Immunizations

MN Law

Per Minnesota Immunization Law, to enter elementary or secondary schools (public or private) children need to have certain immunizations. Starting in September 2014 there are new immunization laws. The changes were made to be more closely aligned with the current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations, which most pediatricians and healthcare providers follow.

The SCPA Health Office needs documentation of these immunizations with the month, day, and year for each prior to the start of the school year, or if a transfer student, prior to attending the first day of class.  A completed Student Immunization Form or printout of immunizations from the clinic is acceptable.  Students are not allowed to attend school the first day if we do not have this documentation.

Exemptions

Medical and conscientious exemptions are still allowed.  Please use the Student Immunization Form for these exemptions.  Medical exemptions must be signed by the healthcare provider.  Conscientious exemptions must be signed by a parent/guardian AND notarized.  This documentation must also be on file in the Health Office prior to the first day of school attendance.

Chicken Pox

Starting in 2010, schools can no longer accept parent report of chickenpox disease.  A child’s healthcare provider must indicate the child had the disease and the date.

Health Service Question?

Please Contact:

Candace Westlund

Licensed School Nurse

Candace Westlund

Licensed School Nurse

Fall 2020 School Opening

Options

  • Distance Learning Model. This is how school operated from March 30 to May 31 with instruction being done while students remain at home.
  • Back to School as Normal. This would be bringing everyone back to school in full attendance.
  • A Hybrid Model. This is a model that is in between the two previously listed, where some students attend one day, others attend another, etc.

Please note:  Per MDE, given local pandemic circumstances, it is possible that schools could use all three models throughout the year.

Decision

  • The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will make the decision during the week of July 27.
  • All MN public schools will be required to adhere to this decision.

Masks

  • Current guidance from MDE is that masks will not be required, but their usage is strongly recommended.
  • We will let families make their choice based on this recommendation.

Please note: This guidance from MDE is subject to change.