Attention parents of fifth-grade students

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The Kentucky Department of Education requires all students entering the sixth-grade meet all state health requirements in order to enroll.

The following is a list of the requirements that your child must meet before he/she will be able to be enrolled into the Harlan County School System as a sixth-grade student.

A valid immunization certificate is required and will include: A Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster for students 11 years of age and older regardless of interval since the last dose of Tetanus; a second dose of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine; one dose of Meningococcal vaccine for students 11 years of age and older; an expiration date must be on the immunization form.

Any student that cannot take immunizations due to medical reasons must have a medical exemption certificate signed and dated by a physician.

Any student that cannot take immunizations due to religious issues must have a religious exemption certificate signed and dated by a physician.

Aphysical examination form must be on file that has been completed within one year prior to sixth-grade entry.

Any student that needs to receive routine daily medication and/or emergency medication such as an inhaler, epi-pen, glucagon or diastat during the school day must have a medication authorization form completed by the student’s physician signed by both the physician and the parents and dated after July 1, 2015. These forms are valid for the current school year only.

All health requirements must be met in order for your child to participate in any sports activity which includes football, basketball, cheerleading, etc. Your child will be able to participate as soon as all health requirements have been met and appropriate forms turned in. All sixth-grade students must give your child’s coach a copy of your child’s immunization form as well as school physical which will be different from the sports physical that is also required for anyone participating in sports in the Harlan County Schools.

Call and make your child an appointment today. They can get their physical and immunizations now to have them ready to begin their sixth-grade school year this fall. This will benefit you as well as the school. By getting this done early your child will not have to dread the vaccines all summer and we can have their information entered into the school system before the school year begins.

Please note that no one will be able to participate in any type of sports without the appropriate forms on file. This is a new requirement for the 2015/2016 school year and this will be enforced throughout the county.

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