Indiana law requires that all students meet the minimum immunization requirements in order to attend school. When a student enrolls in the School Town of Highland the parent and guardian must provide record of the students immunizations or a current religious or medical exemption on file with the school. The parents have a 20 day grace period to met the immunization requirements. If the school does not receive immunization records or if the student has not met state immunization requirements after the 20 day grace period, the student will be excluded from school until requirements are met.

Please be advised that starting the 2020-2021 school year, the School Town of Highland will no longer give the 20 day grace period and all immunization requirements need to be met prior to the student starting school.

Medical or Religious Exemptions

Medical Exemptions to immunizations must be signed by a physician and parent/guardian every school year. The medical exemption must contain that a particular immunization would be detrimental to the student’s health. If a parent refuses immunization for their student based on religious beliefs, a religious exemption form needs to fill out by the parent/guardian every school year. If there would be an outbreak of a disease that your child has not been vaccinated for, your child would be excluded from school for the duration of the outbreak.

New Immunizations

All grade levels for the 2020-2021 school year will require 2 Hepatitis A vaccinations. After your students receives any immunizations, please provide a copy of your updated shot record to the school nurse.

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
HPV is a virus that causes many infections. HPV infection is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STD). This infection is spread by skin-to-skin contact during sex with a person infected with HPV. It causes genital warts or infection of the cervix (the upper part of the vagina) which connects the uterus or womb. The best way to prevent getting HPV is to not have sex, because a person usually can't tell if he or she is infected. Infected people can give the virus to others during sexual contact without knowing it. Most females get HPV soon after becoming sexually active. Even though the HPV infection can go away on its own, it may last for months or years. There is no medication to treat HPV infection so it is very important to prevent infection or find its presence early. HPV infection can cause cervical changes that can lead to cancer of the cervix. It can also cause cancer of other genital organs. A Pap test, which examines the cells of the cervix, can find the presence of these cervical changes due to HPV infection. If the Pap test shows abnormal cells, a health care provider will do more tests and/or provide treatment as needed.

MENINGITIS Meningococcal disease is a dangerous disease that can strike children and youth. The disease can progress rapidly and within hours of the first symptoms, may result in death or permanent disability including loss of hearing, brain damage, and limb amputations.
Current information about the need for the meningococcal vaccine may be view from the Center for Disease Control. Parent Letter Get the Facts.