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New York State Immunization Requirements

Dear RCSD Parents and Guardians, 

The Rye City School District oversees compliance with the New York State Public Health Law Section 2164 related to immunization requirements for school entry. In order to attend school, complete immunization records are required for all new students and updated Immunization records are required for students promoted to the following grades: Grade 6 – Tdap booster, Grade 7 – 1st dose of meningococcal vaccine, Grade 12 – 2nd dose of meningococcal vaccine, given on or after age 16. 

(Failure to provide acceptable evidence of immunization within fourteen days of entry may lead to exclusion from school. The period may be extended up to thirty days for those transferring from out-of-state or from abroad.)

All students entering or attending school in New York State must be immunized. This includes remote/distance or hybrid learning school formats, as well as traditional in-person schooling.

Please share the attached documents with your child’s health care provider (MD, NP, PA) so they can provide the immunizations your child needs. The age at which vaccines (shots) are given must match the NYSDOH Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance Chart

Tdap requirements in the 2020-2021 school year are:

  • Students entering 6th grade will need a Tdap no earlier than 10 years of age and no later than 11 years of age. 
  • Students in grades 7- 12 doses will need a Tdap no earlier than 7 years of age. 

Meningococcal requirements in the 2020-2021 school year are:

  • Students entering grade 7 are required to have the first dose of meningococcal conjugate no earlier than 10 years of age. 
  • New entrants in grades 8-12 are required to have the first dose no earlier than 6 weeks of age.

Schools can accept the following immunization records as proof of immunization:

  • An immunization record from your healthcare provider or health department.
  • An official copy of the immunization record sent directly from your child's previous school with the dates immunizations were given.
  • A NYSIIS/NYCIR Immunization Registry record.
  • A blood test (titer) lab report that proves immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Hepatitis B.
  • A note from your health care provider with the date your child had Chickenpox (Varicella).

Please return your child’s immunization record to the School Health Office(s). 

Immunizations are also available through your local county health department at:  Westchester County Department of Health, Telephone:(914) 995-5800. 


Tracey Barnett, FNP

RCSD Director of Health Services


New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164 requires that schools will not permit a child to attend school unless the parent provides the school with a certificate of immunization or proof from a physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant that the child is in the process of receiving the required immunizations.


Immunization Form