recent amendment to Kentucky state law regarding required student immunizations
schedules will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year. However, to meet the
new requirements, most students likely will
need to receive the first new immunization before January 2018.
“Our district just received these new regulations, and we are trying to get a head-start in the process,” said Ballard Director of Pupil Personnel Bob Wilson. The district will offer a clinic on Dec. 11
to help with this effort (please see more below).
regulations are as follows:
-ALL students who
will enter grades K-12 in 2018 must have two
Hepatitis A shots in order to start school in August. Please understand that
Hepatitis A vaccine is a series of two
shots, and the injections must be given six months apart. It is important
that all children receive the first
shot by no later than Jan. 1, so the second shot may be given before school’s Aug. 15 start date.
-Students aged 16 years and older
also must show proof of receiving Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. If the
first dose of MenACWY vaccine was received at age 16 or older, then the second dose
is not required for school entry.
-Every child must
obtain a new immunization record showing he or she has received the age-appropriate
vaccines for school entry. For more information, please call the Ballard school
nurse at 270-665-8400, ext. 2021 or 2023, or ask to speak with Jayde (elementary)
or Jennifer (middle and high).
Ballard schools are offering a clinic day on Dec. 11 to provide the first Hepatitis A shot. Forms will be sent home with student the week of Nov. 30. For students to receive the immunization at school, parents/guardians are asked to please complete the provided form with the child’s complete insurance information.
If you have not received a form by Dec. 4, please call the nurses’ numbers above.
Parents of students not receiving the Hep A immunization at school on Dec. 11 should call their healthcare provider as soon as possible to set up an appointment for obtaining the first shot. “Remember, that both
Hep A shots are required, and they must be given six months apart, which means the students will need their first shot by Jan. 1 in order to get their
second shot before the beginning of the 2018-19 school year,” Wilson continued.
“It’s not just us,” he said. “Students across
the state who have not completed the
two-shot series will not be able to
enroll for the 2018 school year, as dictated by these new Kentucky Administrative Regulations (902 KAR
2:060). We’re trying to help make it as easy as we can, and we ask that you please help your child and the district by being proactive and meeting the new requirements as early as possible.”