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Tdap--Students can receive the Tdap booster when they turn age 11 but is required for entry into 7th grade.

HPV--The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that girls and boys 11-12 years old receive the HPV vaccine. Please refer to the following website for additional information: VA Department of Health School Requirements.

 

Kindergarten/New Student Enrollment--Per Virginia Code and PWCS Regulation 723-5 and Regulation 723-6, all Preschool, Kindergarten and new to the county students are required to submit a Virginia School Entrance Health (Physical) Form and immunization record completed by a licensed provider prior to the first day of school. School entrance physicals must be completed within one year of entry. Students are not allowed to start school without a physical and immunization record on file. This means that for the 2021-2022 school year, physicals must be completed between August 23, 2020 and August 23, 2021. Students who were previously enrolled in a PWCS preschool program, through Headstart or child find, are also required to submit an updated physical that falls within the dates above. This is in accordance with the Virginia Department of Education school entrance requirements and is a requirement for both in person and virtual schooling within the county.

**Effective July 1, 2021** A minimum of 2 doses of Hepatitis A vaccine are required for school entry. The first dose should be administered at age 12 months or older.

Commonwealth of Virginia Minimum Immunization Requirements

Religious Exemption Form

 

Emergency Cards--Parents and guardians please make sure the school has up-to-date contact information for all persons listed on the emergency card. This is crucial when trying to contact parents and/or emergency contacts regarding illness and/or injury at school.

 

Hearing and Vision Screening--Kindergarten and third grade students have their vision and hearing screened during the first months of the school year. You will be notified only if there is a problem with the results of either screening. School nurses may also check vision and hearing when requested by educators, parents, or students. If you have updated information about the vision or hearing of your student from your health care provider, please call the school nurse or send a copy of the report. Parents may also exclude students from a specific screening with a written notification to the school nurse. If your child wears glasses, please ensure they wear them.

 

Scoliosis Screening

Parents remember to have your child screened for scoliosis by your physician regularly.