Policies and Regulations NEPN Code: JLCB


Immunization of Students
South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL 13-28-7.1) requires that any child entering school or an early childhood program in this state, shall, prior to admission, be required to present to the appropriate school authorities certification from a licensed physician that the child has received or is in the process of receiving adequate immunization against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, rubeola, rubella, mumps, tetanus, meningitis, and varicella, according to recommendations provided by the Department of Health. The Department of Health may modify or delete any of the required immunizations. As an alternative to the requirement for a physician's certification, the child may present:
  1. Certification from a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child would be such that immunization would endanger the child's life or health; or
  2. A written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent to a religious doctrine whose teachings are opposed to such immunization.
Failure to complete necessary immunizations may result in exclusion from school until the requirement is met.
Exclusion from school for failure to complete health requirements does not exempt a child from mandatory school attendance. Truancy procedures will be followed.
Parents/guardians shall be notified of free or reduced community immunization services periodically.


Legal Reference:

SDCL 13-28-7.1 Tests and immunizations for communicable diseases required for admission to school or early childhood program - Exceptions - Rules


Policy   Board Action
Adopted: 07-22-96 28559
Amended: 10-08-98 29184
Reviewed: 11-27-06 34584
Reviewed: 04-25-11 36037
Amended: 10-14-13 36736
Amended: 01-14-19 38210