New Pennsylvania Immunization Requirements

 New Pennsylvania Immunization Requirements Go Into Effect August 1, 2017

Beginning August 1, 2017, parents will have a significantly shorter time frame to provide proof of vaccination, due to changes in school immunization regulations by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  Previously, families may have had up to 8 months to provide proof of immunization.  The new regulations require families to provide proof of immunization on or before the first day of school or risk their child’s exclusion.   The new regulations are intended to ensure that children attending school are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of preventable diseases

Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following vaccines:

  • Four (4) doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis* (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
  • Four (4) doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday, and at least 6 months after previous dose given)**
  • Two (2) doses of measles, mumps, and rubella*** (given after 12 months of age)
  • Three (3) doses of hepatitis B
  • Two (2) doses of varicella (chickenpox), or evidence of immunity

*Usually given as DTaP, DTP, DT, Td.  Pertussis for all grade levels is new.

**4th dose not necessary if 3rd dose administered at age 4 or older, and at least 6 months after previous dose.

**Usually given as MMR

 Additional immunization requirements for attendance for children in 7th and 12th grades:

One (1) dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)

  • Two (2) doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
    • 1st dose given at 11-15 years of age; 2nd dose required at age 16, or entry into 12th grade
    • If the dose was given at 16 or older, only one dose is required.

Exemptions to school law for immunization:

  • Medical reasons
  • Religious beliefs
  • Philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction

If a child is exempt, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak/health emergency.

For additional information on Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website at or contact your child’s school nurse.


First Day of School Is Just Around the Corner…!

We hope you’ve all enjoyed your summers and are excited for your kids’ return to school. It’s closer than you think! Below are some important dates to get on your calendar if the aren’t already:

  • Monday, August 28th: First day of school for Hillside Elementary School students in Grades 1 through 4
  • Monday, September 4th: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 5th: First day of school for Hillside Elementary School kindergartners

The Skinny on School Supplies

Are you wondering what school supplies your child will need when classes resume later this month? Below please find lists for each grade provided directly from Hillside:

School Supply Lists 2017-2018:
 Supply Lists:  Summer Assignment:
 Kindergarten  none
 First Grade  none
 Second Grade  none
 Third Grade  none
 Fourth Grade  4th Grade Summer Collage

Change in Hillside Highlights Newsletter Delivery, Deadlines

Beginning in October, the PTO Communications Committee shifted delivery of the Hillside Highlights newsletter to Sunday afternoons. The decision to change delivery from Wednesday to Sunday was made in hopes that the new schedule will better enable parents to plan for the upcoming week.

To accommodate this change, the deadline for submissions for items to be included in the upcoming week’s Highlights likewise shifts to Tuesdays at 5 p.m. To submit an item for inclusion in the newsletter, please complete this form.