[CCGP Info] FW: McKinney-Vento Homeless Students and Immunizations

Todd, Holly Holly.Todd at schools.utah.gov
Tue Nov 14 11:30:29 MST 2017

Although school counselors are not responsible for the enrollment of students, this is information that may be helpful for school counselors as they advocate for equitable access to educational programs.  Should you have additional questions, please contact Jeff Ojeda at the Utah State Board of Education.

From: Ojeda, Jeffrey
Subject: McKinney-Vento Homeless Students and Immunizations

I understand there have been some questions regarding the enrollment of homeless students and their lack of immunization records.

The following comes from a document created and published in September 2016 by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.  The document is titled, The Most Frequently Asked Questions On the Education Rights of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations.  On page 23 (questions 55) the following is stated:

The McKinney-Vento Act requires immediate enrollment, even if students are unable to produce immunization or other required health records, recognizing that families and youth who are homeless are frequently unable to obtain and keep copies of records. 42 U.S.C. §11432(g)(3)(C). The vast majority of homeless students have been enrolled in school before and have had required immunizations. These records should be a part of their school records. Since the enrolling school is required to contact the previous school for records, the information should be available quickly. 42 U.S.C. §§11432(g)(3)(C), (D). The enrolling school and the McKinney-Vento liaison should work together to get immunization records as soon as possible. If a student has not had immunizations, initial doses should be administered as soon as possible, unless the student has a philosophical, religious, or medical exemption. It is accepted practice in most states and in the public health community that some children will not be immunized for these reasons. It is recognized among public health practitioners that the fact that most students are immunized prevents serious outbreaks from occurring. See Memorandum from U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, at http://www.naehcy.org/sites/default/files/dl/elders-memo.pdf. Should an outbreak of illness occur, the same procedures used to protect unimmunized children can be used to protect students whose immunization records have not yet been obtained.

Please let me inow if this is what you were looking for if there is something else that is needed.

Jeff Ojeda

Utah State Board of Education

Ed Specialist

(801) 538-7945

250 East 500 South

Salt Lake City, UT

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