All immunizations for Pre-K, Kindergarten, first time enrollees in a Tennessee school, and previously or newly enrolled students who will be a 7th grader in this upcoming school year (2015-2016) must have all immunizations up to date before they will be allowed enrollment in Hickman County Schools.
The Tennessee Department of Health requires all 7th grade students to have one dose of a Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis Booster (Tdap) and 2 doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox)vaccine (if the student has never had Chicken Pox).
Parents of students receiving required immunizations must provide school officials with the “Official Immunization Certificate” showing their child has all appropriate immunizations up to date. Parents and Guardians may get the “Official Immunization Certificate”from a Health Department or Healthcare Provider licensed in Tennessee. Students will not be allowed to enroll (new enrollees) or stay at school and attend classes (students currently enrolled) until all immunization requirements are met. Students already enrolled who have absences related to the lack of required immunizations will be counted as an unexcused absence which may result in a truancy violation.
The National Vaccines for Children Program provides free vaccines through medial clinics to all children and teens younger than age 19 who have Tenn-Care, lack health insurance, or are American Indians. In addition, children whose private insurance doesn’t cover vaccines also can receive VFC Vaccines in community health centers and health departments. Ask your child’s Healthcare Provider if they participate in VFC. VFC providers charge a small administration fee to give the vaccines but that may be reduced, if necessary.
If you have questions, please contact Kara Hobbs at 729-5900.