Attention: Parents of Rising 7th Graders

On July 16, 2014

Dear Parents of Lexington One Rising Seventh-Graders:

All children who attend school in South Carolina are required to receive a series of immunizations before they can begin school, including vaccinations against whooping cough (which is the “P” in DTP, DTP-Hib or DTaP vaccines). As children get older, however, the protection against whooping cough provided by the vaccines begins to decrease.

For that reason, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control requires seventh-graders to get a Tdap vaccine, a booster vaccine that also contains a pertussis (whooping cough) component to boost immunity to whooping cough, before school starts. The booster not only protects your child from whooping cough but also protects your child from tetanus and diphtheria.

According to state law, your student cannot attend school without getting this Tdap booster vaccine. School begins Monday, August 18. Your child must have this vaccine and an updated Certificate of Immunization on file before your child can attend school.

As you remember, we tried to make it easier for parents to have their child vaccinated with Tdap by working with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to provide a Tdap clinic at our school for our sixth-grade students on Monday, May 19.

Since we did this, our district has decided that all seventh-grade students must provide the school nurse at their child’s school with proof (an updated Certificate of Immunization) that they have received the Tdap booster before they will be able to get their class assignment information at schedule pickup. (CSMS schedule pickup day is Tuesday, August 5, 2014.)