Coffee County Schools’ first day is 8-10 a.m. on Aug. 1 and first full day is Aug. 5. Manchester City Schools’ begin with an abbreviated day Aug. 1, and the first full day is Aug. 2.
With the big day coming up, don’t be caught unprepared for back to school.
A bad word in certain circles, immunizations are, nonetheless, required by the state for those who attend child care, pre-school and school.
According to the state Department of Health guidelines, children enrolling in daycare, pre-school or pre kindergarten must have been vaccinated for Hib, PCV, , IPV or OPV, DTaP or DT, hepatitis B and A, mumps, measles and rubella and a first dose of varicella.
Children entering Kindergarten must have had their final doses (if 4 years old) of OVP, hepatitis A and varicella.
Tennessee follows published Center for Disease Control guidelines.
Exemptions exist for medial and religious reasons. Those seeking medical exemption may be exempted under the direction of a physician or public health nurse authorized to indicate specific vaccines because of risk or harm. Other vaccines are still required.
Religious exemptions require a signed statement by the parent or guardian that vaccination conflicts with their religious tenets or practices.
Contact your child’s school for complete information about documenting his or her immunization records.
To enroll in Coffee County School, parents must provide:
Two proofs of legal birth name (Ex. Birth Certificate and Social Security)
Proof of Immunization on a Tennessee School Entry Immunization Form
Proof of Legal Custodial Guardian, if parents are divorced
Copy of a current physical, if the student is enrolling for the first time in a Tennessee school
Two documents that verify proof of residence in the school zone for a Coffee County School
Manchester City Schools require similar documentation:
A birth certificate or officially acceptable evidence of date of birth at time of registration
Evidence of a current (within a year) medical examination
Evidence of state-required immunizations (recorded on State Health Department form)
Proof of legal custody and legal residence
A social security number
The required physical examination should be conducted by a physician or other qualified health professional, according to MCS handbook, for any student transferring from another school outside the district or from another state.
“A complete medical examination is required annually prior to participation in the school athletic programs. A complete medical examination is also recommended as a prerequisite to participation in physical education.”
The cost of the physical examination are the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
Four medical examinations are recommended over the course of a child’s school years, just prior to entrance to school; during the intermediate grades and before leaving high school.