be directed to your school office or the school district nursing staff.

*Please note that kindergarten students who had a non-medical exemption in preschool or child care are required to have a NEW non-medical exemption certificate in order to start Kindergarten.

Please refer to the 2016-2017 Immunization Requirements.

School District Vaccination Rates Available

The state of Oregon requires annual reporting on school immunization rates within thirty days of the first day of school. Benton County immunization and exemption rates are available here.

Individual school reports are posted annually and available 30 days after the first day of school. Vaccination rates for Corvallis schools are available here. Vaccination rates for Muddy Creek during the 2017-2018 school year is available here.

Medication at School

Students are allowed to take prescription or non-prescription medication at school or at school-sponsored activities only if necessary for the student to stay in school.  Parents may request that school personnel give medicine to their child. The request must be made in writing and must include proper written instructions regarding how and when the medicine should be taken. Please fill out the Medication Authorization Form and return it to the office.  The medicine also must be brought to the school in its original container. Medication not picked up within five school days of the end of the medication period or at the end of the school year, will be disposed of by the school.

Head Lice

If a student appears to have symptoms of  head lice, a screening will be performed by a staff member. If the student is found with live head lice or nits, he/she will be discouraged from close, direct head-to-head contact with others, and the child’s parent or guardian will be notified that prompt, effective treatment is necessary. The student(s) will be allowed to return to school after being treated and an inspection conducted by a school staff member indicates that there are no live lice or nits.  In place of an inspection by a school staff member, the school will accept a note from a medical professional indicating that no live lice or nits were found.

In the instance that a student is found to have an active case of head lice, staff will perform a head check of every child in the school to ensure that all active cases are identified and subsequently treated.  All parents will be notified if a case of head lice is found, although the name(s) of affected student(s) will not be disclosed.  It is the policy at Muddy Creek Charter School that infected students may not return to class until an inspection indicates that there are no live lice or nits.  Included below are links for additional information regarding headlice.