State education and health agencies issue reminder for immunizations as students prepare for new school year
SPRINGFIELD — As students are beginning to head back to school, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourage parents and guardians to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date.
Changes to school immunization requirements for the 2016-2017 school year include
- Students in grades kindergarten, two, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, and 11 must show proof of having received two doses of varicella. Students in all other grades must show proof of one dose of varicella. The two-dose rule formerly applied only to students entering grades kindergarten, six, seven, nine, and 10.
- Students entering grades six, seven, and 12 must show proof of immunization for meningococcal. This immunization formerly was required only of sixth- and 12th-graders.
These vaccination revisions are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
IDPH’s Immunization Quick Reference Guide provides additional details about the 2016-17 requirements.
“Immunizations are in place to protect students, families, and communities,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Our students need to stay healthy in order to be able to put their best foot forward each day and continue to grow both in the classroom and outside of it.”
This project kicked off last year thanks to the donation of wood from R.P. Lumber, paint and supplies from Bushert’s General Store, and craftsmanship from Mr. Reutter’s first hour shop class last year. Once the benches were constructed, students from last year’s 4th and 5th grade classes helped to paint the benches and prepare them to be put to good use.
Building good character in our students continues to be a priority at EPG. These benches are yet another way to promote friendships and compassion among students. Students needing someone to play with, but uncertain about how to go about joining an activity already in process, can sit on the bench. Other students, who see someone sitting on the bench, are encouraged to invite him/her to join them in their game. Our hope is that these benches will help increase compassion and caring among our students and foster new friendships.