Vaccinations & Immunizations
New Influenza Vaccination Protocols beginning 2020-21 School Year
Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the influenza (flu) vaccine is required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for all students. The influenza vaccine is always important to reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. Proof of flu vaccination is due to your child’s school nurse by February 28, 2021.
Flu Vaccination FAQs
- If your child is sick, please do not send them to school. Call the school to report the illness and the School Nurse will follow up with you with further instructions.
- If your child is referred for COVID-19 testing by their Primary Care Provider, please ensure they undergo PCR testing only.
- If your child is tested for COVID-19, you must let your School Nurse know. Children may not physically return to school with a pending test. You must review your child's case with the School Nurse before they can be cleared to return to school.
- You must let your School Nurse know if your child has traveled outside of Massachusetts. We must comply with the state's Travel Order that pertains to both high risk states and international travel. If you go to a high risk state or abroad, upon return to MA, you will have to quarantine for 14 days OR produce a negative PCR COVID-19 test result (not a rapid/antigen test).
- If you believe your child may have been in direct contact with someone outside of school who has tested positive OR your child is identified as a close contact to someone who is positive for COVID-19, do not send your child to school. On November 18, 2020, Governor Baker and DPH updated the protocols for persons considered a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. As a result of this updated information, please check with your school’s nurse for further information.
- If your child usually takes the bus to and from school, and has been absent due to any COVID-19 reasons, they must be cleared by the school nurse before using transportation services.
Please speak with your family's health care provider to determine which vaccines and immunizations are due for your child. APS will follow all Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines.
Required 2020-21 Vaccinations and Immunizations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (printable version)
Massachusetts school immunization requirements are created under authority of 105 CMR 220.000 Immunization of Students Before Admission to School