Entry Requirements and Immunizations


IMMUNIZATION 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. The current state requirements can be found here: Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements 2018-2019 

Grade 7-12 Entry Requirements:

  • Tdap: 1 dose and a history of DTaP primary series or age-appropriate catch-up vaccination.
  • Polio: 4 doses; 4th dose must be given on or after the 4th birthday and ≥ 6 months after the previous dose, or a 5th dose is required. 3 doses are acceptable if the 3rd dose is given on or after the 4th birthday and ≥ 6 months after the previous dose.
  • Hepatitis B: 3 doses; laboratory evidence of immunity acceptable
  • MMR: 2 doses; first dose must be given on or after the 1st birthday and the 2nd dose must be given ≥ 28 days after previous dose; laboratory evidence of immunity accepted.
  • Varicella: 2 doses; first dose must be given on or after the 1st birthday and the 2nd dose must be given ≥ 28 days after previous dose; a physician documented case of chickenpox or laboratory evidence of immunity acceptable



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.

See Physical Exams for more information.