(mandated for attendance)
Children must have documentation of receiving all age-appropriate immunizations.
- For more information about vaccine-preventable diseases, you may read the Vaccine Information Statements from the CDC
- DSHS Immunization information
Please note that changes to the meningococcal vaccine requirement for students entering grades 7-12 will require students in these grades to show proof of one dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4 or MenACWY) on or after the student’s 11th birthday.
In addition, the requirement for Hepatitis A vaccine has been updated to include students through Grade 9.
Required Immunizations by Grade Level
For Early Childhood Schools
For Grades K through 12
For Career Education Courses
- Additional immunizations or tests may be required for enrollment in the Career Education Health Services Clinical Rotation. Please contact the Career Education department at (469)752-8180 for more information.
Exemptions from Immunizations
For medical reasons
- The law allows physicians to write a statement stating that the vaccine(s) required would be medically harmful or injurious to the health and well-being of the child. The written statement by the physician must be submitted to the school nurse. Unless it is written in the statement that a lifelong condition exists, the exemption statement is valid for only one year from the date signed by the physician.
For reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs
- The law allows parents/guardians to choose an exemption from immunization requirements for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. The completed and returned form from the Texas DSHS must be submitted to the school nurse in order for the student to be admitted. The school will accept only the original official affidavit forms developed and issued by the Texas DSHS. The affidavit will be valid for two years.
- Paper form for request: Instructions from Texas DSHS to obtain the affidavit
- Click on" Forms and Publications" on the left menu, then
- Scroll down to "Exemption Requests" and select Form #EF11-13140
- Complete and mail this form to the address indicated on the form.
- Online Request: for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience
- Please note: In the case of an outbreak, an un-immunized child may be prohibited from school attendance.
- Any form presented for conscientious objection to immunization must be presented before the student may start school and must be updated every two years by the anniversary date.
Because the student had the disease
- Parents of students who had the chicken pox disease (varicella) may submit a signed form to the campus nurse that indicates the date that the child had the disease. It may also be documented by the physician on the immunization record. The form is available here:Varicella Exemption by Disease English p. 1 / Spanish p. 2 (Form will download to your computer and not open in this window).
Immunity Documented by Lab Result (Immunity by Titer)
- Students who have had a lab test that shows they are immune to the following diseases may present a copy of the laboratory results in lieu of documentation of the vaccines:
- Varicella (chicken pox)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
Additional Recommended Immunizations
(best health practices for the safety & well-being of the child)
Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
- Currently, the HPV vaccine is not required for school or daycare attendance in Texas. It may be recommended by your physician.
- The PISD agrees with the CDC's recommendation that healthy children aged 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine.
- The PISD follows the Texas Immunization Requirements for meningococcal vaccine. It is currently required before entry to grade seven.
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