New Student Requirements
Medically, a new student needs a complete immunization record and a comprehensive physical dated within the past 12 months of enrollment.
School Entrance Health Form
Documentation of a comprehensive physical examination is required before entry to prekindergarten and elementary school (Code of Virginia, § 22.1-270). The physical must be completed no earlier than one (1) calendar year before entry to public pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or elementary school. The physical exam must be performed by a licensed physician, a licensed nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant acting under the supervision of a license physician.
A School Entrance Physical and Immunization Form (MCH 213 G) may be obtained from any YCSD school, the Peninsula Health Department, any family practice medical office, military medical clinic, or the VDOE website.
Documentation indicating that the child has received the required immunizations must be provided. Please review the minimum required immunizations listed below or visit the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) School and Daycare Minimum Immunization Requirements for complete details.
- DPT - A minimum of four doses, with at least one dose on or after the child's fourth birthday.
- Polio - A minimum of four doses, with at least one dose on or after the child's fourth birthday.
- Measles (Rubeola) - Two doses of the Measles (Rubeola) vaccine for all students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12. The first dose must have been at age 12 months or older; the second dose no sooner than one month after the first dose.
- Rubella - A minimum of one dose of each administered at 12 months or older. This is usually given in combination with Measles (Rubeola) as the MMR vaccine.
- Mumps - Two doses of the Mumps vaccine before entering kindergarten. This is usually administered in combination with the Measles (Rubeola) as the MMR vaccine.
- Hepatitis A - (Effective July 1, 2021 required for all incoming kindergarten students) A minimum of two properly spaced doses. The first dose must be administered at age 12 months or older.
- Hepatitis B - A series of three vaccines for all students born on or after January 1, 1994. The third dose must not have been given before 24 weeks of age.
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) - A minimum of two doses before entering kindergarten (effective March 3, 2010) and for new enrolling first through eleventh grade students unless a history of chickenpox disease or lab tests are provided by a licensed qualified physician or licensed nurse practitioner. The first chickenpox dose must have been administered after 12 months of age.
A child whose immunizations are incomplete may be admitted conditionally, as specified in the Code of Virginia § 22.1-271.2.B, provided the parent or guardian has documentation at the time of enrollment indicating that the child has received at least one dose of the required immunizations and has a written schedule for completing the remaining doses within 90 calendar days of enrollment. If the parent has not provided the required documentation by the end of the 90th day, the student will be withdrawn. The 90-day grace period does not apply to the Tdap requirement because Tdap is a single dose vaccine, not a series.
Exemptions for physicals and immunizations:
- A medical exemption is a physician's written statement that immunizations would be detrimental to the child's health at that time and future immunization compliance is planned.
- A religious exemption is a parent signed and notarized document entitled Certificate of Religious Exemptions (CRE-1).