No student may be admitted to any school in the district unless the student has been fully immunized, or they meet guidelines for provisional enrollment. A student can be enrolled provisionally for no more than 30 days if he/she transfers from one Texas school to another or if they are a dependent of a person who is on active duty in the armed forces of the U.S., and he/she is awaiting the transfer of their immunization records. A student who is homeless as defined by the McKinney Act shall be provisionally enrolled for 30 days. A student may also be enrolled provisionally if the student has an immunization record that indicates the student has received at least one dose of each specified age-appropriate vaccine series on schedule and as rapidly as is medically feasible and provides acceptable evidence of vaccination to the school. The campus nurse shall review the immunization status of a provisionally enrolled student after 30 days to ensure continued compliance in completing the required doses of vaccinations. If, at the end of the 30-day period, a student has not received a subsequent dose of vaccine, the student is not in compliance and the school shall disenroll the student from school attendance until the required dose is received (see DSHS Provisional Enrollment rules for further details). During the school year, parents/guardians will be given a minimum of two weeks’ notice that a student needs an immunization; if no proof has been received by the nurse at the end of two weeks that the student has received an immunization, that student will be disenrolled from the district until proof has been received.
Vaccines received less than or equal to four days before the minimum interval or age required shall be valid; refer to the ‘Catch-up Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 4 Months Through 18 Years Who Start Late or Who Are More Than 1 Month Behind’ on the TDSHS website for more information.
Any student who received their four-year-old immunizations before August 1, 2004 are ‘grandfathered’ in under a previous rule allowing a four-year olds’ vaccine to be given in the current or previous calendar month of their 4th birthday.
An alternative two-dose Hepatitis B series may be given to children ages 11-15, with 4-6 months separating the two doses; the two-dose series should be designated on the immunization record present.
Serologic confirmation of immunity to any required immunization in the state of Texas is acceptable in lieu of vaccination.
Vaccines administered after 9/1/91 shall include the month, day and year each vaccine dose was administered.
Documentation of vaccine administered that include the signature or stamp of the physician or his/her designee or public health personnel is acceptable.
An official immunization records generated from a state or local health authority, such as a registry, is acceptable.
A record received from school official including a record from another state is acceptable.
Exclusions from compliance are allowable on an individual basis for medical contraindications, and for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. Children and students in these categories must submit evidence for exclusion from compliance as described below.
1) To claim an exclusion for medical reasons, the child or student must present a statement signed by the child’s physician (MD or DO), duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. who has examined the child. The statement must say that in the physician’s opinion the vaccine required is medically contraindicated or poses a significant risk to the health and well-being of the child or any member of the child’s household. Unless it is written in the statement that a lifelong condition exists, the exemption statement is valid for only one year from the date signed by the physician.
2) To claim an exclusion for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, a signed affidavit must be presented by the child’s parent or guardian, stating that the child’s parent or guardian declines vaccinations for reasons of conscience, including reasons for religious beliefs. The affidavit will be valid for a two-year period. This two-year period begins on the date the affidavit is actually received by the school district. The child, who has not received the required immunizations for reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs, may be excluded from school in times of emergency or epidemic declared by the commissioner of public health. This affidavit form may be obtained by submitting a written request to the Texas Department of State Health Services, including the full name of the child, and the child’s full date of birth. Instructions on how to obtain the affidavit online can be found at: www.ImmunizeTexas.com .
All students will be screened for risk for exposure to tuberculosis upon reenrollment each year, by filling out a questionnaire and the nurse reviewing it and making recommendations from it. Students identified as being at increased risk of acquiring tuberculosis will be required to have a TB skin test. If a TB skin test is needed, a student may attend class while waiting for the results as long as no symptoms of tuberculosis are exhibited. If the student has a history of a positive TB skin test, written proof of a negative chest x-ray or documentation of oral preventative therapy shall meet the district’s requirements.
The Children’s Wellness Center, located at 5301H Ross Road, is open during the summer and provides immunization services free of charge to uninsured students. Call (512) 386-3335 for an appointment. The Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services Department at (512) 972-5400 is a good resource for other immunization locations.