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Entry Requirements into School


IMMUNIZATION / LAB TEST REQUIREMENTS


School Immunization Law, Chapter 76, Section 15 of the General Laws of the State of Massachusetts requires that all immunizations must be up to date for children to attend school according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations.  Massachusetts General Law allows for the school district to exclude children from school whose immunizations are not up to date.

  • A certified record of immunizations from your child’s physician(s) is required for entry into school.

  • All immunization records must be provided in English and include full dates.

  • Immunizations are audited by the school nurses.  In the event of missing or incorrect information, your prompt attention in addressing the error/omission is imperative to assure compliance with state law.


Preschool Entry Requirements:

≥4 DTaP/DTP ≥3 Polio 3 Hepatitis B

1 MMR 4 doses Hib   1 Lead test TB Risk

1 dose Varicella or physician documented case of chickenpox


Kindergarten Entry Requirements:

5 DTaP/DTP 4 Polio 3 Hepatitis B

2 MMR

1 Lead test TB Risk

2  doses Varicella or physician documented case of chickenpox


Grade 1-6 Entry Requirements:

4 DTaP/DTP or 3 doses Td 3 Polio

3 Hepatitis B 2 MMR or 2 Measles/1 Mumps/1 Rubella*

1 dose Varicella or physician documented case of chickenpox*


Grade 7-12 Entry Requirements:

4 DTaP/DTP or 3 doses Td; plus 1 dose Tdap

3 Polio 3 Hepatitis B

2 MMR

2 doses Varicella or physician documented case of chickenpox

*(phase-in schedule)

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS


School Entrance:  A physical exam within 1 year is required.   


Updated Physical Exams:  One updated physical is required during middle school (Suggested in 6th grade as students entering grade 7 are required to receive a Tetanus booster) and one during high school (suggested in 10th grade).  The Emergency Health Card gives us updated information each year regarding your child’s health.


Athletic Examinations:  A documented physical examination is required for all students annually prior to participation in sports at the high school level.