Immunizations for School-aged Children
As per the Code of Virginia and state legislation, the school division must comply with all requirements for immunizations as pertaining to school age children. There are specific regulations for DPT, Polio, MMR, Hepatitis B and Varicella. In July 2006, legislation was passed requiring a pertussis booster for students entering 6th grade. Lack of compliance with vaccine requirements can result in students being excluded from school until compliance, or a plan for compliance, is achieved.
Immunization Requirements for 6th and 7th grade
Tdap Vaccination Requirement for Rising 7th Grade Students
Dear Parents/Guardians of Rising 6th and 7th Grade Students:
This letter is to inform you that the state requirement for students to receive a Tdap vaccination prior to starting a new grade level has been changed from 6th grade to 7th grade. This change goes into effect for school year 2019-20. Effective July 1, 2019, all students are required to provide the school with valid documentation of having received the Tdap vaccine before entering 7th grade.
Parents of rising 6th graders – If your child has received a Tdap vaccination, documentation may be submitted to your child’s school at any time; however, it will not be required until your child enters 7th grade.
Parents of rising 7th graders - If your child’s immunization status met the Tdap requirement for 6th grade enrollment in 2018-19, the requirement has more than likely been satisfied for 7th grade, 2019-20.
- The school must have your child’s proof of Tdap immunization on file before the start of school on Monday, August 17, 2019. If this requirement is not met, your child will not be allowed to attend school.
- After the end of the current school year, please submit updates to your child’s immunization record to Metz Middle School. Metz’s summer office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.
- Updates must be received not later than the school’s close of business on Friday, August 2, 2019, in order for your child to receive a class schedule. A student’s class schedule will not be given out until the school receives and the school nurse reviews the student’s updated vaccination record.
The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). It is a booster to a vaccine series your child received as a baby and preschool-aged child. Tdap is usually administered to children when they are 11 years old, but some children may have received it earlier. If you have questions about your child’s vaccination status or a specific vaccine, please check with your health care provider. Your health provider may have additional health or immunization recommendations for your child.
Tdap and other vaccinations may be obtained through your child’s primary health care provider, Prince William County Health Division offices (by appointment - 703-792-6300), military clinics, or various stand-alone health care/urgent care centers. It is recommended that you make a provider’s appointment for your child as soon as possible and bring your child’s shot record with you to the appointment. The closer it gets to the start of a new school year, the harder it may be to get an appointment with a provider.
If you have any questions about vaccines, please contact your health care provider. If you have questions about the immunization requirements for school attendance or about the school’s record of your child’s vaccinations, please contact your school nurse.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this important health notice.
Suzanne Renegar, MSN, RN
Supervisor of Nursing