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Health Requirements for Students

 
Kindergarten:
Massachusetts State Law mandates that all kindergarten students be compliant with their immunizations prior to starting school. Students must have the following immunizations: DTaP 5 doses, Polio 4 doses, Hepatitis B 3 doses, HIB 4 doses, MMR 2 doses, Varicella 2 doses or a physician certifed history of having the chicken pox, and Lead Screening. Starting in 2008 all students must have a preschool vision screening by their physican. Students also need to supply the School Nurse with a copy of the 5 year old physical examination.

Immunizations:
Schools are prohibited from admitting a student without documentation from a physician demonstrating that the child has been successfully immunized. The only exceptions are documentation of medical contraindications, religious beliefs, or homelessness.

Physical Examinations:
A copy of a current physical exam must be on file at school. Recent physical exams are required:
  • Entry into Barnstable Public Schools (any level)
  • Grades K, 3, 7 and 10.
  • Annually prior to participation in sports grades 7-12.


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