Welcome to Kindergarten!
Pennsylvania School Immunization Requirements (28 PA Code Ch.23)
Children in Kindergarten need the following immunizations for attendance:
- 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (usually given as a DTaP or DTP or DT or Td) – one dose must be on or after 4th birthday
- 4 doses of polio – 4th dose must be on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given
- 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella (usually given as MMR)
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B (properly spaced)
- 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
Vaccine Information can be found at: www.dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov
Vaccine compliance is determined by the number of doses and spacing of vaccine doses.
The time for completing immunizations decided by the PA Department of Education and the PA Department of Health is now 5 days. To prevent your child from being excluded from school, you must provide one of the following by the first day of school:
- A copy of the required immunizations
- A written plan to complete immunizations signed by a licensed health care provider
If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover immunizations, please call one of the organizations below:
- Pennsylvania Department of Health at (717) 299-7597
- LGH ChildProtect at (717) 544-3811
In addition to the above vaccinations, a physical exam and dental exam are also required for entry into a school in Pennsylvania. The physical and dental exams should be completed by the first day of school. Forms and other health information is available on the nurse’s blog under forms.
A certificate of immunization exemption must be presented if there is any reason that a child cannot be vaccinated against these diseases. If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
High School Sports Physicals
Dates: June 19th and July 26th
Times: Both days are from 8-11:00 AM
Location: High School Nurse Office
Cost: $20.00 If paying by check, make payable to Dr. Timothy Weaver
No appointment needed.
For details other than the above, call Cindy Bachman (Secretary to Athletic Director) 872-9520 ext 1867
Reminder– All students starting kindergarten will need current immunizations along with a completed physical and dental form on file at the beginning of the school year.
Physical and dental forms can be found on the nurses blog under forms. These forms may be mailed, faxed or dropped off at your child’s school any time before the first day of school. Contact information for each school is listed under Contact Us.
Please contact your school nurse to discuss any medical concerns, medications to be given during the school day, or for any questions.
Just a few reminders as we begin the new school year…
All students in Kindergarten, 6th, and 11th grades are required to have completed physical exams.
All students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 5th grades are required to have a completed dental exam.
Incoming 7th graders are required to have their Tdap and MCV vaccines prior to the first day of school.
Exams and immunizations may be sent to the health room or faxed to your school nurse.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.
Thanks to everyone that returned completed physical and dental forms.
Just a reminder:
Kindergarten, 6th, and 11th grade physical examination forms are due.
Kindergarten, 1st and 5th grade dental examinations are also due.
All 7th graders are required to have the following immunizations upon entry into 7th grade: TDaP and MCV
Please be sure that a copy of these immunizations have been sent to the school nurse. If your 7th grader has not had these immunizations please contact your school nurse for further information.
If you do not have insurance that covers the physical or dental exam, please contact your school nurse, who may be able to assist you.