Students' Health Requirements



Preschool Requirements:


  1. DTaP minimum of 4
  2. IPV minimum of 3
  3. MMR minimum of 1 after 12 months of age
  4. Hepatitis A 2 doses-6 month interval between doses
  5. Hepatitis B 3 doses-last dose must be after 24 weeks of age
  6. Prevnar 4 doses-exceptions may apply
  7. Varicella minimum of 1 after 12 months of age
  8. Hib 4 doses-exceptions may apply

Immunization requirements Grade K – 12:

DTaP – Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis – 4 doses required, last dose must be after 4th birthday.

Polio – 3 doses required, last dose must be after 4th birthday.

MMR – Measles, Mumps, Rubella – 2 doses required, first dose must be after 1st birthday.

Varicella – Chickenpox – 2 doses required, first dose must be after 1st birthday, or date of history of disease given to the school nurse.

Hepatitis B – 3 doses required – Last dose must be after 6 months (24 weeks) of age.

Entry into 7th Grade requirements:

Your child will not be permitted to enter school as a 7th grader until these requirements are met:

TDaP – Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis booster – 1 dose any time after the age of 7.

MCV4 – Meningitis – one dose required.

Entry into 12th Grade requirements:

Your child will not be permitted to enter school as a 12th grader until these requirements are met:

TDaP – Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis booster – 1 dose any time after the age of 7. A second dose is not required as long as the child has had a dose since 7 years old.

MCV4 – Meningitis – Dose must be after the 16th birthday even if they’ve had a dose for 7th grade entry.


Physical and Oral Health Assessment: This requirement is for the 2017-2018 school year for all Preschool, Kindergarten, Second and Seventh Graders enrolled in all WV Schools.  All forms of proof are to be given to the school nurse at the beginning of the school year.

Required within 45 days of enrollment, use the WVDHHR Early and Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Health Screening Form (age appropriate)


Dental Exam:

Requested for enrollment using Hancock County Schools Oral Health Assessment Form

Fluoride Treatments: Offered weekly as an optional preventative service.

Vision Screenings: are done for Kindergarten, first, and third grade.

Pink eye/strep throat: Are contagious and requires antibiotic therapy for 24 hours prior to returning to school.

Fevers: May be contagious and child must be fever free for 24 hours at home before returning to school

Lice: Must use a lice shampoo and be free of live lice and nits for re-entry to school. Parent/guardian must drive child to school for nurse to re-examine the child’s head. If free of lice and nits the child may re-enter school. The child may not ride a bus until cleared for school entrance.

Food Allergies/Dietary Requirements: Parent should notify nurse of any food allergies or dietary requirements and use the form “Special Dietary Needs Medical Statement.”

Other Allergies: Parent should notify nurse and supply appropriate medications for school use.

Chronic Conditions: Parent should notify nurse of any medical conditions and needs.


5th grade “Growing Up” program for boys and girls:

Date of this program will be determined by the availability of the education materials. A permission form will be sent home for parent/guardian to sign so the child may attend the program and receive the educational materials and product samples.

5th grade CARDIAC project:

Usually presented in October of the school year, this program is a project of WVU Medical Center and offers free screening of all 5th grade students for their risk of cardiac disease.  Students will view a presentation of tests that will performed and a booklet explaining the program will be sent home to parents. Parents and students must sign a consent form to participate in this research project.

Blood pressure screenings for 8th and 11th grades:

The blood pressure screenings are done in September or October for all 8th graders and all 11th graders. Your child will receive a paper with their blood pressure reading documented on it to take home.


Medications in schools:

All medications, prescription or over-the-counter, require an order from the doctor and the medications sent in the original prescription bottle. Students may not carry any of their medications with them except as listed below. Students who bring medications to school without the proper orders/paperwork are subject to disciplinary action as described in the student agenda.

High school and Middle school students are permitted to carry emergency medicines with them (Epipens, Inhalers, Migraine medication, Glucagon and diabetic testing supplies) so long as the doctor’s order has been received and the parent/guardian signs the Self-Administration form which can be obtained through the school. The school nurse will assess the student’s ability to carry and self-administer their medication.

Students at the high school and middle school levels are permitted to bring cough drops to carry with them – no doctor’s order is required.

Vision, Hearing and Oral screenings:

Vision, Hearing and Oral screenings are performed on all students entering WV schools for the first time.

Healthcare Forms:

These forms are sent home in May at the middle school and high school, and are given to all new students when registering for school.  This completed form provides the school nurse with important information about student medical conditions, allergies, and medications taken at home and those medications that may be needed at school.