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Immunization compliance deadline set for DPS students

The Dickinson Public School District has given a deadline for parents to either immunize their children up to legal standards or submit immunization exemption paperwork in accordance with state law.

The Dickinson Public School District has given a deadline for parents to either immunize their children up to legal standards or submit immunization exemption paperwork in accordance with state law.

Dickinson Public Schools Superintendent Doug Sullivan said parents will have until Feb. 5 to come in compliance with the law. After that, he said students that are not within the legal requirements will not be allowed to attend school.

The move follows a concern Sullivan and others have had since he attended the North Dakota School Boards Association Convention in October, where he was informed of the state immunization requirements.

Since then, Sullivan said the district has worked with the Southwestern District Health Unit to contact all of those who were not in compliance with the law.

While some are in the process of getting things straightened out, he said that, as of Dec. 10, there were 196 students that were not up to standard.

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“I will be sending a letter … to all the individuals who are not in compliance with the law,” Sullivan said.

The letters will be sent out next week.

Sullivan echoed statements made in past school board meetings by lamenting that it was the school system that had to enforce these rules, rather than another government agency.

“The district is not saying that children have to be immunized,” Sullivan stressed.

He added that it also wasn’t encouraging or discouraging immunization. Rather, parents simply have to either have their children get the required immunizations or fill out the exemption paperwork.

Sullivan said parents are told about these requirements at the beginning of each school year. He encouraged those whose children are not up to standard to contact their school’s secretary for information.

“The last thing that we want to do is tell a student on Feb. 8 that, ‘You’re not coming back to school,’” Sullivan said.

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