Mandated School Health Requirements


The following are the minimum immunizations that are required for all students entering school for the first time.


  • 4 doses Tetanus, Diptheria, and acellular Pertussis (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses Polio (1 dose on or after 4th birthday, and 6 months after previous dose given)
  • 2 doses Measles
  • 2 doses Mumps
  • 2 doses Rubella
  • 3 doses Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses Varicella – **or a written statement from physician/designee indicating month and year of disease or serologic proof of immunity.In addition to the requirements listed above, students in grades 7-12 are required to have the immunizations listed below. Please note that 7th grade students will not be permitted to start their 7th grade school year without completion of the Tdap and the 1st dose of MCV. Twelfth grade students will not be permitted to start their 12th grade school year without completion of the 2nd dose of the MCV.
  • 1 dose Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap)
  • 2 doses Meningitis vaccine (MCV)

 **The Allegheny County Health Department offers free immunizations. Please call 412-578-8062 for information.

Exemptions to Immunization Regulations

Medical exemption – when the physical condition of the child is such that immunization would endanger life or health (requires physician’s signature).
Religious exemption – when the parent/guardian adheres to a religious belief whose teachings are opposed to such immunizations (requires parent/guardian signature).

Physical Examinations

The school health law requires physical examinations for children entering school for the first time (Kindergarten or 1st grade) and in grades 6 and 11.
Physical Examination of School Age Student [PDF]

Dental Examinations

All students entering school for the first time (Kindergarten or 1st grade) and in grades 3 and 7 are required by the State of Pennsylvania to have a dental examination.
Dental Health Exam[PDF]

The state recommends these exams be done by your private physician/dentist since they can best evaluate your child. If you would like the school physician/dentist to do the required exams please let your school nurse know at the beginning of the school year.


Before any type of medication (prescribed or OTC) can be dispensed at school we MUST have a signed order from your licensed physician and parent/guardian signed consent. Medication MUST be furnished to school personnel in the pharmaceutical container bearing student identification and instructions or administration as indicated by physician. No medication will be administered until both forms have been returned.

View our Student Handbook for additional information.