Immunization Changes

Changes to Immunization Requirements
Posted on 04/25/2017

PA Department of Health changing school immunization regulations for 2017-18 

Attention Parents and Guardians of School-Aged Children: The Pennsylvania Department of Health has made several major changes to immunization requirements that will take effect August 2017.

It is important for you to be aware of these changes and take action as needed to ensure your child can be enrolled in and attend school in August 2017. 

The major changes include the following:

**Change to Provisional Enrollment Period:
The provisional period during which students without vaccines or allowed exemptions are permitted to attend school has been reduced from 8 months to 5 days (starting with the first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year).

**New Vaccination Requirements:
**Combination form for diptheria and tetanus;
**Pertussis vaccination
**Combination form for measles, mumps and rubella; and
**Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV) for entry into 12th Grade

A child must have the required, medically appropriate vaccines or a plan to complete those vaccines OR risk exclusion from school.

Please review the handout below and ensure your child has the required vaccinations OR a plan in place to complete them OR the appropriate exemption paperwork on file with the District by the start of school in August 2017. 

Our school nurses are working to notify families who may be impacted by the changes to these laws, particularly the change to provisional enrollment and new requirements needed for specific grade levels (7th and 12th).

We will continue to communicate with ALL our families throughout this year and into the summer in an attempt to ensure you are prepared for your child to start school in August 2017. 

The links and resources below will provide you with detailed information on what vaccinations are required. It is also a good idea to speak with your child's pediatrician or family doctor with any questions or concerns you may have.

Vaccination Requirements

for more information

Click here to download and print the School Vaccination Requirements for 2017-2018
or visit the PA Department of Health website,

If your child is exempt from vaccination, or you seek an exemption, the following form must be printed, completed and filed with your child's school by the fifth day of this school year. 

PA Exemption Form