• Urgent: Immunization outreach and back-to-school clinics

    All principals and assistant principals

    Please ensure that all students have up-to-date immunization records for the 2017-18 school year. Not only is this a matter of individual and public health, it has a direct impact on school and district budgets (as students who are out of compliance are not funded). Immunization requirements are listed here. Note that there are only two valid exemptions: a medical exemption from a doctor, or a religious exemption requested by parents. Both must be documented on form 896.

    Schools have already been receiving lists of noncompliant students every week. Due to the later school start this year, schools and families will have a shorter window to make sure their students are immunized. Please continue diligent efforts to contact families and obtain the required documentation.

    Families should be advised that students under 18 years of age who are not receiving medical assistance or other medical coverage (and are otherwise ineligible for the Free Vaccines for Children program) can receive immunizations at the Baltimore City Health Department TIKE Clinics, held from Monday to Thursday each week in August. Schools, particularly those on the east side, should also share that an immunization clinic is being held on Saturday, August 26, at the Eastern Health District at 620 N. Caroline Street (limited to the first 100 students). Call 410-396-4454 for additional information.

    For questions, contact Louise Fink in the Whole Child Services and Supports department at llfink@bcps.k12.md.us.
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