Marion Co. Schools See a Decrease in 7th Graders Missing Immunizations
Published August 18th, 2014
MARION COUNTY---Marion County Public Schools got their best report card for 7th grade immunizations they've had in years on the first day of the 2014 school year.
But hundreds of students still had to be sent home Monday because they weren't up-to-date on their shots.
383 7th graders were sent home to get their shots.
That's a 20% decrease compared to last year.
Principals say it's because of an aggressive campaign that included free immunizations held on school campus before summer time, newsletters sent home and phone calls to parents over the summer.
"There are a lot of opportunities to miss school. Don't let a simple paperwork issue of getting your immunization keep you out of class," said Osceola Middle School Principal John McCollum.
School officials also had issues with late buses.
Hundreds of students who were not registered for school showed up at the bus stops and getting those kids registered delayed the buses from reaching schools on time.
School officials hope to have all the kinks sorted out by the end of this week.
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