IMPORTANT UPDATE - Mandated Screenings
At this time, requirements for health screenings, pursuant to 105 CMR 200.400 and 105 CMR 200.500, remain suspended, per the Order of The Commissioner of Public Health Exempting School Committees or Boards of Health from Conducting Health Screenings issued on April 28, 2020. The Commissioner reserves the right to rescind this suspension of screening requirements during the 2020-2021 school year. Once the waiver is lifted, screening should resume as soon as possible. The Department will provide guidance for resuming screenings.
IMPORTANT UPDATE - NEW Influenza Requirement
Influenza Vaccine Requirement for School Attendance: PreK- Grade 12
Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, influenza vaccine is required for all students. Influenza vaccine is always important to receive to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) due to influenza, as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccine will be especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable populations from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system. Any age-appropriate licensed influenza vaccine for the current season fulfills the requirement. This includes injectable and nasal spray vaccine types.
Which students need to receive the influenza vaccine? All students in Pre k - Grade 12 are required to receive influenza vaccine for the current influenza season for school attendance. This includes students who are enrolled in the Remote Learning Academy.
When do students need to receive the influenza vaccine? Students must receive influenza vaccine for the current season by December 31, 2020 and proof of vaccine administration must be provided to the school nurse by December 22, 2020 or the student may be excluded from school on January 4, 2021. New students entering between January 1, 2021 and March 31,2021 must have received a dose of flu vaccine for the current flu season for entry into school.
Are there any exemptions to receiving the influenza vaccine? Medical and religious exemptions are allowable in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There is no vaccination exemption form. A medical exemption must be dated and signed by the student’s doctor, and include the reason why the student cannot medically receive the vaccine. A religious exemption must be dated and signed by the student’s parent/guardian, and states in writing that a specific vaccine conflicts with his/her sincerely held religious belief. All exemption documents must be renewed annually with the school nurse.
IMPORTANT UPDATE - Vaccine Exemption
There is no vaccination exemption form. A medical exemption comes from the student’s doctor and documents a contraindication — the reason why an individual cannot medically receive the vaccine. Religious exemptions come from the parent/guardian, and state in writing that a vaccine conflicts with his/her sincerely held religious belief. Please renew these exemptions annually and submit these documents to the school nurse. Emails will not be accepted as appropriate documentation.
IMPORTANT REMINDER - Student Physical
Students entering grades K, 4, 7 and 10 are required to provide an updated physical to their school nurse. click here for MA-DPH immunization requirements.
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