Without updated shots, your 7th grader will not be allowed at school!

shotAs of today, more than 24% of 7th grade students in Metro Nashville Public Schools are still lacking the proper immunization certificates and now are not allowed to attend school. That means more than 1,200 students in the 7th grade have been turned away and are being counted as absent until they get the required proof of two new immunizations that the State of Tennessee now requires. Despite multiple efforts to communicate this requirement, this number is much higher than at the same time last year when more than 18% of 7th grade students were out of compliance.

Metro Nashville Public Schools wants all students to attend and doesn’t want a single child to miss school, but we are past the point where we can allow students to attend school by state law.

IMG_1472 Olivia Brown, Metro Schools Dir. of Communication, Talks with Erika Lathon from Fox 17.

To get the word out about the seriousness of this situation, we have sent letters home, used the district’s automated calling system, posted flyers, and worked with the Metro Health Department and other providers. We have been talking with the media and they’ve been very helpful in getting the word out as well.

Tonight all parents will receive a phone call from the district detailing this urgent need to get these vacations. The transcript of this phone call is listed below.


“Hello, this is a very important call from Metro Nashville Public Schools regarding 7th grade immunizations. We have a large number of students who have not provided an updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate with proof of the two additional immunizations that are required by the state when entering 7th grade. Unfortunately, we cannot allow students to remain in school without proof of these immunizations.  The immunizations are available from your child’s doctor or other community providers.  They may also be available through the Metro Public Health Department if your child has TennCare, no insurance or insurance that does not pay for vaccines.  If your child has not received these immunizations, or you have not provided the immunization form to your school, please do so immediately to prevent loss of valuable time in the classroom.  If you have questions, please contact your child’s school or call our Metro Schools Customer Service Center number at 259-INFO, that is 259-4636.   Thank you.”