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504.1 - Student Health and Immunization Certificates

Students desiring to participate in athletic activities will have a physical examination by a licensed physician and provide proof of such examination to the school district. A physical examination is recommended for students enrolling in kindergarten or first grade. A physical examination, and proof of such examination, may be recommended by district administration for students in other grades enrolling for the first time in the school district.

A copy of the physical examination form signed by the physician will be on file at the student’s attendance center. Each student will submit an up-to-date certificate of health upon the request of the superintendent [or designee]. Failure to provide this information may be grounds for disciplinary action.

Students enrolling for the first time in the school district will also submit a certificate of immunization against Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Rubeola, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, the meningococcal vaccine, and other immunizations required by law. The student may be admitted provisionally to the attendance center if the student has not yet completed the immunization process but is in the process of doing so. Failure to meet the immunization requirements after the provisional period will be grounds for suspension, expulsion, or denial of admission. Upon recommendation of the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Health & Human Services, students entering the school district for the first time may be required to pass a TB test prior to admission. The school district may conduct TB tests of current students.

Exemptions from the immunization requirement in this policy will be allowed only for medical or religious reasons recognized under the law. The student must provide a valid Iowa Department of Health & Human Services Certificate of Immunization Exemption to be exempt from this policy.

Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 4/11; 4/12; 7/13; 10/14; 11/17; 12/20; 10/23
Revised: 11/07; 4/18
Related Policy: 504.1-E
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 139A.8; 280.13; 281 IAC 33.5; 641 IAC 7
IASB Reference: 507.01