School Entry Requirements
State law requires that each student entering kindergarten or a new school district in grades 1-12 have a certificate of immunization at the time of registration or not later than the first day of school.
Before a child can be permitted to enter or attend school, parents or guardians must present documentation that their child has received all required doses of vaccines, or that their child has received at least one dose of each of the required vaccines and is waiting to receive subsequent doses at the appropriate time intervals (see #3 below).
There are three circumstances in which a required vaccine may be waived or delayed:
A valid medical contraindication exists to receiving a vaccine. The child’s physician must sign a medical waiver.
The parents or guardians hold religious or philosophical beliefs against receiving a vaccination. The parent or guardian must sign this waiver.
The child has received at least one dose of each immunizing agent; however, the next dose or doses are not yet due.
All waivers must be approved by the health department to be considered valid. If you choose to waive some or all vaccines, click here for more information:
- Risks and Responsibilities of Not Vaccinating Your Child
- Vaccine Safety Facts
- Vaccine Safety Resources
For more information on immunizations visit our immunization page.