Morgan County Schools
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5320 - IMMUNIZATION

In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases and in recognition that prevention is a means of combating the spread of disease, the Board of Education requires all children entering school in this District to show proof of immunization against chickenpox, Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, diphtheria, polio, rubella, tetanus, and whooping cough or produces a certificate from the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health granting the child or person an exemption from the compulsory immunization requirements of WV Code 16-3-4. A medical exemption request must be made by a licensed physician and state that the physical condition of the child is such that immunization is contraindicated or there exists a specific precaution to a particular vaccine. For preschool children entering a school housing other children in grades kindergarten through 12, Hepatitis A, Hib, and PCV immunizations are required along with the above immunization requirements hold to the extent that they are age appropriate in accordance with the immunization schedules found at www.cdc.gov by searching under "Immunization Schedules".

A student who does not have a completed certificate of immunization or other similar medical record of immunizations shall show proof that s/he has received at least one (1) dose of each of the required vaccines in order to be provisionally enrolled in school.

Provisional enrollment may continue from school entry to a time period established by the WVDHHR, W.V. 64 CRS 95. All provisionally enrolled students shall show proof to the school that they have completed all of the required immunizations.

Proof of prior measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis or Hepatitis B disease being used in lieu of vaccination requires a document signed by a physician indicating, at a minimum, the name of the patient, the date of the illness and any obtained laboratory evidence of the diagnosis. If the historical disease diagnosis is in question, current laboratory evidence of immunity may be required.

The verbal or written statement of the parent or legal guardian of a child shall suffice to prove that a child has had chickenpox and is considered to be proof of immunity.

Children who are delinquent for any required vaccinations or who have exceeded the provisional enrollment period, will be considered to be out of compliance with the law and may be required to stop receiving educational services at the school until the appropriate vaccine(s) are received and the records are amended.

All children entering grades 7 and 12 must show proof of the immunization booster against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and immunization against meningococcal disease upon entry or produce a certificate from the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health granting the child or person an exemption from the compulsory immunization requirements of WV Code 16-3-4. There shall be no provisional enrollment permitted.

A student who is newly entering the school system at age thirteen (13), fourteen (14) or fifteen (15), and who has not been previously vaccinated with MCV4 must receive the MCV4 vaccination and must also show proof of a booster shot on or after age sixteen (16) and prior to entry into the 12th grade.

A student who is newly entering the school system at age sixteen (16) or older and who has not been previously vaccinated with MCV4 must receive a MCV4 vaccination and will not be required to show proof of a booster prior to entry into the 12th grade.

Any school personnel having information concerning any person who attempts to enter school for the first time without having been immunized shall report the names of all such persons to the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health.

The attendance director shall assist in obtaining immunizations or records of immunizations for those students that do not have them and assure that students are enrolled while the records are being obtained. Immunization records are accessible through the West Virginia Statewide Immunization Information System (WVSIIS).

The following vaccines are recommended for children attending public schools, at the appropriate age: influenza, meningococcal, Tdap, human papillomavirus, other vaccines recommended for various high risk populations in the school setting may be found on the immunization schedule at www.cdc.gov by searching under "Immunization Schedules".

West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2423
West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2525
WV Code 16-3-4 and 5
64 CSR 95

Revised 8/7/12
Revised 4/4/17

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