The Washington School District will provide an immunization clinic this spring in conjunction with the Franklin County Health Department.

The school board approved a memorandum of understanding with the health department at its December meeting.

The clinic will specifically target seventh- and eighth-graders and high school juniors and seniors.

School officials said the clinic is a proactive approach to obtain immunization record compliance for a population that is typically difficult to obtain.

The clinic will be offered on one day only at one location to be announced.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer said the clinic is “totally voluntary.”

“I think parents will like the convenience of it,” she said.

District nurses plan to market the clinic. Letters will be sent out to parents and signed consent forms will be required.

Students who participate in the clinic would meet the immunization requirements for the fall semester.

The health department piloted a school-based immunization program with several school district this past fall. The goals of the clinic include:

Decrease absenteeism by keeping kids healthy and in school;

Provide safe and convenient immunizations;

Prevent the spread of disease; and

Remove barriers from receiving vaccines.