Please be informed of current Alabama law regarding school immunizations:
- Law requires that students must present a current blue Alabama Certificate of Immunization prior to enrolling in school.
- Prior to entering school, students should have 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine and 1 dose of Varicella vaccine (unless the student has had documentation of Varicella disease) in addition to the other vaccines listed on the immunization schedule.
- Prior to entering 6th grade students must have a Tdap vaccine for tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).
Please refer to the law or consult with your child’s physician or local health department with any questions.
The Jessica Elkins Act (SB0075, Act #2014-274) requires local school systems to provide meningococcal disease and vaccine information to parents of sixth through twelfth-grade students. Download the ADPH Meningococcal Flyer for Schools.
Please promptly bring your child’s current original blue form to the school, if you have not done so.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Should you need assistance in this matter, please contact your school office.
There are several requirements that parents need to meet in the event that a child needs to take medication during the school day. Any use of required medications must be accompanied by written documentation from the parent/guardian and kept in accordance with the local school's medication plan. The parents/guardian or the emergency contact designee must bring the child's medication to school along with a Permission to Administer Medication form completed by the parent/guardian. This includes over-the-counter medications as well as prescription medications. If the medication is a prescription medication, it must be accompanied by a physician's signature.
Medications must be registered with the school nurse. Medications should be in the original container and be properly labeled with student's name, date of prescription, name of medication, dosage strength, time interval, method of administration and date of drug expiration, when appropriate.
Self-administration of medication may be permitted when it is necessary for the health and well-being of the student. Only asthma medication and epi-pens (for acute allergic reactions) are allowed for self-administration. A parent/guardian and physician authorization for self-administration, including the physician's instructions for self-administration, must be provided to the school.
See local handbook for administrative procedures for all types of medication. Policy and procedure violations will be considered a Class II or Class III offense. Any medication that is not picked up at the end of the school year will be destroyed by the school nurse.