Education Celebrations: Check your children's immunization records before registration
By Diane Boyett
April 13, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2014 at 11:13 p.m.
Preregistration efforts are continuing in Victoria school districts as we gear up for the 2014-15 school year.
Any parents of students currently enrolled have hopefully completed the documents to register for the coming school year.
Parents of students who will be coming to VISD for the first time next year are strongly encouraged to contact their neighborhood school for information.
We are asking all parents to add checking your child's immunizations records to the back-to-school to-do list. Victoria ISD is following state rules by not allowing students to attend school if they are not current on required immunizations.
Health services coordinator Murphey Stuart, who is a registered nurse, encourages parents to use the next several months to consult their family health care provider to make sure their children are where they should be in immunizations. In August, when schools conduct their registration days, school nurses will be on-hand to review the immunization records. Any parent who does not present proof of current immunizations will be required to provide those records prior to the child attending school.
"We are hoping that parents will take advantage of time over the next three months to get the required immunizations," she said. "Sometimes, it gets difficult in late summer to get appointments with doctors for immunizations. It is a busy time of year for family practices, so making those appointments now will be helpful."
She noted that information on the required immunizations is available on the Texas Department of State Health Services website and from school nurses and medical professionals.
The most common times to find immunizations are not up to date are when a child is entering kindergarten and again in the seventh grade. "Parents are typically very good in keeping up in the younger years, but there is a another set of immunizations required for students entering the seventh grade. That is the year that sometimes parents miss," she said.
Students entering the seventh grade need a meningitis immunization along with the second dose of the chicken pox immunization and a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) booster.
"Immunizations are required for the protection of children. No one wants to see a child suffer needlessly when there is an immunization available that could have prevented the illness," Stuart said. "As school nurses, we are here to protect children."
Parents who need information on where to get immunizations are invited to visit with their school nurse or contact the Victoria City County Health Department to learn about immunization resources in our community.
The first day of school for 2014-15 in Victoria ISD is Aug. 25.
Diane Boyett is the communications director for Victoria school district. Con tact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.