Health & Immunizations

Immunizations


CHANGES TO IMMUNIZATION IN 2015 - Download information sheets below or click HERE and HERE

For more information regarding HANs, go to the Department of Public Health and Human Services HAN website at www.han.mt.gov.

Montana DPHHS Health Alert Hotline:  1-800-701-5769 - OR Contact Ravalli County Public Health Director, LuAnn Burgmuller, RN at 375-6678.



New students will not be admitted to school unless a written immunization 
record provided by a physician or the health department is presented at the time of enrollment and immunizations are up to date. 

Students who require additional vaccine doses or who lack a written record are no longer allowed a grace period. All students new to the District or transfer students within the district must show that they have received all currently required immunizations in order to be enrolled. 

The immunization status of all students will be reviewed periodically. Those students who do not meet the state guidelines must be excluded from school until the requirements are met. Students who have been exposed to a communicable disease for which they have not been immunized must be excluded from school at the discretion of the health department. 

Polio
The primary series of polio vaccine (OPV or IPV), consists of three doses 
given at least 4 weeks (28 days) apart.  The same dose requirements apply to both OPV and IPV or if a combination of both are used. 
 
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP, DTaP)
Prior to school entry, children less than 7 years of age are required to have proof of having received at least four doses of any combination of DTP/DTaP or DT vaccines.  One dose must have been given on/after the fourth birthday.   Children that received DT vaccine must have a medical exemption for the pertussis (whooping cough) component of the vaccine.

Tdap/Td
Prior to entering grade 7, children must receive a dose of tetanus and 
diphtheria containing vaccine (Tdap is preferred to provide protection against 
whooping cough or pertussis).  The following criteria should be evaluated: 
    1) a 5 year interval must have passed since the previous dose of DTP/DTaP/DT or Td;
    2) the child must be 11 years of age or older;
    3) if dose  #3 of Td was given at 7 years of age or older, a booster dose prior to grade 7 is not required. 
 
Measles, mumps or rubella (MMR)
Date given must be on or after the first birthday. A second dose is required at school entry, and is required at 7th grade if the pupil did not receive a second dose prior to kindergarten or 1st grade in schools without kindergarten. 
 
Montana School Immunization Requirements (PDF)
Montana Conditional Attendance Form (PDF)
Affidavit of Exemption on Religious Grounds (PDF)

Medications

A student who needs to take medication during school hours must have a statement to this effect on file at the school, signed by the parent/guardian. The required forms are available at the high school office. The medicine must be in its original, properly labeled container. School personnel do not prescribe or give advice regarding medication or other care beyond first aid. 

Physical Examinations

Screening of vision and hearing will be done in accordance with State guidelines. 

Each student in grades 7 through 12 planning to participate in interscholastic athletic competition must pass a physical examination yearly by a licensed physician to comply with District policy. Athletes will receive instructions for meeting the requirement from the coach or Athletic Director. 

Student Accident Insurance 

An optional student accident insurance plan provided by an approved carrier is available for a small fee. Please visit the high school office to pick up the form. All students participating in athletics must carry insurance.

Miscellaneous

An excuse (less than 10 weeks) from a physical education class may be granted to a student who is unable to participate in a regular or modified curriculum for a temporary period of time due to illness or injury. A parent's written request for an excuse will be accepted for up to 2 days; thereafter, a written request is needed from the student's health care provider. Requests for exemption beyond 10 weeks are referred to the school principal. 

Current emergency information must be on file at the school so that parents/guardians can be notified promptly in case of accident or illness involving their child. 

Blood donation drives in cooperation with the Red Cross may be held at the high school campus. Efforts will be made to notify parents/guardians of planned blood donor drives. Written consent of the parent/guardian is required for participation by 17-year-old students. 
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