Classes might be starting out as virtual this year, but state law still requires students to have minimum immunization levels to attend school. Vaccine requirements vary depending on the age and grade of a student, and include DPT, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, hepatitis B, Hib, Prevnar, Tdap and meningococcal. To see a chart of required vaccines, click here.
Students can attend school without completed immunizations, but parents have to show proof of a doctor’s or clinic appointment within 20 calendar days from the first day of school, Aug. 31 — meaning the appointment must be on or before Sept. 19. Students can receive all required vaccines at their doctor’s office. If a child does not have a primary care doctor, other healthcare providers include:
- Charles County Department of Health, 301-609-6900, Ext. 6018,
- Baden Clinic, 301-888-3323, and
- Urgent Care Centers such as Patient First, CVS Minute Clinic, MedStar Prompt Care or Righttime Medical Care.
Students entering Grade 7 must have record of both a Tdap and meningococcal vaccine on file with the school system. School nurses from CCPS middle schools will notify families of students missing those vaccines to request records or inquire about a vaccine appointment.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 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 Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, 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.
CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).