File:  JLCB

Immunization of Students

The Board directs the superintendent or designee(s) to annually provide parents/guardians of each student enrolled in the district a copy of the standardized immunization document developed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The standardized immunization document includes a list of required and recommended immunizations and the age at which each immunization should be given.

No student is permitted to attend or continue to attend any school in this district without meeting the legal requirements of immunization against disease unless the student has a valid exemption for health, religious, personal or other reasons as provided by law, including homeless status pursuant to federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.

Students who do not submit an up-to-date certificate of immunization or a written authorization signed by one parent/guardian requesting local health officials to administer the immunizations or a valid exemption will be suspended and/or expelled from school according to this policy's accompanying regulation JLCB-R.

All information distributed to parents/guardians by the district will inform them of their rights to seek an exemption from immunization requirements.

LEGAL REFS.:  C.R.S. 22-32-140 (annual distribution of standardized immunization document required)

C.R.S. 22-33-106 (grounds for suspension, expulsion and denial of admission)

C.R.S. 25-4-901 et seq. (school entry immunizations)

6 CCR 1009-2 (school immunization requirements)

CROSS REFS.:  JF, Admission and Denial of Admission

JF-R, Student Admission and Denial of Admission (Procedures for Students in Out-of-Home Placements)

JKD/JKE, Suspension/Expulsion of Students

JRA/JRC, Student Records/Release of Information on Students

JFABD-R, Homeless Student Procedures (immediate enrollment requirement in absence of required immunization records pursuant to McKinney-Vento, and subsequent district assistance obligations regarding immunizations).

NOTE 1:  In accordance with state law, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has developed and provided to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) a standardized immunization document regarding childhood immunizations. CDE shall post an updated standardized immunization document on its website on or before January 15th annually. C.R.S. 25-4-902.

NOTE 2:  Districts may determine the method of distribution for the standardized immunization document.  Solely posting the document on the school district's website or in a central area of the school is not sufficient to satisfy the notice requirement, however, each school district is encouraged to post a copy of the document on its website. C.R.S. 22-32-140.

NOTE 3:  State law requires schools to make the immunization and exemption rates of their enrolled student population "publicly available upon request." C.R.S. 25-4-903(5). The CDPHE has created a worksheet to assist schools in determining their immunization and exemption rates. To access this worksheet and related information, visit the CDPHE's website, https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe.

Adopted: 1/24/12

Revised: 3/24/15