With the start of the new school year closely approaching, it is vital to ensure your child’s immunizations are up to date. Immunizations are the most effective way to reduce the incidence of serious vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles. Vaccines not only provide protection to those vaccinated but also community protection or “herd immunity”. Herd immunity reduces the spread of disease to those who cannot be vaccinated, from the youngest infants to immunocompromised individuals of any age.
Hempstead ISD students are scheduled to return to school on August 22, 2022. All students must show acceptable evidence of vaccination prior to enrollment, attendance, or transfer to any Hempstead School. A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or statement that, for medical reasons or reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, the student will not be immunized. For exemptions based on reasons of conscience, only official forms issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Immunization Branch, can be honored by the district. This form may be obtained by writing the DSHS Immunization Branch (MC 1946), P.O. Box 149347, or by visiting corequest.dshs.texas.gov. If your child received any immunization, please bring the shot record to the campus school nurse so the student’s record can be updated.