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Medical Requirements for Enrollment at Landmark School

Physical Exam and Vaccination Information

Your child’s enrollment in Landmark’s programs, including sports, is contingent upon meeting the following requirements.

Physical Examination

A complete, up-to-date annual physical examination is required for your child to enter school. It should be reported on the form provided, or one provided by the examining physician, and include a record of all required immunizations. Without this examination, we cannot enroll your child.

PLEASE NOTE: Failure on the part of parents/guardians to meet these requirements will render us unable to register your child in our programs. This policy applies to all students, whether new or returning, and will be strictly enforced.

Immunization

In accordance with the School Immunization Law, Chapter 76, Section 15 of the General Laws of Massachusetts, you are asked to read the following. The Law specifically requires a completed IMMUNIZATION RECORD, unless the physician has determined that the child’s health would be endangered by these immunizations and has sent a written authorization to that effect.

*SECTION 15

“No child shall, except as hereinafter provided, be admitted to school except upon presentation of a physician’s certificate that the child has been successfully immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, and poliomyelitis and such other communicable diseases as may be specified from time to time by the Department of Public Health.”

“A child shall be admitted to school upon certification by a physician that he has personally examined such child and that in his opinion the physical condition of the child is such that his health would be endangered by such vaccination or by any of such immunizations.  Such certification shall be submitted at the beginning of each school year to the physician in charge of the school health program.  If the physician in charge of the school health program does not agree with the opinion of the child’s physician, the matter shall be referred to the Department of Public Health, whose decision will be final.”

“In the absence of an emergency or epidemic of disease declared by the Department of Public Health, no child whose parent or guardian states in writing the vaccination or immunization conflicts with his sincere religious beliefs shall be required to present said physician’s certificate in order to be admitted to school.”

Medical Changes and Continued Care

If your child returns to school with a new medication, has been hospitalized, or has been seen by a physician for any reason that requires continued care (i.e., illness, orthopedic injury) a physician’s written explanation of diagnosis and treatment must accompany your child and be brought to the Health Center to ensure continued and correct treatment. No verbal explanation by the student will be accepted.

Screenings

Parents are encouraged to have vision, hearing, and postural screenings (Dept. of Public Health) completed by a child’s physician or by the school nurse at your public school.

The recommended schedule of screenings:

Vision Screenings: annually grades K - 5; once in grades 6 - 8; once in grades 9 - 12.
Hearing Screenings: annually grades K - 3; once in grades 6 - 8; once in grades 9 - 12.
Postural Screenings: annually grades 5 - 9