This regulation is promulgated pursuant to Title 14 Del.C. Ch. 1, §131 which states that, “the Department (of Education) shall from time to time, with advice from Division of Public Health (DPH), adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to establish an immunization program to protect pupils enrolled in public schools from certain diseases.”
"Affidavit of Religious Belief" means, pursuant to 14 Del.C. Ch. 1, §131(a)(6), the statement to request exemption from immunizations based on individual religious beliefs.
“Approved Vaccine” means a vaccine, vaccine combination, formulation, or schedule which has been reviewed and accepted by the Division of Public Health (DPH) based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recommended Immunization Schedule.
"School Enterer" means any child between birth and twenty (20) years inclusive entering or being admitted to a Delaware public school district or public school for the first time, including but not limited to, foreign exchange students, immigrants, students from other states and territories and children entering from nonpublic schools.
126.96.36.199 A child who received the first dose of diphtheria and tetanus containing vaccine as adult Td vaccine at or after age seven may meet this requirement with only three doses of Td or Approved Vaccine.
3.1.3 Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) Approved Vaccine. The first dose should be administered on or after the age of 12 months. The second dose should be administered after the fourth birthday.
3.1.5 Two doses of Varicella Approved Vaccine. Students who entered during or prior to the 2008-2009 school year are required to have one dose. By the 2020-2021 school year all students must have two doses. DPH strongly recommends two doses for all students regardless of date of school entry.
(Non-regulatory guidance: Please refer to 14 DE Admin. Code 815 Health Examinations and Screenings for health examinations required for entering grade 9 students.)
5.1 The parent, legal guardian, Relative Caregiver or a School Enterer who has reached the statutory age of majority (18) shall present documentation specifying the month, day, and year that the immunizations were administered by a licensed health care practitioner.
5.2 According to 14 Del.C. §131, a principal or person in charge of a school shall not permit a child to enter into school without acceptable evidence of immunization. The parent, legal guardian, Relative Caregiver, or a School Enterer who has reached the statutory age of majority (18) shall be notified of this requirement in writing. Within 14 calendar days after notification, evidence must be presented to the school that the basic series of immunizations has been initiated or has been completed.
5.3 A School Enterer may be conditionally admitted to a Delaware school district by presenting a statement from a licensed health care practitioner who specifies that the School Enterer has received at least:
5.4 School districts and charter schools shall ensure that policies concerning immunization, guardianship and birth certificates do not create barriers to the school enrollment of homeless children and youth. To that end, school districts shall assist homeless children and youth in meeting the immunization requirements.
5.5 In accordance with the provisions of 14 Del.C. Ch. 1, Subchapter III-A Interstate Compact on Education For Children of Military Families (MIC3) and its enabling regulation, a School Enterer or Secondary School student who is subject to MIC3 shall be allowed thirty (30) calendar days from the date of enrollment or within such time as is reasonably determined under the rules promulgated by the Interstate Commission, to obtain or to initiate a series of immunizations required by this regulation.
5.6 If the School Enterer or Secondary School student fails to complete the series of required immunizations, the parent, legal guardian, Relative Caregiver, or student who has reached the statutory age of majority (18) shall be notified that the School Enterer or Secondary School student will be excluded according to 14 Del.C. §131.
When a student’s immunization record has been lost or destroyed by the medical provider who administered the vaccine, the parent, legal guardian, Relative Caregiver, School Enterer who has reached the statutory age of majority (18), or the school nurse shall sign a written statement to this effect and must obtain at least one dose of each of the immunizations as identified in subsection 5.3. Evidence that the vaccines were administered shall be presented to the district superintendent or charter school chief administrative officer or his or her designee.
7.1 Exemption from this requirement may be granted in accordance with 14 Del.C. §131 and this regulation which permits approved medical and notarized religious exemptions.
7.1.2 Religious exemptions shall be approved upon receipt of a notarized Affidavit of Religious Belief, and the school shall offer information regarding the benefits of immunization and the risks of not being fully immunized.
7.1.3 Upon approval of a medical or religious exemption, the school shall inform the parent, legal guardian, Relative Caregiver, or a School Enterer who has reached the statutory age of majority (18), that the student shall be temporarily excluded from school in the event the Division of Public Health declares an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease or determines the student has had or is at risk of having an exposure to a vaccine preventable disease. The Division of Public Health shall determine when the student may return to school.
188.8.131.52 During a temporary exclusion, the school and parent, legal guardian or Relative Caregiver shall assist the student with keeping up with school work. No academic penalty shall be assessed provided the student completes assignments.