Parent Teacher Magazine Rowan-Salisbury Schools September 2017 - Page 6

From our RSS School Nurses: Immunization Requirements: North Carolina law requires all children in the state to receive certain immunizations for entry into a North Carolina Public School. Kindergarten and 7th Grade both have immunization requirements specific for school attendance. Proof of vaccinations should be presented on or before the first day of school. Kindergarten - Students enrolling in Kindergarten for the first time must present proof of compliance with all required vaccinations on or before the first day of attendance. 7th Grade - Students entering 7th grade will be required to have one dose each of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and meningococcal vaccines if they have not previously received these vaccines. Proof of these should be submitted to the school. Talk with your child’s health care provider or the local health department about vaccines needed for school entry. This is a great chance to get your child to the doctor for a yearly health care visit. To learn more about these vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at vaccines or the North Carolina Immunization Branch website at www. Health Assessment Requirements: or (704)731-6500 Physical Exam and Immunization clinics Avoid the stress of not being able to get your child a Physical and/or the Required Vaccinations in a timely manner and being placed out of school by scheduling appointments now. Rowan County Health Department began scheduling physical exam appointments June 1, 2017 for children entering school for the first time in North Carolina. Required immunizations may be received during their physical exam. To schedule a physical exam appointment call 704-216-8782. NC state law requires that every child who enrolls in a NC public school for the first time (into any grade level) provide proof of a recent health assessment. The assessment must have occurred within the 12 months prior to entering school. A completed health assessment transmittal form is to be presented to the school of enrollment on or before the child's first day of attendance. Contact your child’s healthcare provider or the Rowan County Health Department to make an appointment. Students not in compliance with immunization and/or health assessment requirements must be excluded from school as required by NC state law, until proof of compliance is presented. For parents that are unable to schedule physical exam appointments now, appointments may be made for September as follows: Tuesday, September 12th – 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 23rd – 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 26th – 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. If your child has already been attending school in North Carolina and needs only immunizations, immunization appointments may be scheduled now also. To schedule an appointment for immunizations call 704-216-8786. For parents that are unable to schedule immunization appointments now, walk-in clinics for school immunizations will be held in September as follows: Monday, September 25th - 8:00 a.m. -12 noon and 1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 26th - 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 pm Wednesday, September 27th - 8:00 a.m.-12 noon and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 28th - 8:00 a.m.-12 noon and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Remember that walk-in clinics are first come, first serve and there may be a wait if large numbers needing immunizations arrive at the same time. 4 • Sept/Oct