Wichita school district students who aren’t up to date on their required immunizations will be excluded from school beginning Thursday.
The deadline is about a month earlier than it has been in previous years, officials said.
Since enrollment, parents whose children aren’t up to date on shots should have gotten letters, phone calls, e-mails or notifications at parent-teacher conferences.
Beginning Thursday, students at Wichita schools will be pulled out of class and told they will not be allowed to return until their immunizations are up to date.
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For Kansas immunization requirements, contact your school nurse or health care provider, or visit www.usd259.org/Page/1984.
If parents received a notice but think their child has the required shots, they should contact the school nurse to be sure.
Kansas schools allow an unvaccinated child to attend school under two conditions:
▪ The child has an annual written statement from his or her physician saying that the child’s life or health would be endangered by undergoing the inoculation.
▪ Or, the parent or guardian has signed a written statement that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose teachings are opposed to inoculations.
During suspected disease outbreaks, any child claiming an exemption will be subject to automatic exclusion from school for up to 21 days.