DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of the Secretary
Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(d)
A. Type of Regulatory Action Required
Amendment to Existing Regulation
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
The Secretary of Education intends to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 804 Immunizations. This regulation is being amended to align with 14 Del.C. Ch. 1., §131 which provides explicit language related to the responsibilities of the school and parents for exemptions from immunizations.
Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before November 7, 2016 to Tina Shockley, Education Associate, Department of Education, Regulatory Review, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. A copy of this regulation may be viewed online at the Register of Regulation's website,, or obtained at the Department of Education, Finance Office located at the address listed above.
C. Impact Criteria
1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended regulation is intended to improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards by helping to ensure students are healthy for learning.
2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The amended regulation is intended to continue to help ensure all students receive an equitable education by promoting a healthy school environment.
3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' health and safety are adequately protected? The amendment is designed to help ensure that all students' health and safety are adequately protected and allow for a healthy school environment.
4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' legal rights are respected? The amended regulation continues to help ensure that all student's legal rights are respected.
5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The amended regulation does not change the decision making at the local board and school level.
6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The amended regulation does not place any unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements on decision makers, but it does require schools to: (1) provide parents seeking exemption for religious reasons with materials and (2) change the schools' exemptions form.
7. Will the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated does not change because of the amendment.
8. Will the amended regulation be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The amendment is consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies.
9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation? There is not a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation.
10. What is the cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation? There is no expected cost to implementing this amended regulation.
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.
“Secondary School” means, for the purposes of this regulation, means a school with a grade or age configuration including any of the following: grade 9, grade 10, grade 11, or grade 12.
3.1 All School Enterers shall have immunizations given up to four days prior to the minimum interval or age and shall include:
3.1.1 Four or more doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP, DTP, or other Approved Vaccine). Notwithstanding this requirement:
22.214.171.124 A child who received a fourth dose prior to his or her fourth birthday shall have a fifth dose;
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.
188.8.131.52 A booster dose of Tdap (adult) is strongly recommended by DPH for all students at age 11-12 years (preferred) or through 18 years and required as per subsections 4.1 and 4.1.1 below.
3.1.2 Three or more doses of inactivated polio virus vaccine (IPV), oral polio vaccine (OPV), or an Approved Vaccine. Notwithstanding this requirement:
184.108.40.206 A child who received a third dose prior to his or her fourth birthday shall have a fourth dose.
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.
220.127.116.11 Disease histories for measles, rubella and mumps shall not be accepted unless serologically confirmed.
3.1.4 Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
18.104.22.168 For children 11 to 15 years old age, two doses of an Approved Vaccine may be used.
22.214.171.124 Titers are not acceptable in lieu of completing the vaccine series and a disease history for Hepatitis B shall not be accepted unless serologically confirmed.
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.
126.96.36.199 The first dose should be administered on or after the age of twelve (12) months and the second at kindergarten entry into a Delaware public school.
188.8.131.52 A written disease history, provided by the health care provider, will be accepted in lieu of the Varicella vaccination.
3.1.6 Two doses of meningococcal vaccine are strongly recommended by DPH, with an initial dose at ages 11-12 and a booster at ages 16-18, and required as per subsections 4.1 and 4.1.2 below.
3.2 Children who enter school prior to age four (4) shall follow current Delaware Division of Public Health recommendations.
4.1 Beginning in school year 2016-2017 entering grade 9 students shall show proof of immunizations. One Secondary School grade shall be added each year thereafter.
4.1.1 An adolescent booster dose of Tdap or other Approved Vaccine administered at age 11-12 (preferred) or prior to entry to Grade 9.
4.1.2 One dose of meningococcal Approved Vaccine.
4.2 Schools will coordinate with the Division of Public Health to assure services to non-compliant Secondary School students.
(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 a certificate 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:
5.3.1 One dose of DTaP, or DTP, or DT, or Approved Vaccine; and
5.3.2 One dose of IPV or OPV, or Approved Vaccine; and
5.3.3 One dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) Approved Vaccine; and
5.3.4 The first dose of the Hepatitis B series; and
5.3.5 One dose of Varicella vaccine.
5.3.6 One dose of meningococcal vaccine, if entering a Secondary School according to subsections 4.1 and 4.1.2.
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, or a 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 superintendent 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.
7.1.1 Medical exemptions are reviewed and approved by the Delaware Division of Public Health Medical exemptions shall be considered based on a written statement from a physician, i.e., medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy, stating that immunization is medically contraindicated.
184.108.40.206 The Delaware Division of Public Health shall review and determine approval.
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.
220.127.116.11 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.
7.2 Alternative dosages or immunization schedules may be accepted with the written approval of the Delaware Division of Public Health.
The Delaware Division of Public Health shall have the right to audit and verify school immunization records to determine compliance with the law.
9.1 School nurses shall record and maintain documentation of each student's immunization status.
9.2 Each student's immunization record shall be included in the Delaware Immunization Registry.