Lesson to parents: no shots, no school
Despite numerous announcements from school officials, nearly 100 students missed the first day of classes at South Tahoe Middle School Tuesday because they were not properly immunized, Superintendent Diane Scheerhorn said.
“I think there were about 90 students who could not enter school without (their shots),” she said.
Prior to being admitted for the new school year, sixth-graders must have booster and tetanus shots and seventh-graders must have a current hepatitis B immunization.
South Tahoe Middle School Principal Mike Greenfield said approximately 45 seventh-grade students did not get the hepatitis vaccine in time.
“It was about 45 seventh-graders and I think it was 31 by the end of the day,” Greenfield said. “Some went straight over to the health department and got their shots, then came back.”
Information about immunization requirements was included in recent school newsletters and the school nurse sent parents a special letter about vaccinations, Greenfield said. Scheerhorn also spoke about immunizations on KRLT’s “Talk of Tahoe” and information was published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
“It’s a transportation issue for some of them,” Greenfield said Tuesday of the students who did not get their shots. “Their parents can’t get them there and back but we expect most of them to be back tomorrow.”
Allyson Tabor, a nurse at the El Dorado County Public Health Department, said the department is open year-round to give immunizations so parents and students should plan ahead.
The Health Department is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Students in need of immunizations must make an appointment.
Low-income families may be eligible to receive free hepatitis B immunizations. Otherwise, the cost is $8 per shot for California residents.
The Health Department is giving immunizations on a walk-in basis Thursday from 8 to 11:30 a.m.
For information or to make an appointment, call (530) 573-3155.
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