RSU 13 requires immunization records for students by Jan. 11

Dec 26, 2012

Rockland — Regional School Unit 13 will be notifying parents of children who have not been immunized, or who have sought written exemption from immunizations, that schools must receive this information by Jan. 11, 2013.

Schools will not permit a student to attend class after that date if there is no record of up-to-date immunizations or written exemption as required by law.

With the recent information about dramatic increases in whooping cough in Maine and measles nationwide, the district intends to protect the student body from preventable contagious diseases.

Since the fall, school nurses and staff have been contacting parents of students for whom there are no such records or written exemptions.

The 90 day period of assurance noted in the law is over and the district will now enforce the provisions of the law that require us to forbid continuing enrollment of these students. The Maine statute is as follows:

§ 6355. Enrollment in school

A superintendent may not permit any child to be enrolled in or to attend school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease, except as follows.

1.WRITTEN ASSURANCE. The parent provides a written assurance the child will be immunized within 90 days by private effort or provides, where applicable, a written consent to the child's immunization by a health officer, physician, nurse or other authorized person in public or private employ.

2.MEDICAL EXEMPTION. The parent or the child provides a physician's written statement that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.

3.PHILOSOPHICAL OR RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION. The parent states in writing a sincere religious belief that is contrary to the immunization requirement of this subchapter or an opposition to the immunization for philosophical reasons.

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