A notice sent to parents by Seattle Public Schools warns that thousands of students could be banned from returning to school after Christmas break if they are not up to date on their vaccinations.

The school district’s notice reads, “Student records must reflect updated immunization status by January 8, 2020, or students cannot attend school until the required information is provided to the school nurse.”

“Personal” or “philosophical” exemptions for the MMR vaccine were eliminated by state lawmakers in May of 2019.

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