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


One dose of meningococcal is required for entry into 12th grade for all students.  This dose must be administered at 16 years or older.  All students entering 12th grade must have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine, MenACWY, prior to the start of the school year, 2022-2023. Documentation must be given to the school nurse prior to the start of school. Vaccines are available at the Peninsula Health District, all military treatment facilities, local pharmacies and at your student’s medical provider. Students may not start school on August 29 without documented proof of the MenACWY vaccine.

TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) and Meningococcal Vaccine Information for all 7th Grade Entry: 7th graders must have a documented Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal vaccine in order to receive their class schedules in the Fall.

  • Virginia law requires 7th and new 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to have a current TDAP shot.
  • School Year 2022-2023: All 7th & 8th graders are required to have one dose of MenACWY (Meningococcal).
  • 7th grade schedules to be held until proof of immunization is provided.
  • TDAP shots available for children at ages 11-12 at the Peninsula Health Department (757-594-7410).
  • 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 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.
      • At least one dose required before entry into 12th grade for 2022-2023 school year.
      • One dose before entry into 7th grade (ages 11-12). The second dose shall be administered prior to 12th grade (age 16-18).
    • HPV
      • 2 doses
      • All 7th graders - If no documentation provided, do not exclude.
      • 1 dose at 12 months (365 days) or older
      • 1 dose, grade Pre-K
      • 2 doses to enter kindergarten through 12th grade
      • 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
      • 2-4 doses depending on age at first dose
  1. 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.* A school physical form is available from the Virginia Department of Health.
    • 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, Preschool, 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.

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 – 12th grade

1 DTP, TDAP, DT or Td
1 OPV or IPV, 1 MMR, 1 HEP B, 1 Varicella

Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade Hep A
7th, 8th & 12 grades Meningococcal
Pre-K Only 1 Pneumococcal

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

Updated 08/22