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State law requires vaccinations

Get your vaccinationsKansas 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.usd308.com/sites/default/files/ParentResources/HeathForms/2017-18_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:

  • Certified copy of their birth certificate, a certified copy of the court order placing the child in the custody of the Secretary of the Department for Children and Families, Social Security identification card, baptismal certificate or other documentation approved by the superintendent.
  • A physical completed by the child’s physician.
  • Record of current vaccinations or documentation of one of the exemptions listed below.

            First-time enrollees to the district ages 9 and older must present:

  • Certified copy of their birth certificate, a certified copy of the court order placing the child in the custody of the Secretary of the Department for Children and Families, Social Security identification card, baptismal certificate or other documentation approved by the Superintendent.
  • Record of current vaccinations or documentation of one of the exemptions listed below.

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:

  1. An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that the tests or inoculations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child, or
  2. a written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such tests or inoculations.

Vaccinations are available from a family physician, Prairie Star Health Center, The Little Clinic inside Dillons on East 30th, Reno County Health Department or local pharmacies. Prior to enrollment, the immunization record may be brought into the Curriculum Office, 1520 North Plum, Room 101. Walk-in enrollment is July 31 for kindergarten through eighth grade and Aug. 8 at Hutchinson High School.

After enrollment day, please take records to the individual school’s health office.

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. 16. Additional calls will be made as the first day of school nears.