The Texas State Department of Health requires that all children entering Texas elementary or secondary schools of higher education must have been immunized against communicable diseases: Diphtheria/Tetanus/Attenuated Pertussis (DTaP/TdaP), Poliomyelitis, Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Haemophilus Influenzae (HIB), Pneumococcus (PCV), Meningitis (MCV), Varicella, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B.
New 2016/2017 Requirements
Students in Kg – 12th grades are required to have two Varicella shots. However, if your child has had Chicken Pox, they do not need to complete this series. Please notify the school nurse and/or fill out the attached verification form and turn it in to the nurse.
Chicken Pox Verification Form
Students in grades Pk - 7th are required to have two Hep A vaccines.
7th Grade Immunization Requirements
Tetanus booster (Tdap/Td within the last 5 yrs)
1 Meningitis Vaccine (on or after 11th birthday)
*** College Students - As of January 1, 2014, all entering students at an institution of higher education are required to show proof of an initial meningococcal vaccination or a booster dose during the five-year period prior to enrolling [SB 62, 83rd (R) Texas Legislature. Please see the school nurse for more information. ***
Immunization Enrollment Policy
1. At time of registration, state law requires that a student present evidence of current immunization or of being in active pursuit of adequate immunization.
2. Evidence must be one or all of the following:
a. A validated shot record
b. Documented school records
Review of Immunization Status
The school nurse will review the immunization status of each student to ensure his/her compliance with Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization requirements. If it is determined that a student is delinquent, a 30 day notice will be sent home. If after the 30 days the student remains non-compliant with his/her immunizations, the student will be excluded from school, with the possibility of being withdrawn. Students whose absences exceed 3 days of suspension will be referred to the attendance specialist. (See also Compulsory Attendance)
To claim exemption for medical reasons, a statement signed by a physician duly registered and licensed to practice in the United States, is required. The statement must indicate that, in the physician's opinion, the required immunization(s) would be injurious to the health and well-being of the applicant or any member of his/her family or household. Unless a lifelong condition is specified, the exemption statement is only valid for one year from the date signed by the physician and must be renewed annually in order to remain in effect.
To claim exemption for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, a signed affidavit obtained from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be presented by the child's parent or legal guardian. This exemption does not apply in times of emergency or outbreak declared by the Commissioner of Health or local health authority. The affidavit is valid for two years from the date it was notarized. For more information, click on link below or fill out and print attached Request for Exemption form and proceed as instructed.
Online Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience
For more information regarding immunization requirements, please see the Parent-Student Handbook/Code of Conduct.