The DeKalb County School System is partnering with the local health department to help ensure next year's seventh graders have the required T-DAP immunizations before the start of the 2014-15 school year.
Up and coming seventh graders must have the T-DAP (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) booster and a second dose of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. That means these students will need a certificate showing that they have received these vaccines to go into 7th grade.
DeeAnna Reynolds, School Health Coordinator, said on-site clinics to administer the T-DAP immunizations have been scheduled at DeKalb Middle and DeKalb West School. "Coordinated School Health has partnered with the health department this year to do an on-site school immunization clinic. That's for our current sixth graders who will be seventh graders in the fall. It's for the T-DAP booster. That clinic will be May 7 at DeKalb West School and May 8 at DeKalb Middle School," said Reynolds.
"We'd like parents to know that there is information and a letter going home from the health department as well as from the school system and we're asking for that to be returned by Friday, May 2.," she said
"Students are not going to be allowed to return to school in the fall if all of their immunizations are not current. If there are other immunizations they are lacking, they will need to contact the health department or their regular physician," Reynolds continued.
"They (health department) will be at the pre-K registration on May 9 at Smithville Elementary and at the Kindergarten registration on May 16 at Smithville Elementary and DeKalb West School to offer assistance to parents and guardians who might have some questions about their children's immunizations," she said.