Students entering school for the first time, whether at kindergarten or through transfer from another school system, will be required to present a physician's certificate attesting to immunization againstdiphtheria, whooping cough, poliomyelitis, tetanus,measles, and such other communicable diseases asmay be specified from time to time by the Department of Public Health. Immunization requirements for students entering pre-kindergarten include one less dose of DTaP/DTP for diphtheria, pertussis, and

tetanus and one fewer dose of the Polio vaccine than for students entering grades K-12. Additionally, 1-4 doses (the number of doses is determined by vaccine product and age the series begins) of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine is required for preschool entry.

The Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements for School Year 2014-2015 for both pre-school and school-age children can be found on this link. These immunization requirements, when updated, can be found on the website.

The only exception to these requirements will be made on receipt of a written statement from a doctor that immunization would not be in the best interests of the child, or by the student's parent or guardian stating that vaccination or immunization is contrary to the religious beliefs of the student or parent. Homeless children who do not have to have proper documentation of immunizations may be enrolled and permitted to attend school before submission of this documentation, however the homeless liaison must immediately assist in obtaining the documentation.

Established by law
SOURCE: MASC (adapted)
LEGAL REF.: M.G.L. 76:15
CROSS REF.: JF, School Admissions
ADOPTED: January 13, 2015