**New Immunization Regulations for 2017-2018**
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has amended regulations regarding immunizations required in the school setting. The changes are specifically important for all students entering Kindergarten, 7th and 12th grades as well as new students to the district.
In addition to requirements for Kindergarten, students entering 7th grade require a dose of Meningococcal vaccine and Tdap. New for 2017, students entering 12th grade will require a second dose of meningococcal vaccine or one dose if given at age 16 or older.
A child must have all medically appropriate vaccines or a documented plan from a physician’s office for completion. New regulations require this for the first day of school in September 2017. Previously the grace period was 8 months. Due to this extremely shortened time line, we are asking your help in getting the required paperwork to the school nurse’s office. Most students who go for their yearly physical exam will have completed these requirements. Students will not be permitted to start school in September without proper documentation.
Contact has been made for students without proper documentation on file. If you receive a notice, please check with your physician’s office regarding these requirements and submit the most recent copy of immunizations to the school nurse or a plan for completion. Doing this before the end of school in June will be helpful in avoiding any problems in September.
The requirements allow for the following exemptions: medical reasons, religious belief, philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction. Even if your child is exempt from immunization, he or she may be excluded from school during an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease.
Pennsylvania school immunization requirements can be found in 28 Pa.CODE CH.23 (School Immunization). Contact your health Care Provider, School Nurse, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH or visit www.health.pa.gov for more information.
Thank you for your help! Our goal is to have 100% complete, avoiding any interruption in your child’s education! Please feel free to contact your school nurse with any questions.
Interboro High school- Carolyn Gardener 610-237-6410 ext.2141 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindergarten Academy- Virginia Kambies 610-957-5401 ext. 7113 email@example.com
Glenolden School- Virginia Kambies 610-237-6430 ext. 5229 firstname.lastname@example.org
Norwood School- Veronica Youhouse 610-237-6425 ext. 4230 email@example.com
Tinicum School- Veronica Youhouse 610-521-4450 ext. 3223 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prospect Park School- Brittany Garraty 610-237-6420 ext. 6323 email@example.com