Under the amended Code of Virginia, Section 22-220.1 no child will be admitted for the first time to any public kindergarten or elementary school unless certification of a comprehensive physical examination is furnished. A physical must have been performed no earlier than twelve (12) months prior to the date the pupil first enters a kindergarten or public school. As part of the physical, certification must also be given that the child has been successfully immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT), polio (OPV), measles, (rubeola and rubella), chicken pox (varicella), and mumps. Those families who do not have a family physician and wish to have an appointment with the Health Department Clinic should contact the school nurse.
Parents should inform the school officials of any medical or physical disability that might hinder the child’s progress in school or pose a threat to the child’s safety. As an added precaution, each successive year, the parent should inform the child’s teacher of this condition and of any procedure that should be followed should a problem arise.
In the interest of the child and public safety, the school nurse or official will contact the parents and send a child home when illness or injury has been determined.