(1) When there is an outbreak of a contagious disease, as defined in WAC 246-110-010
, such that there is the potential for a case or cases within a school or day care center, the local health officer, if appropriate, after consultation with the secretary of health or designee shall take all medically appropriate actions deemed to be necessary to control or eliminate the spread of the disease, including, but not limited to:
(a) Closing the affected school(s) or day care center(s), or part(s) thereof;
(b) Closing other schools or day care centers in the local health officer's jurisdiction;
(c) Causing the cessation of selected school or day care center activities or functions;
(d) Excluding from schools or day care centers in the local health officer's jurisdiction any students, staff, and volunteers who are infected with, or deemed to be susceptible to, the disease.
(2) Prior to taking action the health officer shall:
(a) Consult with and discuss the ramifications of action with the superintendent of the school district, or the chief administrator of the day care center or their designees on the proposed action; and
(b) Provide the board of directors and the superintendent of the school district or the chief administrator of the day care center a written decision in the form and substance of an order directing them to take action;
(3) Where these actions have been taken, the local health officer shall, in addition:
(a) Set the terms and conditions permitting schools or day care centers to reopen; activities and functions to resume; and excluded students, staff and volunteers to be readmitted; and
(b) Pursue, in consultation with the secretary of health or designee and school and/or day care officials, the investigation of the source of disease, or order those actions necessary to the ultimate control of the disease.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.20.050. 92-02-019 (Order 225B), § 246-110-020, filed 12/23/91, effective 1/23/92; 91-02-051 (Order 124B), recodified as § 246-110-020, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91; 90-21-056 (Order 095), § 248-101-221, filed 10/15/90, effective 10/15/90.]