203.  COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND IMMUNIZATION - Pg.

203.  IMMUNIZATIONS AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

1.        Authority

        24 P.S. 1303a

       28 PA Code

           23.81 et seq

2.  Definitions

      28 PA Code

           23.82

      28 PA Code

          23.82

In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases, the Board requires that established policy and administrative regulations be followed by students, parents/guardians and district staff.

Definitions

Certificate of Immunization – the official form furnished by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  The certificate is filled out by the parent/guardian or health care provider and signed by the health care provider, public health official or school nurse or a designee.  The certificate is given to the school as proof of full immunization.  The school maintains the certificate as the official school immunization record or stores the details of the record in a computer database.

Medical Certificate – the official form furnished by the Pennsylvania Department of Health setting out the immunization plan for a student who is not fully immunized, filled out and signed by a physician, certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant, or by a public health official when the immunization is provided by the Department of Health or a local health department, and given to a school as proof that the student is scheduled to complete the required immunizations.

3.        Guidelines

Immunization

      24 P.S. 1303a

      28 PA Code

           23.81 et seq

      22 PA Code

          11.20

All students shall be immunized against specific diseases in accordance with state law and regulations, unless specifically exempt for religious or medical reasons.

        28 PA Code 23.85

      24 P.S. 1303a

      22 PA Code

           11.20

      28 PA Code

           23.83

      28 PA Code

          23.84

        

      24 P.S. 1303a

      22 PA Code

           11.20

      28 PA Code

           23.85

      28 PA Code

           23.83

      28 PA Code

          23.84

      28 PA Code

           23.85

      Policy 251, 200

      28 PA Code

          23.85

      Policy 255

     

A certificate of immunization shall be maintained as part of the health record for each student, as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

A student shall be exempt from immunization requirements whose parent/guardian objects in writing to such immunization on religious grounds or whose physician certifies that the student's physical condition contraindicates immunization.

A student who has not been immunized in accordance with state regulations shall not be admitted to or permitted to attend district schools, unless exempted for medical or religious reasons or provisionally admitted by the Superintendent or designee after beginning a multiple dose vaccine series and submitting proof of immunization or a medical certificate on or before the fifth school day of attendance.

Homeless students who have not been immunized or are unable to provide immunization records due to being homeless shall be admitted in accordance with the provisions of applicable law and regulations.

Foster care students and students transferring into a school within the Commonwealth shall be admitted in accordance with law and regulations, and shall have thirty (30) days to provide proof of immunization, a medical certificate detailing the plan to complete a multiple dose vaccine series or to satisfy the requirements for an exemption.

        24 P.S. 1303a

Monitoring of immunization requirements shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent or designee and the school nurse.

      24 P.S. 1303a

      28 PA Code

          23.85

      28 PA Code

          23.83

      28 PA Code

         23.84

      Policy 200, 201

      28 PA Code

           23.82, 23.85

     

The Superintendent or designee shall:

Ensure that parents/guardians are informed prior to a student’s admission to school, or a grade requiring additional immunizations, of the requirements for immunization, the requisite proof of immunization, exemption available for religious or medical reasons, and means by which such exemptions may be claimed.

Designate school personnel to review student medical certificates in accordance with law and regulations to ensure compliance with full immunization requirements.

  1. Annually review state standards for immunization and direct the responsible district personnel accordingly.

        

      28 PA Code

           23.86

The Superintendent or designee shall report immunization data electronically to the Department of Health by December 31 of each year.  If the district is unable to complete the report electronically, the Superintendent or designee shall report the immunization data on the required form to the Department of Health by December 15. 

Communicable Diseases

        

        28 PA Code 27.71

           27.72

      Policy 204

The Board authorizes that students who have been diagnosed by a physician or are suspected of having a disease by the school nurse shall be excluded from school for the period indicated by regulations of the Department of Health for certain specified diseases and infectious conditions.

        28 PA Code 27.1,

           27.2, 27.23

The school nurse shall report the presence of suspected communicable diseases to the appropriate local health authority, as required by the Department of Health.

        

     

The Superintendent or designee shall direct that health guidelines and universal precautions designed to minimize the transmission of communicable diseases be implemented in district schools.

      22 PA Code 4.29

      Policy 105.1

     

      24 P.S. 1402

      Policy 209

     

      24 P.S. 1409

Instruction regarding prevention of communicable and life threatening diseases shall be provided by the schools in the educational program for all levels, in accordance with state regulations.

Parents/Guardians shall be informed of and be provided opportunities during school hours to review all curriculum materials used in instruction relative to communicable and life threatening diseases.

Health Records

A comprehensive health record shall be maintained for each student enrolled in the district.  The record shall include the results of required tests, measurements, screenings, regular and special examinations, and medical questionnaires.

All health records shall be confidential, and their contents shall be divulged only when necessary for the health of the student or to a physician at the written request of the parent/guardian.

Notes:  

  • A listing of the required immunizations can be found at 28 PA Code

Sec. 23.83

  • Revised immunization requirements take effect for the 2017-2018

 school year

References:

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 510.2, 1303a, 1402, 1409

State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 4.4, 4.29, 11.20

State Department of Health Regulations – 28 PA Code Sec. 23.81 et seq, 23.82, 23.83, 23.84, 23.85, 23.86, 27.1, 27.2, 27.23, 27.71, 27.72, 27.77

Board Policy –105.1, 105.2, 200, 201, 204, 209, 251, 255

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