Students lacking vaccinations to be barred starting Monday

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As of Monday this week, Rome school district students whose immunization records are not current will be barred from attending school, said district Superintendent Peter C. Blake.

“This is not the route we prefer to take as we all know it is not best for kids. Most times, appointments for vaccinations can be delayed by matters outside the control of a family,” Blake said Sunday in his blog that is posted on the school district’s website. But “we have been cited last year for not complying strictly with this health regulation and the fine for students attending school without documented vaccinations is significant.”

The deadline for students to obtain their required immunizations for the current 2018-19 school year has passed, Blake noted.

Blake added, “if you need more information about what your student needs (if anything), please speak to your school nurse or family physician.” A summary of the requirements is available at health.ny.gov/publications/2370.pdf online.

Blake last October had noted that a state Health Department audit regarding vaccination records did not agree with a prior district practice to permit school attendance if there was a doctor’s documentation that a student was scheduled to receive a vaccination. He had said at the time that students without current immunization records on file would not be permitted to attend school until proper vaccinations were administered. He also had cited potential state penalties of $2,000 per day for each student admitted to school without proper records.

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