Required Documentation :
In accordance with State Immunization Law, Frenchtown Public Schools require all children to be fully immunized prior to entering school. On or before the first day of school, parents must present to school officials:
- signed (or stamped and dated) documentation from a health care provider indicating that the child has been immunized OR
- a State of Montana Certificate of Immunization (blue form) which has been signed by a physician, health officer or designee, and indicates the month, date and year that the child has received the required immunizations.
Parents may choose to file an affidavit of exemption from Montana's immunization law because their religious teachings oppose immunization. An affidavit of exemption form can be obtained in any of the school offices. A new affidavit for your child must be signed, sworn to, and notarized yearly.
Please note: If your child has a medical or religious exemption, for their safety and to reduce the spread of illness, they will be excluded from school as directed by local health officers if they have been or may be exposed to the diseases specified by state immunization school requirements.
Children should be immunized against the following communicable diseases.FOR SCHOOL ENTRY, the minimum requirements are:
ADDITIONAL DOSE REQUIREMENTS
Hib (Haemophilus influenzae - type b)
For Preschool Entry
At least one dose
For School Entry:
For kindergarten entry,at least one dose must be given after the 4th birthday.
3 doses, and
DTP/DT/DTaP/Td - diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough)
For School Entry:
For kindergarten entry, one dose must be given after the 4th birthday
4 doses, and
MMR - measles, mumps, rubella
For School Entry:
A pupil entering any grade from 1 to 12 who has not already received the 2 required doses at kindergarten age must receive the second dose.
1 dose on or after the first birthday
2nd dose prior to entry
All students entering grade 7 will be required to have a tetanus booster within five years of entering grade 7. All 8-12 grades must meet this requirement.
- Haemophilus influenzae (Hib):One dose of Hib vaccine must be administered on or after the first birthday unless the prospective student is older than 59 months.
- Polio: The primary series of polio vaccine (OPV or IPV), consists of three doses given at least four weeks (28 days) apart. The same dose requirements apply to both OPV and IPV, or if a combination of both are used.
- Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT):a student seven (7) years of age or older needs at least three (3) doses of DTP vaccine given as any combination of DTP, DTaP, DT, or Td. Pertussis vaccine is not given to pupils who are seven (7) years of age or older. Children younger than six (6), who have received DT but not Pertussis, need the appropriate exemption form completed for Pertussis.
- Measles, Mumps or Rubella:Date given must be on or after the first birthday. A second dose is required for school entry into grades K-12.
- Tetanus: Beginning in the 2006-2007 school year, a student will be required to have a Tetanus booster prior to entry into Grade 7. All 8-12 grades must meet this requirement.
A child may be exempted from this immunization requirement by:
- Certification of a licensed physician that the child's physical condition is such that immunization would seriously endanger her/her life or health,OR
A written statement signed by a parent or guardian and notarized that his or her religious teachings are opposed to immunization. Only official records signed by a physician, nurse or health department official will be accepted. Students will be excluded from school until all immunizations are current.A new affidavit for your child must be signed, sworn to, and notarized yearly.
For more information, contact Marcia Howard or Kathy Weishaar, Frenchtown School District School Nurses, at 626-2620.