IMMUNIZATION OF STUDENTS
No child shall be admitted to school except upon presentation of a physician’s certificate that the child has been successfully immunized against diptheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, varicella, and poliomyelitis in accordance with the most recent childhood immunization schedule and requirements for school entry via the DPH website (http://www.mass.gov/dph).
The only exception to these requirements will be made upon receipt of a written statement from a doctor that immunization would be medically contraindicated, upon receipt of a written statement from the student’s parent or guardian stating that vaccination or immunization is contrary to the religious beliefs of the student or parent, or the child is homeless.
In the case of a homeless child, according to the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001, the child cannot be denied entry to school for non-possession of immunization records. In this case, the nurse will work with the parent/guardian and physician to obtain records as soon as possible.
When a vaccine-preventable disease emerges, susceptible individuals (including those with medical and religious exemptions) who are not vaccinated will need to be excluded for the appropriate time periods as outlined in Reportable Diseases, Surveillance and Isolation & Quarantine Requirements (105 CMR 300.00) Established by law.
[Revised: June 2003]
[Revised: October 2015]
LEGAL REF.: M.G.L. 76:15
CROSS REF.: JF, School Admissions