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Rising 6th Graders
The Alabama Department of Public Health requires all students who are eleven years old and
older, and who will be entering sixth through eleventh grade, to provide documentation of
having received a dose of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) vaccine. This
documentation must be on a current Certificate of Immunization (COI) and turned in to the
school front office before the first day of the new school year.
If your child’s physician determines your child is medically exempt from this vaccine
requirement, that exemption must be documented. Religious exemptions are also available
from the Public Health Officer at the Madison County Health Department, and must be
documented on the Religious Exemption certificate issued by that department.
The Tdap vaccine is available from your child’s private physician, the Madison County Health
Department, walk-in clinics, and some pharmacy locations. Information regarding this
requirement and the vaccine is available from the Alabama Department of Public Health @
http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/immunization/index.html, or your private physician. If you
have questions or would like a copy of the COI, please email the school nurse.
Thank you for your assistance in maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for all
Certificate of Immunization
All Parent/ Guardians,
The State of Alabama School Law, Code of Alabama, Section 16-30-4, requires ALL students to have a current Alabama Certificate Of Immunization (COI), an Alabama Certificate of Religious Exemption, or an Alabama Certificate of Medical Exemption for specific vaccine preventable.
Birthday School Food Policy
If you would like to bring a treat to each student in celebration of your child's birthday, you may bring each student in the class a treat bag with non-edible items (ex. pencils/pens, erasers, stickers, etc.) No candy or food product is allowed. This must be arranged with the child's classroom teacher prior to arrival.