Are students required to receive immunizations if school buildings are not open?

The Maryland Department of Health has not lifted the requirement for immunizations, which are still required for entry into school and are vital for children’s overall health and wellness. On August 26, 2020, the Maryland State Department of Education shared that "After consulting with the [Maryland Department of Health] and MSDE Attorney General’s offices, it has been determined that school immunization requirements remain in effect whether students are in the physical school building or are participating through virtual learning."

As such, all children must have the required State of Maryland immunizations in order to attend school. Parents are responsible for providing proof of immunization to the school prior to the student attending or proof of an appointment for necessary immunizations within 20 calendar days of the first day of school.

To help our students obtain the necessary vaccines, HCPSS Health Services continues to partner with the Howard County Health Department (HCHD) and the Maryland Partnership for Prevention (MPP) to offer several immunization clinics for any student who may need them. These clinics will take place outdoors at some HCPSS school buildings during the week of September 21. Multiple vaccines will be offered at no cost to families. Parents/guardians should complete the online consent process prior to the clinic dates. Details are available online.

More information on immunization requirements can be found online.