• SY16/17 immunization update

    All principals and assistant principals

    All children must have up-to-date immunizations and records to be enrolled in and attend school.

    While the majority of immunization requirements remain the same, in SY 2016-17 the new immunization requirements summarized below will impact 2nd and 9th grade students. This is especially significant for schools as students who have been retained in either 2nd grade or 9th grade will now have to meet the new requirements even though they were in compliance last year.

    The new, additional requirements for the 2016-17 school year are:

    • 2 doses of Varicella vaccine for entry into Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade
    • 1 dose of Tdap vaccine for entry into 7th, 8th and 9th grades
    • 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine for entry into 7th, 8th and 9th grades

    Please refer to the immunization requirements page for the complete list of requirements.

    All schools must work diligently to collect immunization records and must upload them to Infinite Campus the day that they are received. Principals will be able to obtain an updated out of compliance list through Infinite Campus daily.

    The first day of exclusion will be September 19.

    Please note other important information:
    • Students are excused from immunizations if they have a medical exemption form from a physician or if the parent fills out an 896 form and requests a religious exemption. Parents saying they are choosing not to have their students immunized is not a valid exemption.
    • Students who are 18+ years of age and not receiving medical assistance or other medical coverage (and who are otherwise ineligible for the free Vaccines for Children program) may receive vaccinations at the BCHD Tike Clinics.
    • Temporary Admission can be granted according to COMAR and can be applied on the first day of school and throughout the school year. In order to request that a student without an up-to-date immunization record be admitted or retained temporarily, the student’s parent or guardian must present evidence of the student’s appointment with a health care provider or local health department to receive appropriate immunizations.
    • The date of the appointment must not be later than 20 calendar days following the date the student was temporarily admitted or retained. In other words, the appointment must occur prior to the end of the 20-day grace period. If the required documentation is not provided by the 20th day of temporary admission, the student is to be excluded the next school day.
    • Appointments should not be entered as temporary exemptions.
    For more information, including details about requirements, BCHD clinic schedules and supports for students and families, please visit the immunization webpage.

    For questions, please contact Louise Fink (llfink@bcps.k12.md.us).