All students must be up to date on all required immunizations and physicals in order to attend an SCS school. Students who do not have all of their required immunizations will be allowed to register, but may not be allowed to enroll until proof of immunizations can be shown. Exemptions may be approved, such as for religious or medical reasons, but parents must have proper documentation on file at their child’s school.
DOES YOUR CHILD NEED IMMUNIZATIONS? Our three Student Health Clinics are open by appointment to all SCS students for a variety of healthcare services, including back to school immunizations. CLICK HERE for a list of clinic locations and hours. Call 531-6321 to schedule an appointment.
TN HEALTH CERTIFICATES: A TN Department of Health Certificate of Immunizations is required as part of registration for all Kindergarteners, seventh graders and students who are new to SCS. TN Department of Health Certificates are available from private physicians and the Shelby County Health Department. The certificate must be filled out by a medical provider showing all required immunizations. CLICK HERE for a sample certificate.
PHYSICALS: Physicals are required for students who are new to Shelby County Schools. Students entering PK or K must have an up to date physical (completed within the last 12 months). If a PK or K student has received a physical within the last 12 months, he or she is not required to complete an additional physical.
Medical: Physician or Public Health Nurse authorized to indicate on the form specific vaccines medically exempted (because of risk of harm). Other remaining vaccines are required. The medical reason for the exemption does not need to be provided.
Religious: This exemption requires a signed statement by the parent/guardian that vaccination conflicts with their religious tenets or practices. If the child needs documentation of a health examination for the school, it must be noted by the healthcare provider on the immunization certificate. In that case, the provider should check the box indicating that the parent has sought a religious exemption to explain why immunization information is absent or incomplete.