Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) and the Charles County Department of Health successfully worked to ensure most CCPS students were able to meet the state’s immunization requirements by Monday’s deadline.
CCPS students had until today to get immunized or be excluded from school. As of this morning, 11 CCPS students had not provided proof of immunization. State law requires all students receive specific vaccinations by the 20th day of school or be excluded from school until they receive all required vaccinations. This year, the state required additional vaccinations for both kindergarten and seventh-grade students.
At the beginning of September, more than 700 CCPS students were missing proofs of vaccination. During the past month, CCPS and the Health Department provided additional opportunities for students to receive vaccinations including free clinics and transportation to clinics. Last week, schools and school system staff personally contacted families of students who were still missing updated shot records.
“I am so appreciative of the monumental efforts of our staff and the Health Department that resulted in only 11 students who are out of compliance today. When you talk about a commitment to keeping kids in school, our school nurses, pupil personnel workers and school staffs showed extraordinary dedication to helping students receive the required vaccinations,” Superintendent Kimberly Hill said.
The Maryland State Department of Education on Monday notified school districts that they could apply for a waiver to the 20-day temporary enrollment rule; however, only school systems with more than 250 students out of compliance were eligible for the waiver.
The Health Department is offering another free vaccination clinic this afternoon from 3-5 p.m.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.