Below is information about student health including overall general health, flu information, and other health concerns you may have.
Human Papillomavirus Information:
Immunization Requirements (Kindergarten, 7th Grade)
All students entering public school in North Carolina are required to submit a current and up to date certificate of immunization within 30 days of school attendance. Students who have NOT provided the immunization record to the school within 30 days will NOT be allowed to attend school until the immunization certificate is received. Neither a transcript nor school data management immunization record is the official immunization certificate. Parents are responsible for obtaining the immunization certificate and providing it to the school. Records from previous schools will be requested as a courtesy to parents; however, the 30 day rule will still apply if records are not received within 30 days of the first day of school attendance.
Kindergarten Immunization Requirements (effective 7/1/2015)
5 DTP/DTaP doses: 5th dose on or after 4th birthday. If 4th dose is after the 4th birthday, 5th dose is not required.
4 Polio vaccine doses: 4th dose on or after 4th birthday. If 3rd dose is after 4th birthday, 4th dose is not required.
1-4 Hib doses: Series is complete if 2nd, 3rd, or 4th doses are given on or after 12 months of age.
If 1st dose is given at 12-15 months of age, two doses are required.
If 1st dose is given on or after 15 months of age, only one dose is required.
3 Hepatitis B vaccine doses: 3rd dose must be given on or after 24 weeks of age.
2 Measles vaccine doses: 1st dose on/after 12 months of age and 2nd dose before entering school.
2 Mumps vaccine doses: 1st dose on/after 12 months of age and 2nd dose before entering school.
1 Rubella vaccine dose: On or after 12 months of age.
2 Varicella vaccine doses: 1st dose on or after 12 months of age, and 2nd dose is required before entering school.
7th grade immunization requirements (effective 7/1/2015)
TDaP: 1 dose
Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV): 1 dose
12th grade Immunization requirement (effective 7/1/2015; implemented 8/1/2020)
Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV): 1 dose
Absences for failure to provide Health Assessment and/or Immunization Certificate
Absences will be marked as unexcused for students who fail to turn in the required information by the 30th day; however, students will be allowed to make up their missed work. The parent or student should contact the student’s teacher(s) to arrange to obtain missed work.
Additional Immunization Information (click to view)
Rockingham County Schools employ a total of 9 school nurses, 7 of which are nationally certified. The nurses serve the elementary and middle schools regularly and provide assistance to the high schools.
School nurses manage the care of all students with an emphasis on the care of students with chronic illness who need special health care during the school day. Most importantly, the nurses work with school staff to identify and prevent health problems from becoming reasons for poor academic performance.
School nursing also involves health screenings in order to identify problems that may impact learning, communicable disease prevention through education and monitoring immunization and student records, development of emergency action care plans for students, monitoring and oversight of medication administration, disaster preparedness, and serving as a liaison between school, home, students’ medical provider, and community resources.
Please contact the school nurse at your child's school to discuss your child's health concerns.
Dr. Cindy A. Corcoran
for Instructional Support Services
Director of Student Support Programs
Rockingham County Schools
511 Harrington Hwy
Eden, NC 27288
Return to Learn - Concussion
With the increasing prevalence of concussions, specific protocols for returning a student to learning after a concussion is essential. Because students typically appear well physically after a concussion, parents, educators, school administrators, and peers may not fully appreciate the extent of symptoms and deficits experienced by a student with a concussion.The lack of outward physical symptoms of illness may make it difficult for school officials to recognize the need for accommodations for a student with a concussion. Knowledge about the potential effects of concussions on learning, and appropriate management of the return-to-learn process, is critical for helping students recover from a concussion.
Concussions are both a medical and educational concern. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction have provided several resources to asisst the general public in understanding the policy SHLT-001, titled Return-to-Learn After Concussion. You can find that information on the NCDPI website at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/studentsupport/psychology/concussion-management/
Below are documents that RCS uses to work with families of students who have received a concussion. For more information regarding Return to Learn, contact Tammy Barker, Lead School Nurse, 623-9791.