Bill Number: HB 2744
Bill Text: Introduced
Chief Sponsors: Representative Noble, Senator Boquist, Linthicum
Regular Sponsors: Representative Stark, Senator Thatcher
Stance: SUPPORT

CALL TO ACTION: Please call your legislator and tell them it’s time to stop excluding healthy kids from school! Call your Representative and reference House Bill (HB) 2744.

Key Points:

Healthy children are being unfairly discriminated against, based solely on their vaccination status, during incidents of disease in schools. Since last spring, we have seen an increase of school exclusions, where unvaccinated students have been kicked out of school for 21 days, or longer, based on their vaccination record. Conversely, a student who gets a vaccine is allowed back into the school the next day, even though it would take days or weeks for them to form antibodies against infection. Fully vaccinated students may be ill with a disease, such as pertussis, and may be spreading it to their school contacts. However, these students are not typically tested for the disease since they are vaccinated.

Key Research: Why Attendance Matters for Achievement

Exploring the effects of student absenteeism

It appears that OHA is pushing for these exclusions now, where they have not in the past, as a tactic to increase vaccine uptake.

Excluded students are being adversely impacted by exclusions by losing out on valuable instruction time, college credits, and even activities such as graduation ceremonies. Families who have children already struggling in school with IEP’s or 504 plans are devastated by a mandatory 21 day exclusion, while on the other end of the spectrum, those with honors students and high achieving students find their GPA’s hurt, loss of college credit, and reduced chance for scholarship or specific college entrance they have been working hard for. And every student in between is negatively impacted by missing school days. Research has shown that even as few as 2-3 days of missing school has a measurable negative impact on student academic performance and outcomes .

Missing extensive amounts of classroom time also causes a tremendous mental, emotional and financial burden on families.

This bill would restore equity and common sense by excluding individuals who have actually been exposed to the disease, and are showing symptoms, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated. Healthy kids belong in school.

Call to Action for HB 2744

Email and/or call your own Representative as well as the following House Health Care Committee members to respectfully let them know why you think they should support this bill and politely request a hearing to be scheduled for this bill:

Chair:
Representative Mitch Greenlick
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-986-1433

Vice-Chair:
Representative Cedric Hayden
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-986-1407

Representative Rob Nosse
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-986-1442

Representative Teresa Alonso Leon
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-986-1422

Representative Denyc Boles
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-986-1419

Representative Christine Drazan
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-986-1439

Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-986-1446

Representative Tiffiny Mitchell
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-986-1432

Representative Ron Noble
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-986-1424

Representative Rachel Prusak
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-986-1437

Representative Andrea Salinas
Email: [email protected]re.gov
Phone: 503-986-1438

Thank you for your efforts!