If you have a child entering Preschool or Kindergarten, we just want to remind you that they must have a comprehensive physical examination and have all required immunizations before they can start school.
We know that COVID-19 pandemic initially interrupted or limited services offered by local health departments and healthcare providers but parents need to make appointment for well –child physicals and immunizations. Planning ahead to complete these state requirements for school enrollment will ensure a smooth and safe start when schools reopen.
22.1-270. Preschool physical examinations.
No pupil shall be admitted for the first time to any public kindergarten or elementary school in a school division unless such pupil shall furnish, prior to admission, (i) a report from a qualified licensed physician, or a licensed nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant acting under the supervision of a licensed physician, of a comprehensive physical examination of a scope prescribed by the State Health Commissioner performed within the 12 months prior to the date such pupil first enters such public kindergarten or elementary school or (ii) records establishing that such pupil furnished such report upon prior admission to another school or school division and providing the information contained in such report.
22.1-271.2. Immunization requirements.
No student shall be admitted by a school unless at the time of admission the student or his parent submits documentary proof of immunization to the admitting official of the school or unless the student is exempted from immunization.
Other required immunizations for school admission include:
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) for girls entering sixth grade
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster for entry into seventh grade.
These requirements have NOT been waived and parents are encouraged to make appointments with their health care provider now to avoid the “back to school rush”.
Please provide written documentation of physical and immunizations to your child’s school as soon as possible or before the first day of school so it can be entered into their health record.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Mary Hall, BSN RN
Supervisor of Health Services
Pulaski County Public Schools