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Revision of Current Immunization Regulations

The Departments of Health and Education revised the current Immunization regulations in an effort to improve Pennsylvania’s immunization rate.  These changes will be important as we prepare for kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year.  In addition, the changes will impact students entering Grade 7 who are required to show evidence of having had the Tdap and Menactra vaccination.

Please make note of the following changes:

4 doses of Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis (whooping cough)* (1 dose on or after the 4th
4 doses of Polio** (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
2 doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German measles)***
3 doses of Hepatitis B
2 doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine or evidence of immunity
* Usually given as DTP or DTaP or if medically advisable, DT or TD
** A fourth dose is not necessary if the third dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months
after the previous dose
*** Usually given as MMR

**The provisional enrollment period will change from 8 months to 5 days to provide evidence of full vaccination

**If additional immunizations are required for completion of a series, a medical certificate from the student’s health care provider will be required outlining the dates for additional immunizations.

** A review of records/compliance will take place every 30 days (currently review takes place every 60 days)

No changes are being made to the following regulations:

Students who are not compliant may be excluded from school until requirements are met.

Parents may still request exemption based on a religious or philosophical belief or provide a medical exemption due to a health condition.

Please call your school nurse if you have any questions.

BMECW Clearance Information – School Volunteers

Those who wish to volunteer in any capacity as a direct volunteer (Direct Volunteer – Direct volunteer contact is defined as the care, supervision, guidance or control of children and routine interaction with children. Routine interaction is the regular and repeated contact that is integral to a volunteer’s responsibilities) with any BMECW student/s during the 2016/2017 school year must have the following clearances on file in the office as per Act 15:

  1. Child Abuse History:
  2. PA State Police Criminal Record Check:

These clearances are free of charge and will be kept confidential.

If you have lived out of the state of Pennsylvania in the past 10 years, you are required to get the FBI Fingerprinting Clearance.  This clearance is not free.

3. FBI Background Check:  (CHOOSE: PA Dept of Education)      

These clearances are valid for five years and will be kept in the BMECW offices.  The PTO will utilize this list of names when looking for volunteers for activities

BMEW Parking Lot Concerns

There is no meeting or deadline that is worth jeopardizing the safety of our children.  Drop-off and pick-up times at BMEW are very busy, hectic, and congested.  Please observe the legal rules of the road and our BMEW safety protocols.  Be considerate to the other drivers and pedestrians and set a good example for our students.PLEASE NOTE:

1.         The drop-off line in the morning runs directly against the sidewalk at the west entrance of the building.  This is a continuously moving line.  There should be NO parking in this line whatsoever.  If your child requires assistance, please use one of the designated parking spaces in the lot.

2.         Children should be ready to get out of the car when they reach the front of the line.  Take care of the goodbyes beforehand or please use a parking spot.

3.         Do not cut in/out traffic for any reason.  Cars backing up and pulling out in the middle of the parking lot is extremely dangerous to those parents and children walking through the parking lot.  The safety of our children is much more important than getting out of the lot a few seconds quicker.

4.         Do not allow your children to walk unattended through the flow of traffic.  This is very dangerous and children should not be navigating this area alone.

5.         The parking lot is very busy at arrival/dismissal and child safety is everyone’s responsibility.

6.         During both arrival/dismissal there is no parking in the front of the school.  This is where the bus loop is and can’t be congested with traffic.

7.         Vehicles observed not following the proper safety protocols will be reported to local law enforcement.

Thank you for your cooperation