Sent home before class begins

By Sara Story - email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Monday was a big day for kids heading back to school. But, instead of sitting in a desk, some found themselves standing in line to get shots.

"Ya, they just said, 'You can't come into the school,' and I was like, 'Are you kidding me?' said Micayla Mizzles.

"I want her to be in school," said Colleen Hefner. "So, I hate it that she can't go today."

These moms and students weren't alone. Texas adopted tougher immunization standards, requiring kindergartners and 7th graders to get more shots than in years past. Students that didn't meet requirements Monday morning were asked to leave school.

"We're seeing a very large influx of people," said George Roberts with the Northeast Texas Public Health District. "We gave almost 1600 shots last week and expect to give that much this week."

But, early Monday afternoon, the state issued an emergency rule, giving school districts the option to extend their deadline to October 1. Tyler ISD says it won't change its deadline because less than 1% of their students didn't meet the standards.

"They were brought to a holding area where they were given resources to contact their parents and then once their parents were contacted, we worked with them to get their immunizations taken care of today," said Angela Jenkins, with TISD.

Pediatricians say check with a school nurse or doctor to see if your child has the right shots.

"The tetanus booster, the meningitis booster, and the chicken pox vaccine have been recommended but this is the first year that it has been a requirement," said Dr. Melanie Wick.

And, it is only a matter of time before no shots means no school. Each school district will decide whether or not to follow the emergency rule so check with your child's school if you want to know whether or not they will extend their deadline.

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