Immunizations and exemptions information
DCSD School Nurse Consultants collaborate and partner with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to ensure the District’s compliance to state immunizations laws and requirements. Immunizations are an important part of our children’s and the community’s health. Colorado law requires students attending a public, private or parochial school to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
HB 14-1288 directed the Colorado Board of Health to determine the frequency of exemption submission.
Beginning in July, 2016, parents seeking non-medical (personal and religious) exemptions will submit exemption forms:
*Pre Kindergarten: 2,4,6, 12 & 18 months of age
*K through 12th grade annually each year
*Medical exemptions to be submitted once
Non-medical exemptions can be claimed by:
Parents unable to access the forms online will be able to call the Immunization branch of the CDPHE (303-692-2700) and receive a form by mail.
Health care providers, school personnel and child care providers also will have the ability to print out a blank form for the parent to complete.
Medical exemption forms will be available for download to take to a child’s healthcare provider for signature. Parents can submit the form to CDPHE for inclusion in the immunization registry or take it to their child’s school/child care.
Forms will be available in multiple languages.
To be in compliance with the immunization law, children must meet one of the following:
● Be up-to-date on all required vaccinations and have paperwork on file
with their school or child care.
● Have a signed exemption form on file with their school or childcare updated each year.
● Have an “in process” form on file with their school or child care. (A student is “in-process” and has 14 days to obtain the required immunization(s) and/or provide written documentation as to when those immunizations will be administered.)
By December 1, 2016, schools must submit to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) their aggregate immunization, in-process, and exemption numbers. CDPHE will calculate rates for each school and post on CDPHE website.