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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Flu Vaccination Requirements for all APS students

Dear APS families, 

We would like to offer a reminder of best practices to remain safe and healthy as we enter the winter months. 

New Influenza Vaccination Protocols beginning 2020-21 School Year

Xổ số miền bắc thứ 3 tuần trướcBeginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the influenza (flu) vaccine is required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for all students. The influenza vaccine is always important to reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. Proof of flu vaccination is due to your child’s school nurse by December 31, 2020.

 Flu Vaccination FAQs 

What forms need to be submitted to show my child has their flu vaccination? 

  • A copy of a current physical form, showing that the student had received the vaccine this school year.
  •  A copy of the vaccine information form provided by a pharmacist verifying administration of the vaccine to the student.
  • Immunization report from a walk-in clinic, urgent care facility, primary care physician of flu clinic verifying proof of administration of flu vaccine.

*immunization must be dated August 2020 or after

How and to whom do I submit these forms? 

Xổ số miền bắc thứ 3 tuần trướcAll forms must go to your student’s building nurse. Forms may be sent via email, fax, dropped off by the student or mailed via USPS. 

Where can I get a flu shot for my child? 

Xổ số miền bắc thứ 3 tuần trướcPrimary Care physician’s office, walk-in clinic, urgent care facility, pharmacy, public health flu clinic when available. 

Which students need to receive the influenza vaccine?

Xổ số miền bắc thứ 3 tuần trướcAll Andover Public School students will be required to receive influenza vaccine for the current influenza season for school attendance unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

How do I obtain and submit an exemption for my child? 

Medical and religious exemptions are allowable in the state of Massachusetts. 

  • Parents/guardians must request a medical exemption from their medical care provider and submit to their school building nurse. 
  • Parents/guardians may submit a letter indicating a need for religious exemption to the school building nurse. This must be provided annually. 

When do students need to receive the influenza vaccine?

Students must receive influenza vaccine for the current season by December 31, 2020.

What type of influenza vaccine can students receive?

Any age-appropriate licensed influenza vaccine for the current season fulfills the requirement. This includes injectable and nasal spray vaccine types.

Will students without a documented dose of seasonal influenza vaccine be excluded from school on January 1st?

Xổ số miền bắc thứ 3 tuần trướcStudents may be excluded from school and school-based activities for failure to have the appropriate vaccination. Enforcement of school immunization requirements is determined at the district level.

Will influenza vaccines be required every year or just for the 2020-21 school year?

Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Influenza vaccine is now a required vaccine for school attendance and will be required as of December 31 for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 each school year.

If my child is in the Remote Academy, will he/she still need to meet the immunization requirements? 

The school immunization requirements, including the requirement for seasonal influenza vaccine, apply to all Massachusetts students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12, regardless of whether the district is providing instruction in-person, or using a hybrid or remote learning model.

Do the flu immunization requirements apply to students that are homeschooled?

Immunization requirements, including the flu immunization requirement, do not apply to home schooled students unless the student will ever need to access the school building for sports, after school activities or any other reason.

 

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:

  • If your child is sick, please do not send them to school. Call the school to report the illness and the School Nurse will follow up with you with further instructions. 
  • If your child is referred for COVID-19 testing by their Primary Care Provider, please ensure they undergo PCR testing only.  
  • If your child is tested for COVID-19, you must let your School Nurse know. Children may not physically return to school with a pending test. You must review your child's case with the School Nurse before they can be cleared to return to school.
  • You must let your School Nurse know if your child has traveled outside of Massachusetts. We must comply with the state's that pertains to both high risk states and international travel. If you go to a high risk state or abroad, upon return to MA, you will have to quarantine for 14 days OR produce a negative PCR COVID-19 test result (not a rapid/antigen test). 
  • If you believe your child may have been in direct contact with someone outside of school who has tested positive  OR your child is identified as a close contact to someone who is positive for COVID-19, do not send your child to school. On November 18, 2020, Governor Baker and DPH updated the protocols for persons considered a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. As a result of this updated information, please check with your school’s nurse for further information.
  • If your child usually takes the bus to and from school, and has been absent due to any COVID-19 reasons, they must be cleared by the school nurse before using transportation services.

Xổ số miền bắc thứ 3 tuần trướcWe appreciate your cooperation and wish you a healthy and safe Thanksgiving break.

Rita Casper, MBA RN NCSN

APS Director of Nursing

 

 

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