Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the State of Pennsylvania is implementing new immunization guidelines. The following bullets outline the updated immunization requirements for school age children.
· For attendance in all grades, 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
· For attendance in all grades, 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (4th dose on or after 4th birthday)
· For attendance in all grades, 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella ( preferably given as MMR )
· For attendance in all grades, 3 doses of Hepatitis B
· For attendance in all grades, 2 doses of Varicella or chicken pox from vaccine or by history of disease
· For attendance in 7th grade, 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) on the first day of 7th grade
· For attendance in 7th grade, 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) on the first day of 7th grade
· For attendance in 12th grade, 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) on the first day of 12th grade (If one dose was given at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the 12th grade dose)
We strongly urge you to consult with your child’s physician as soon as possible. If your child has already received these vaccinations, please submit a copy of the record from your doctor to your school nurse IMMEDIATELY. If your child has not received the required immunization, please schedule an appointment and send in a copy of the documentation as soon as it is completed.
ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, unless the child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, he/she must have all the required doses listed above or the child will be excluded from school.
If the child does not have all the doses listed above, the child must provide a medical plan (red and white card signed by physician) within the first five days of school for obtaining the required immunizations or be excluded from schoolThe School District’s responsibilities relative to the enforcement of the law will be based on the following criteria:
A. PROOF OF IMMUNIZATION, rather than parent recall, is required.
B. The minimum required immunizations must be documented for enrollment into school unless there is a valid exemption.
C. The immunization histories of all transfer students must be reviewed for completeness, and corrective action taken when necessary.