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New Rule Requires Child Vaccinations for School...ASAP!

New Rule Requires Child Vaccinations for School...ASAP!

By Elizabeth J. Billies | Esquire

As another school year gets underway, parents should be aware of a new Pennsylvania state health rule which requires that their children have certain vaccinations before the first day of school.  If they don’t have these vaccinations, they will be unable to enroll and begin classes.

Under the old rule, parents had up to eight months to get their children vaccinated.  Under the new rule, the eight-month grace period has been changed to only five days.  Furthermore, the new regulations require that children receive additional vaccinations that were not previously mandated.  For example, students entering their senior year in high school must now receive a second dose of a meningitis vaccine.  Children are also now required to receive four doses of the polio vaccine.

It is unclear as to how districts will enforce these requirements and parents are still able to seek an exemption for religious, medical, or philosophical reasons.  However, the change in the rules clearly indicates that schools take vaccinations seriously and, but for good reason, children will be required to receive same. 

For more information, please read the full article from The Philadelphia Inquirer, which also includes a link to the new state rules.

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Transgender Students in Pittsburgh School District Case

Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Transgender Students in Pittsburgh School District Case

By Inna G. Materese | Esquire

Five days after President Trump's administration revoked guidance to public schools allowing transgender students to use bathrooms of their choice, a federal judge has ordered a school district in suburban Pittsburgh to stop enforcing a similar rule adopted there in September. The rule in question directed that students use facilities corresponding to their biological sex or unisex facilities. The ruling halting the application of this rule permits three transgender students in the Pine-Richland School District to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity as their federal case against their school district proceeds in court. Read more here and here