(Posted 7/16/20) We have two important notes about vaccinations for this year:
To help reduce the illness in our community this year, we are strongly encouraging every member of the Sheridan community to obtain a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control indicates that September and October are optimal months for receiving the flu shot and we hope you will book appointments with your medical providers or make other plans to receive them now. We will be providing an onsite flu clinic for faculty and staff at Sheridan in September.
Earlier this month, we received notification from the District of Columbia that any student with an incomplete vaccination record will be ineligible for in-person schooling after the first 20 school days, unless they have a certified medical or religious exemption. The following is an excerpt from the notice:
“According to DC Health, the rate of pediatric immunization administrations has dropped by 70 percent in the District as families have avoided or not had access to well child care during the emergency period. Due to this, many children in the District are not fully immunized, creating a high risk for an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable infectious disease such as measles among our students. DC Health has advised that such an outbreak of another infectious disease could be as much, or even more, of a public health risk for school communities than COVID-19 itself, and would add another complex obstacle for school operations this year.
District law requires schools to verify immunization certification for all students as part of attendance. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, all schools will be required to enforce this District immunization law by requiring immunization certification as part of school attendance, including notifying and potentially removing non-compliant students from in-person instruction after a 20-school day period until they obtain the necessary immunizations.”
More information about DC immunization requirements is available here.
Please make sure your child is up-to-date on all of their required vaccinations before school begins or confirm that we have the necessary medical or religious exemption documentation on file. If you have any questions, first reach out to your student’s pediatrician, and then contact School Nurse Annie Wilcoxen.