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Director’s Note February 2015

Dear Families:

You may have heard that Michigan recently modified the administrative rules that change how medical waivers for immunization will be processed for all school and childcare programs in the state. The new rules went into effect on January 1, 2015.

From this date forward, parents will need to provide as part of their enrollment paperwork for all students, and re-enrollment paperwork for seventh grade students, one of the three following forms of documentation:

•  A completed, certified State of Michigan Nonmedical Immunization Waiver form (obtained through Washtenaw County Public Health)

•  A physician signed State of Michigan Medical Contraindication form (obtained through your child’s pediatrician) A complete immunization record (obtained through your child’s pediatrician)

•   A complete immunization record (obtained through your child’s pediatrician)

You may be aware that the High Point facility services many medically fragile individuals. For this reason, the Board of Directors of Washtenaw Intermediate School District has adopted the policy that all programs located within an ISD facility will exclude students who do not present one of the required types of immunization documentation.

Honey Creek Community School will begin excluding students for non-compliance with this policy effective September 1st, 2015.

If you plan to obtain a religious or philosophical waiver, please contact Washtenaw County Public Health:

Washtenaw County Public Health 555 Towner St, PO Box 0915 Ypsilanti, MI 48179-0915 (734) 544-6700

You may also find additional information at www.michigan.gov/immunize

Over the next several weeks, I will be contacting individual families if their student’s present immunization records are not in compliance with the new rules. At that time I will provide you with the specific vaccination requirements as outlined by State rules. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please feel free to contact me at (734) 994-2636, ext. 2210 or email me at awaters@hc.wash.k12/mi.us .

Stay healthy!

Al

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