Important Immunization Requirement: Do You Have a Student Entering Sixth Grade Next Year?

By Communications and Community Relations Staff
For Parents
February 15, 2019

If yes, he or she may need a booster dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis). Sixth grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap booster. Parents or guardians should ask their private healthcare provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. Students who have received a Tdap booster between the ages of seven and eleven do not need another dose.

Documentation must be provided to the school student information assistant (SIA), student services assistant (SSA), or registrar as soon as possible. Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the month, day, and year the Tdap vaccine was given. 
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the month, day, and year the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption. (A student whose healthcare provider prefers to wait until the student turns 11 to administer the Tdap must provide a temporary medical exemption.)
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form, which is available online.

Fairfax County Public Schools tracks compliance with this state requirement and students who do not meet the requirement before August 26, 2019, will not be able to start school.

Students can receive immunizations required for school at any Fairfax County Health Department immunization clinic. Information about health department clinic locations and hours can be found on the Fairfax County Health Department website.

More information about immunization requirements and exemptions can be found in the current version of FCPS Regulation 2101 and on the General Registration Immunizations website.

If you have any questions, contact Teresa Gallahan, school health specialist, Department of Special Services, at 571-423-4313 or at