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May 2, 2014

State warns of vaccine rules

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“We had a lot of students take part in that last year,” Metje said of the vaccinations.

In many districts, students who do not have their vaccination documents ready by registration still have time to meet the requirements. There is an Oct. 15 exclusion date, which is the deadline for meeting requirements so students can be enrolled for that school year, Metje said.

“If they don’t have it by then, their student will be excluded from school,” Metje said.

Mark Zahm, superintendent of Summersville Grade School, said he also does not foresee any challenges with the new guidelines.

The only issue for parents may be getting a doctor’s appointment in time for school registration, he said. Even so, with the exclusion date being in October, it gives them a little more time, he said.

“I don’t see it really affecting registration,” Zahm said.

Not all area schools, however, follow the exclusion date policy. For example, Rome Grade School requires all students to meet the vaccination guidelines before entering school.

Still, Rome Superintendent Dwain Baldridge said the new vaccination rules should not cause a problem for his district. School officials will be sending information to parents soon about the new guidelines, he said.

“We’re blessed with some very cooperative parents,” Baldridge said. “We’ll try to get the word out by the end of the year about the changes to make sure everybody knows.”

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