Mask Exemptions

There is a simple three-step process to get a mask exemption for your child:

Step One: Secure your Mask Exemption

You must receive documentation from a "medical provider" that grants an exemption which clearly indicates your child's name/birthdate, and the name/licensing authority of the provider. No further explanation or diagnosis is required.

The medical provider does NOT need to be a medical doctor.

The medical provider definition is outlined in Title 39 of the Idaho Statute, and includes the following health care professionals listed in Title 54:

Again, the medical provider need not be a physician. They need only fall into one of above categories and be currently licensed by the State of Idaho. Medical exemptions have already been accepted from chiropractors, nurses, and child psychologists among others.

When contacting the provider, be clear that you're seeking a mask exemption letter. You may be required to have an in-person examination and pay for the visit. Let the provider know that CDH guidelines indicate that an exemption can be granted on either "medical or mental health" needs, but no formal explanation or diagnosis should be included in the document itself. Moreover, HIPAA restrictions forbid any inquiry into the underlying assessment; the school nurse is not allowed to share the letter with outside third parties.

Here is an example exemption that was successfully filed.

You can also provide this Word Document to the medical provider as a base template for them to fill out.

Step Two: File your Exemption with the School Nurse

Your exemption should be filed via email with the School Nurse to take immediate effect. Simply send the nurse an email with your exemption attached, and that's that. Do not send the exemption to the school administrators; these are medical concerns managed by HIPAA rules regarding medical privacy.

Remember that the nurses have a job to do beyond processing exemption forms; be patient, be kind, and be appreciative of their efforts. This is a process, not a protest, and the nurses are just following West Ada policy.

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Andrus maas.jackie@westada.org
Barbara Morgan ebersole.shannon@westada.org
Centennial redd.hillary@westada.org
Chapparal cottrell.allison@westada.org
Chief Joseph Hamilton.bonnie@westada.org
Christine Donnell Stephenson.lisa@westada.org
Cross Roads Middle
Desert Sage elia.maureen@westada.org
Discovery malkin.missy@westada.org
Eagle Elementary hanigan.anne@westada.org
Eagle High jarvis.bev@westada.org
Eagle Hills Wehrer.andrea@westada.org
Eagle Middle hanigan.anne@westada.org
Frontier rowland.jenny@westada.org
Galileo plaisted.erica@westada.org
Heritage Middle williams.christina@westada.org
Hillsdale
Hunter Colaianni.Brandi@westada.org
Joplin Hemseri.tina@westada.org
Lake Hazel Elem
Lake Hazel Middle loveland.diana@westada.org
Lewis and Clark Middle kopping.nicole@westada.org
Lowell Scott Middle hanigan.anne@westada.org
Mary McPherson Hamilton.Bonnie@westada.org
McMillan
Meridian Elem Ropski.Susan@westada.org
Meridian High lafond.deborah@westada.org
Meridian Middle hart.marla@westada.org
Mountain View johnston.rebecca@westada.org
Owyhee Desaulniers.Tami@westada.org
Paramount Elem hemseri.tina@westada.org
Pathways Middle hanigan.anne@westada.org
Pepper Ridge Elem obrien.catherine@westada.org
Peregrine Elem robertson.kristina@westada.org
Pioneer School of Arts rawlings.lisa@westada.org
Pleasant View Elem allumbaugh.carrie@westada.org
Ponderosa Elem
Prospect Elem meyer.cathy@westada.org
Renaissance High dryer.dean@westada.org
River Valley Elem
Rocky Mountain Cushing.Patty@westada.org
Sawtooth Middle congdon.samantha@westada.org
Seven Oaks maas.jackie@westada.org
Seven Oaks Elem maas.jackie@westada.org
Siena Elem huffaker.alicia@westada.org
Silver Sage Elem huffaker.alicia@westada.org
Spalding Elem driver.denise@westada.org
Star Elem plaisted.erica@westada.org
Star Middle gaudette.shelva@westada.org
Summerwind STEM cathers.julie@westada.org
Ustick Elem rowland.jenny@westada.org
Victory Middle fuss.erin@westada.org
Willow Creek Elem brown.tiffany@westada.org

Step Three: Send your Child to School Mask-Free with a Courtesy Notice

This step is purely optional, but will assist your child in navigating the school environment itself and will support our teachers; they deserve the courtesy.

In Elementary School it's a good idea to email the teacher in advance indicating that you have a Medical Exemption on file with the school nurse so they can prepare accordingly.

For Middle and High School, download and print this letter which your student can show any teacher or administrator. Again, we support our staff, and they deserve this courtesy.

Medical Exemption Notice

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact us at support@westadaparents.com and we'll do everything we can to help.