Policy JLCB: Immunization Requests

  In accordance with Chapter 76, Section 15 of the Massachusetts StateLaws, the following immunization policy will be adhered to:

“No child shall be admitted to school except upon presentation of aphysician’s certificate that the child has been successfully immunizedagainst diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, and poliomyelitis andsuch other communicable diseases as may be specified from time to timeby the department of public health.

A child shall be admitted to school upon certification by a physicianthat he has personally examined such child and that in his opinion thephysical condition of the child is such that his health would beendangered by such vaccination or by any of such immunizations. Suchcertification shall be submitted at the beginning of each school year tothe physician in charge of the school health program. If the physicianin charge of the school health program does not agree with the opinionof the child’s physician, the matter shall be referred to the departmentof public health, whose decision will be final.

In the absence of an emergency or epidemic of disease declared by thedepartment of public health, no child whose parent or guardian states inwriting that vaccination or immunization conflicts with his sincerereligious beliefs shall be required to present said physician’scertificate in order to be admitted to school.”

LEGAL REF:

MGL 76:15

Region Voted to Approve: 10/22/96
Amherst Voted to Approve: 10/15/96
Pelham Voted to Approve:
Effective Date: 10/22/96