Every student enrolled in a Catholic School in the State of Texas shall be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases caused by infectious agents in accordance with the immunization schedule adopted by the Texas Department of State Health Services. A student who fails to present the required evidence shall not be accepted for enrollment. The only exception to the foregoing requirement is a medical exemption signed by a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) authorized to practice in the State of Texas, including the physicians license number.
Immunizations are not in conflict with the Catholic faith. Conscientious objections or waivers, which may be permissible for attendance in public schools, do not qualify as an exemption in Catholic Schools in Texas. (Atty. Gen. Op. GA-0420)
This policy was adopted by Texas Catholic Conference Education Department, December 2008 and voted on April 3, 2017 to keep as written with no changes by the Bishops of Texas.
Guidelines for Keeping Our Students Healthy
Illnesses like the flu (influenza) and colds are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu and colds usually spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. To stop the spread of germs, you must cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, wash hands with soap and water often, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and stay home when you are sick. See a doctor when needed. Students with Temperature of 100° or above must stay homeuntil they are fever free without medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) for 24 hours.
Exclusion & Return Guidlines
Oral temperature of 100° or above: Fever free for 24 hours
Vomiting, nausea or severe abdominal pain: Symptom free
Marked drowsiness or lethargy: Symptom free
Sore throat, acute cold or persistent cough: Symptom free
Red, inflamed or discharging eyes: Written doctor release
Skin rashes or eruptions: Written doctor release
Swollen glands around jaws, ears or neck: Written doctor release
Suspected scabies or impetigo: Written doctor release
ANY skin lesion in the weeping stage: Covered & diagnosed as non-contagious
Earache: Symptom free
Head lice: Lice and nit (egg) free