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Tdap Requirements for Current 6th Graders
Tdap BOOSTER IS REQUIRED FOR 7TH -12th GRADE STUDENTS
Dear Parents of Rising 7th Grade Students:
In April 2018, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) changed the minimum recommended age for the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) adolescent booster vaccine from 10 to 11 years. As a result, a routine adolescent booster dose of Tdap should not be administered to students younger than 11 years of age.
To align with current ACIP recommendations, the 2019 General Assembly passed HB 2215 that changes the grade in which students receive Tdap vaccine from sixth to seventh grade. Students who received a Tdap immunization at age ten will not need another Tdap vaccine to enter seventh grade.
This legislation becomes effective July 1, 2019, and amends the Code of Virginia § 32.1-46.A.4 so that it will require: “A minimum of three or more properly spaced doses of acellular pertussis vaccine. One dose shall be administered on or after the fourth birthday. A booster dose shall be administered prior to entry into the seventh grade.”
If your child has NOT had this booster vaccine you must provide the proper documentation prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year for this immunization. Phone calls or notes from parents are not acceptable forms of meeting this requirement. Please meet this requirement by providing the school with one of the following by July 15, 2020:
- Proof of having the booster vaccine.
- A notarized religious exemption form with a raised seal or registration number.
- Medical exemption form signed by your physician indicating temporary or permanent exemption on the Virginia School Entrance Health Form.
The school division has the right to exclude your child from school if this requirement is not met. Teacher assignment or class schedules will not be mailed until this health information is shared with the school. If you need a copy of your child’s current school immunization record, please request a copy from the nurse at your school but understand it may take up to three days to receive it.
This required immunization may be listed as any of the following: Tdap, Adacel or Boostrix. Please call your doctor or local health department if you have questions.
The Tdap immunization can be received at your doctor’s office, military clinic, or local health department. The health department requires that you bring your most updated immunization record.
General Clinic Reminders
**Students should not call or text parent to go home. Student should ask teacher for permission to go to the clinic to see the nurse when not feeling well.**
- If your student would like to participate in any off campus field trips or activities, he/she must have a completed and signed emergency card on file in the clinic. This information is essential should an emergency arise. If you need another emergency card your student can pick up a copy from the clinic or front office. If there are any health concerns there must be medical documentation/ medications/ supplies in the clinic (these documents are also available in the clinic).
- Medication forms and care plans are only good for one school year. If your student has a medical condition (i.e. - life threatening allergy, asthma, diabetes, etc.) or takes daily or as needed medications, a new form will be required for the 2019-20 school year. These forms can be found by clicking the "Health Forms" link on the left of the page.
- Additionally, please register your child/children in CareDox. This is our electronic charting system that notifies you of treatment provided to your child/children. CareDox is HIPAA & FERPA compliant. If you would like to register, email CareDox at email@example.com
- Clinic hours are 8:30-4
Vaping/Juuling and Teenagers
Vaping (and Juuling) is an ever-growing problem among teens. Please visit this link for information on talking to your child about this extremely harmful habit:
Important & Helpful Information Regarding Influenza and Coronavirus
The CDC has resources for parents regarding the flu. The link below is a helpful fact sheet regarding flu prevention and caring for children with the flu:
Here are some facts about the Coronavirus (c-virus) from the Virginia Department of Health:
Student Wellness Policy
The objectives of our Student Wellness Policy are to promote student health and reduce childhood obesity. Teachers are using other options for instruction/incentives rather than food items. Attention to individual student allergies and health care plans within the class population is required. No sharing of outside food and drinks among students. Do not send cupcakes, candy, or food treats for birthday celebrations or class parties.(For a complete list of recommended snacks see "Health Forms" portion of this web page)