Expect a few phone calls from us this summer. When you answer there will be the familiar recorded greeting “Good evening, Metro Schools families.” What comes after may determine whether or not your child can attend school next year.
When school starts Wed., August 1, 2012, any student entering the seventh grade must have an updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate showing a recent tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) booster and verification of immunity to varicella (chicken pox). Without it, students will not be allowed to attend school.
That’s why we’re urging everyone to take care of these requirements now, not later. Have your child vaccinated and give the updated certificate to your school before summer break starts. It’s easier for everyone and takes another item off your summer to-do list.
The Metro Public Health Department offers immunizations required for school each Monday through Friday at its three Health Centers. Health officials emphasize that children with insurance coverage should visit their own healthcare provider for these shots, along with an added benefit of getting an annual well child physical exam. Tell your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and church groups. Send it to your neighborhood list-serv. Announce it at your next PTA meeting. It’s important information for the entire community.
Go to your family doctor or one of the three Public Health Centers to make arrangements for your child to receive these immunizations. Then when the phone rings with our friendly reminder, you can go on with your evening. For full information about required immunizations and where you can get them, call your child’s healthcare provider or visit the Metro Public Health Department website: http://health.nashville.gov/Immunizations.htm
Congratulations to you and your student who is about to finish 6th grade! There is one last requirement before your student can begin 7th grade.
Students currently enrolled in a Tennessee school and entering the 7th grade in August 2012 must provide the school an updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate with proof of two additional immunizations:
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Parents, remember there are new immunization requirements required by the state. Click here to review the requirements.
For most students, a lack of updated vaccination records by Monday, Aug. 22 will mean they cannot return to school until they turn in updated records.
To help families meet these requirements, Metro Health Department is adding nurses and opening a special Fast Lane Immunization Clinic. Here is the information from the Health Department:
Fast Lane ClinicLentz Public Health Center Auditorium311 23rd Avenue NorthMonday, August 297:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Immunizations Available DailyLentz, East & Woodbine Health Centers8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.More from the Health Department