It is unlawful for any student to attend school unless the student has been immunized according to Missouri Immunization Law (MO State Law 19 CSR 20-28.010; sections 167.181 and 210.003) or unless a signed statement of medical or religious exemption is on file at the school.
The parent or guardian of each student must furnish the school satisfactory evidence of immunization in the form of a statement, certificate, or record from a physician or his or her designee, other recognized health facility, immunization registry, school record or child care record stating that the required immunizations have been given to the person and verifying the type of vaccine. The month, day and year of vaccine administration must be included on the statement, certificate or record. A completed and signed medical or religious exemption card will also be accepted per state law. The nurse should be informed of immunizations a student receives after enrollment in order to maintain current and accurate information on the student's health record.
STUDENTS WHO WERE ENROLLED DURING A PREVIOUS SCHOOL YEAR SHALL BE DENIED ATTENDANCE FOR THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR IF NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH MISSOURI IMMUNIZATION LAW.
- If parent objects to immunization requirements for religious reasons, a completed original signed Religious Exempt card must be provided to the school nurse and is kept in the cumulative record. Religious Exempt cards are available at the County Health Department. They are good for a lifetime.
- A Medical Exemption card must be signed by a physician. There must be a medical reason for not receiving immunizations. The original card is kept on file in the cumulative record of student and they are good for a lifetime.
- All required immunizations should be obtained through your family physician, your local pharmacy, local health department, or Community Health Center.