News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 13, 2012

VCSC excludes students not immunized for chickenpox

220 students will be out 21 days

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Vigo County School Corp. reported today that about 220 students had to be excluded because they are not fully immunized against chickenpox, said Ray Azar, director of student services.

No staff had to be excluded, school officials said this afternoon.

Those not optimally immunized will be excluded for 21 days from the last documented case at school, per state Department of Health regulations. That will vary by school.

Of the 220 students, 71 actually went to school this morning. Their families were notified and those children had to leave school, Azar said.

Initially, the district estimated that about 1,300 students and staff faced possible exclusion because they needed additional immunizations, records of immunization or documentation they’ve previously had chickenpox.