Per New York State law, students who are entering 6th grade for the 2019-2020 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 is acceptable proof of immunity.
- 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 or older must receive an immunization 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 with 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.
As soon as your child receives these immunizations please provide proof to the school nurse so that it can be logged appropriately, avoiding your child’s exclusion from school in September.
Please feel free to contact your school nurse or myself with any questions you may have regarding this important matter.