As per New York State Law, students who are entering 6th grade for the 2017-2018 school year will require additional immunizations:
- Tdap (described below)
- 2nd dose of Varicella—all students, regardless of age—a health care provider’s signed medical record indicating the student had varicella disease, or lab test results showing proof of immunity are also acceptable.
- In addition, a polio booster MAY be required depending on the dates of shots previously received.
Students who are entering 6th grade and who are 11 years of age of older must receive animmunization containing tetanus toxoids, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap)
Students who are 10 years old and entering 6th grade will not be required to receive the Tdap until they turn 11 years old. At that time they must provide documentation of a booster dose of Tdap or provide proof of an appointment for the booster dose within 14 days.
We urge you to speak to your child’s healthcare provider regarding these immunizations so that your child’s transition to the middle school will not be disrupted due to this law.
We also urge you to, when speaking to your child’s physician, inquire about the administration of the Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACWY) Vaccine. This vaccine is required for all students
entering 7th grade, but may be given earlier.
As soon as your child receives the required immunizations, please provide proof to the school nurse so that it can be charted appropriately, avoiding your child’s exclusion from school in
Please feel free to contact your school nurse with any questions you may have regarding this important matter.student-health-6th-grade