Bone Marrow Donation. The Washington State Department of Health has a bone marrow donor recruitment and education program to educate residents about:
State law provides that a person's status as a minor may not disqualify them from bone marrow donation.
The National Marrow Donor Program manages a registry of unrelated bone marrow donors.
Health Graduation Requirement. The State Board of Education establishes graduation requirements. One half credit of health is required for graduation.
School districts, charter schools, and state-tribal compact schools that serve students in any of the grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to offer instruction in awareness of bone marrow donation to students. Beginning with the 2023-24 school year, instruction in awareness of bone marrow donation may be included in at least one health class necessary for graduation.
This instruction must be an instructional program provided by the National Marrow Donor Program or other relevant nationally recognized organizations. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction must post a link on its website to this instructional program.
School districts, charter schools, and state-tribal compact schools that serve students in any of the grades K through 8 may offer this instruction and adapt it to be age-appropriate.
These schools may offer this instruction directly or arrange for the instruction to be provided by available community-based providers. The instruction does not have to be provided by certificated instructional staff.
July 23, 2023