Immunization requirements must be met by all students before starting school. Please do not register without proper documentation.


TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) Shot Information for all 6th Grade Entry: 6th graders must have a documented Tdap shot in order to receive their class schedules at orientation in the Fall.

  • Virginia law requires 6th and new 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to have a current TDAP shot.
  • 6th grade schedules to be held if no documentation is provided prior to orientation.
  • TDAP shots available for children at age 10 at the Peninsula Health Department (757-594-7410).
  • Your child's physician may wait until age 11 to give this required shot; if so, we must have written documentation from your doctor.
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) is often mistaken for other illnesses, and it is estimated that over a million people get it every year. Preteens and teenagers are at risk since the protection from whooping cough shots given to babies begins to wear off after 5 to 10 years.

Immunizations and Health Requirements

In order for students to attend a school, the following is required by Virginia school entrance laws:

  1. A certificate from a licensed physician stating that the student has been successfully immunized against communicable diseases as required by state law at the time of registration.

    • DTP, DtaP, DT, TD : OR TDAP:
      • Minimum 4 doses with 1 dose on or after 4th birthday.
      • TDAP booster before entry into 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades.
      • Minimum of 4 doses with 1 dose on or after 4th birthday for all new students.
      • 2 doses of measles
      • 2 doses of mumps for entry into kindergarten
      • 1 dose of rubella
      • All at 12 months (365 days) or older
      • Second dose for entry into kindergarten through 12th grade.
    • HEPATITIS B (HEP B): (Hib is not Hep B)
      • 3 doses all grades.
      • 2 doses of Recombivax for 11-15 years only.
    • HPV
      • 3 doses
      • 6th grade girls only - If no documentation provided, do not exclude.
      • 1 dose at 12 months (365 days) or older
      • 2 doses to enter kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th grades.
      • 1 dose, grades Pre-K, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
      • School nurse may verify and document parental report of disease.
        • Parental Report of Varicella (Chicken Pox):
          All of the following must be reported by the parents in describing the child's illness. If the following four criteria are met, the school nurse may document the history of varicella disease in Part II, Section 1, of the Virginia State Form MCH-213-G and initial entry. If all four criteria are not met or the nurse is uncertain, the parent will be referred to their private provider.
          1. Acute onset of illness
          2. Maculopapulovesicular rash without other apparent cause
          3. Generalized and itchy rash with most lesions on trunk
          4. Lesions crusted over
      • PRE-K only - 2-4 doses depending on age at first dose.
  2. Students being admitted for the first time to any NNPS elementary school (Pre-K through grade 5), are required to provide a report of a comprehensive physical examination, signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner, performed within twelve months of the initial enrollment date.* Students who have never been enrolled in a school before must have their physical exam completed on the Virginia State Form MCH-213-G. Attach First Step or kindergarten out-of-state physicals to the MCH 213-G.

    • For students transferring into NNPS K-5, a copy of a physical examination in their cumulative record, which meets the above requirements, will be accepted. For Pre-K transfers, only physicals from NNPS PEEP program, First Step, and Newport News Head Start will be accepted. All other Pre-K students must have a physical within 12 months of enrollment date** into NNPS.

    • All students may have a grace period not to exceed 30 school days to obtain the required physical examination. (Note: This does not apply to immunizations.) Students who have not obtained a physical by the end of the grace period will be excluded from school until the required document is provided. While excused absences, this will be referred to Attendance.

* The initial enrollment date is the first date of school attendance in any school system (K through 5).

** Enrollment date in NNPS is the first date of attendance, not registration.

Conditional Enrollment

If no records are available, the student will be referred to the Health Department or private medical provider to receive:

Grades: Shots:

Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


1 DTP, TDAP, DT or Td


9, 10, 11, 12 1 OPV or IPV, 1 MMR, 1 HEP B, 1 Varicella
Pre-K Only 1 Pneumococcal

By Virginia state law, students should not be enrolled without at least one dose of all required shots.

Updated 07/15