It is the policy of the Dunklin R-5 School District that all students attending the district schools shall
be immunized in accordance with law.
The district will not allow a student to attend school until the district has satisfactory evidence on
file that the student has been immunized, that the immunization process has begun and satisfactory
progress is being accomplished or that the student is exempted from obtaining immunizations in
accordance with law.
A student is exempted from obtaining immunizations if the district has on file the completed forms
necessary to prove that the student will not be immunized for religious or medical reasons. An
exemption for medical reasons requires certification by a licensed doctor of medicine or doctor of
osteopathy that either the immunization would seriously endanger the child's health or life or that
the child has documentation of laboratory evidence of immunity to the disease. An exemption for
religious reasons requires written certification from one (1) parent or guardian that immunization of
the student violates his or her religious beliefs.
Homeless students who cannot provide proof of immunization will be immediately enrolled, and the
district's homeless coordinator will work with the students to obtain the necessary immunizations
as soon as possible. Students who are in the household of an active duty member of the military and
who cannot provide evidence of having received immunizations required under Missouri law shall
be immediately enrolled and given 30 days to obtain the required immunizations or, if the
immunization is a series, to begin the series.
The district will exclude from school all students who are not immunized or exempted as required
by law. When immunization is in progress, failure to meet the next scheduled appointment
constitutes noncompliance with the immunization law, and the student should be excluded from
The district must report to the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) the name of any
parent or guardian who neglects or refuses to permit a nonexempted student to be immunized. The
district will also report to the Children's Division (CD) of the Department of Social Services any
instance of educational or medical neglect.
The superintendent or designee shall institute procedures for the maintenance of health records,
which are to show the immunization status of every child enrolled or attending in the district, and
for the completion of all necessary reports in accordance with guidelines prepared by DHSS.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Revised: 02/17/1998; 07/19/2004; 05/15/2006; 04/19/2010
Cross Refs: IGBCA, Programs for Homeless Students
Legal Refs: §§ 160.2000, 167.181 - .191, RSMo.
19 C.S.R. 20-28.010
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. §§ 6301 - 7941
Dunklin R-5 School District, Herculaneum, Missouri
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