What you need to know about RI’s new school health policies

(WPRI) — Besides shopping for school supplies, there are other things parents need to do to be sure their children are ready to head back to class.

One of the most important, find out if they need a physical, especially if they are going to college or plan on playing a sport. Also, there’s a new list of required vaccinations for Rhode Island students this year.

“Students entering 7th grade in Rhode Island are required to get three immunizations: a Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis or whooping cough) and a meningitis vaccine and, new this year, an HPV vaccine is required for both boys and girls,” explained Nurse Practioner Susan Curran.

If a child takes daily medications and need access to them during the school day, parents should make arrangements with the school nurse in advance.

“Also, regulations vary widely between schools, about medications like aspirin, cold capsules, cough medicine, anti-inflammatories and even hand sanitizer. Check with your school or school nurse,” Curran said.

For a list of the many vaccines needed for back to school, click here.

Stay with Eyewitness News and WPRI.com all week as we prepare you and your family to go back to school.

Comments are closed.