Kansas state law requires all students to be vaccinated prior to attending school each year or to provide annual documentation of one of two exemptions. Most of those vaccinations are required prior to kindergarten with another major update of vaccinations typically before entering seventh grade.
The complete list of vaccinations is available at http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/download/2016-17_School_Requirement_Memo.pdf.
USD 308 does not consider a student to be enrolled and will not be allowed to attend school in August until the student’s school receives documentation of the current vaccinations or a letter citing the exemption.
Since vaccination providers do not automatically share this information with the district, parents and guardians will have to provide it prior to the first day of school. Additionally, families who enroll online will still need to bring the paper documentation for vaccinations or exemptions to the district office or school.
First-time enrollees to the district under the age of 9 must present:
First-time enrollees to the district ages 9 and older must present:
Returning enrollees must present or have on file a current immunization record or documentation of one of the exemptions.
The two vaccination exemptions allowed under Kansas law (KSA 72-5209(b)) are:
To help make it easier, the Reno County Health Department and USD 308 will have a clinic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2 at Hutchinson Middle School – 7, 210 East A.
Vaccinations will be available for both pre-school/kindergarten and seventh graders. Families are asked to bring a copy of the student’s immunization records and insurance card.
Vaccinations also are available from a family physician, Prairie Star Health Center, Reno County Health Department or local pharmacies. Prior to the start of school, the immunization record may be brought into the Curriculum Office, 1520 North Plum, Room 101, prior to enrollment on Aug. 2.
The district will contact seventh graders whose records do not show proof of vaccinations with a periodic automated call until the start of school, which will be Aug. 17. Additional calls will be made as the first day of school nears.