In compliance with Massachusetts DPH regulations, any student entering school for the first time, whether at PK, K or through transfer from another school system, will be required to present a physician's certificate attesting to immunization against diphtheria, whooping cough, poliomyelitis, tetanus, measles, and such other communicable diseases as specified from time to time by the Department of Public Health.
The only exception (see Definition of Allowable Exemptions) to these requirements will be made on receipt of a written statement from a doctor that immunization would not be in the best interests of the child, or by the student's parent or guardian that vaccination or immunization is contrary to the religious beliefs of the student or parent. The law states that medical exemptions must be presented at the beginning of each school year. MDPH recommends also requesting religious exemptions on an annual basis, in writing, at the beginning of each school year. Please note that students who are not immunized (including those with medical and religious exemptions) may be subject to exclusion from school if there is exposure to certain communicable childhood diseases, as specified in 105 CMR 300.200.