Children not complying with immunization requirements must be excluded from school.
Alaska state law requires all school children to be immunized in order to attend school. ASD follows the state’s strict requirement of “No Shots, No School” and requires proof of immunization at enrollment. By law, a student is not allowed to attend classes unless they are compliant with immunization requirements. The exceptions to this are a valid Alaska state medical or religious exemption (must be notarized) or a 30 day waiver for those who are in the Child in Transition or active duty military dependents who have just been relocated to Anchorage. (Military and Homeless waivers required by federal law)
Alaska Immunization Laws (Authority: AS 14.07.020, AS 14.07.060, 4 AAC 06.055. Immunizations required)
Before Admission to School, the Parent/Guardian Must:
- Provide an immunization record from a physician, health department, or other health care provider showing dates (month, day, year) of required immunizations
- Obtain required immunizations. If there are medical or religious reasons a child cannot be vaccinated, call the school nurse for further information.
Students with no shot records or waiting for shot records:
- To be admitted, a child must receive one dose each of DTP/DT/Td, Polio, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and MMR vaccine; K-6 must also have a dose of varicella. Pre-school children must have Hib vaccine and varicella vaccine or have a history of varicella disease documented on the state form by a medical provider (MD/DO/ANP/PA).
- A signed physician's statement (on the State Medical Exemption form) is required if there are medical reasons a child cannot be vaccinated. Only a physician (MD/DO), physician’s assistant or advanced nurse practitioner licensed in Alaska is authorized to exempt children from immunizations.
- To remain in school a medically verified record must be provided showing the dates of all required immunizations, or the remaining immunizations must be given.
- Military or students in the Child in Transition program, please discuss your shot records with Health Services or your school nurse. Federal law makes a 30 day provision for qualifying circumstances.
- Medical Exemption (A signed physician's statement (on the State Medical Exemption form) is required if there are medical reasons a child cannot be vaccinated. Only a physician (MD/DO), physician’s assistant or advanced nurse practitioner licensed in Alaska is authorized to exempt children from immunizations.
- Religious Exemption (Notarization and annual renewal are required. Form valid from July 1 through June 30)
- Child in Transition/CIT Waiver (30-day immunization waiver for student in the Child in Transition program)
- Active Duty Military Waiver (Active Duty Military only 30-day immunization waiver- New to Alaska Arrivals)
Places to immunize your child- Free or low costPrint version of the clinic list (Note: Clinic locations, dates and times change frequently. It is best to call and confirm locations and schedules.)Always take your child's shot record to every visit.
Your health care provider’s office is the best place for all immunizations. If all health care is done in one place, your child's records will be complete and in one location. Please call your health care provider to check for availability of immunizations prior to your visit.