The Idaho Immunization Program helps school and childcare facilities understand immunization rules in Idaho and work with families to make sure children follow the immunization schedule outlined in Idaho statute.
Whenever children are brought into group settings, there is a potential for the spread of infectious disease. To help protect children and others from vaccine-preventable diseases, certain immunizations are required before children may attend licensed childcare facilities and public, private, and parochial schools in Idaho.
According to IDAPA 16.02.15, to enter or transfer into public or private schools, all children in preschool and grades K-12 must meet immunization requirements outlined below at registration and before attendance. No child shall attend school without proof of immunization status.
According to IDAPA 16.02.11, children are required to meet immunization requirements in order to attend licensed childcare facilities.
Children that are in the process of getting caught up on required immunizations are permitted to attend school and childcare under a conditional enrollment, provided that the child has received one dose of each specified vaccine prior to enrollment and is not yet due to receive the remaining doses.
In the event of a disease outbreak, children who are conditionally enrolled and have not received the immunization against that disease are to be encouraged to complete immunizations or are to be excluded from school and/or childcare. These children are at most risk for contracting a vaccine-preventable disease.
Idaho law allows a parent or guardian to claim an immunization exemption for their child for medical, religious or other reasons. A medical exemption must be completed by a licensed physician. It is recommended that exemptions for religious or other reasons be documented on the form provided by DHW Immunization Program. Parents or guardians may also claim an immunization exemption by providing a signed written statement when entering their child into school and/or childcare. In the event of a disease outbreak, children who have claimed an exemption and have not received the immunization against that disease may be excluded from school and/or childcare.
Idaho School Immunization Requirements Exemption
Idaho Childcare Immunization Requirements Exemption
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Idaho schools are required to submit kindergarten, first grade, and seventh grand immunization data to the Idaho Immunization Program by November 1st of each school year. Data must include the number of students with an up-to-date immunization record, students that were conditionally admitted, and the number of students with no immunizations on file. The Idaho Immunization Program compiles this data and makes it available each year.
Training resources for schools and childcare providers
I-PIE Childcare Requirements - Provides updated Idaho childcare immunization requirement information
I-PIE School Immunization - Training for school staff on immunization requirements, annual school immunization report, and updated resources.
I-PIE School Immunization Report - Information regarding Idaho's school immunization requirements and School Immunization Report 2017-2018 summary data