The 9-R health and wellness programs work together to create a standardized, consistent health system throughout the district to educate and ensure life-long healthy habits for our youth. We believe health and success in school are interrelated. Schools cannot achieve their primary mission of education if students are not healthy and fit physically, mentally and socially.
The district promotes healthy schools by supporting student and staff wellness, good nutrition, regular physical activity, mental health, comprehensive health education, health services and parent/community involvement as a part of the total healthy learning environment. Schools contribute to the basic health status of students through the support and promotion of good health habits and behaviors. Improved health optimizes student performance potential, as children who eat well-balanced meals and are healthy are more likely to learn in the classroom.
Durango School District 9-R partners with Pediatric Partners of the Southwest to provide our School-Based Health Center. Click here to learn more about our School-Based Health Center.
We know you’re thinking of all the things you need to do to make sure your student is ready for school. Getting vaccinated is an important part of their school readiness and keeps children from catching and spreading diseases that can make them sick and potentially disrupt learning. We wish you and your student a healthy school year!
Required and recommended vaccines
Colorado law requires students who attend a public, private, or parochial kindergarten - 12th grade school to be vaccinated against many of the diseases that vaccines can prevent, unless a Certificate of Exemption is filed. For more information, visit cdphe.colorado.gov/schoolrequiredvaccines.
Your student must be vaccinated against:
Colorado follows recommendations set by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Students must receive their final doses of DTaP, IPV, MMR, and varicella prior to kindergarten entry. Students entering sixth grade must receive one dose of Tdap vaccine prior to entry, even if they are younger than 11 years old. You can view recommended vaccine schedules at cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/parents-adults/resources-parents.html.
Vaccines are recommended for hepatitis A, influenza, meningococcal disease, and human papillomavirus, but are not required for school entry.
Exclusion from school
Your student may be excluded from school if your school does not have an up-to-date Certificate of Immunization, Certificate of Exemption, or in-process plan on file for your student.
If someone gets sick with a vaccine-preventable disease or there is an outbreak at your student’s school and your student has not received the vaccine for that disease, they may be excluded from school activities. That could mean lost learning time for them and lost work and wages for you. For example, if your student has not received an MMR vaccine, they may be excluded from school for 21 days after someone gets sick with measles. Have questions? Talk with a healthcare provider licensed to give vaccines or your local public health agency (LPHA) about which vaccines your student needs or if you have questions. You can read about the safety and importance of vaccines at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/FAQs.html, https://childvaccineco.org/, ImmunizeForGood.com, and cdphe.colorado.gov/immunization-education.
Paying for vaccinations
If you need help finding free or low-cost vaccines and providers who give them, go to COVax4Kids.org, contact your LPHA, or call the Mile High Family Health Line at 303-692-2229 or 1-800-688-7777 to ask about Medicaid contact information. You can find your LPHA at cdphe.colorado.gov/find-your-local-public-health-agency.
Please take your student’s updated Certificate of Immunization to school every time they receive a vaccine.
Need to find your student’s vaccine record? It may be available from the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). Visit COVaxRecords.org for more information, including directions for how to use the CIIS Public Portal to view and print your student’s vaccine record.
If your student cannot get vaccines because of medical reasons, you must submit a Certificate of Medical Exemption to your school, signed by a health care provider licensed to give vaccines. You only need to submit this certificate once, unless your student’s information or school changes. You can get the form at cdphe.colorado.gov/vaccine-exemptions.
If you choose not to have your student vaccinated according to the current recommended schedule, you must submit a Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption to your school. Nonmedical exemptions must be submitted annually at every new school year (July 1st through June 30th of the following year). For Fall 2023, you must submit a new Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption with a date after June 30, 2023. We cannot accept a certificate completed before that date for the following school year. There are two ways to file a nonmedical exemption:
How’s your school doing on vaccinations?
Some parents, especially those with students who have weakened immune systems, may want to know which schools have the highest percentage of vaccinated students. Schools must report immunization and exemption numbers (but not student names or birth dates) to the state health department annually. Schools do not control their specific immunization and exemption rates or establish the Vaccinated Children Standard described in §25-4-911, CRS. Schools must include their MMR immunization and exemption rates from the most recently completed school year in this letter. Schools may choose to also include immunization and exemption rates for other school-required vaccines. Additional immunization and exemption rates can be found at COVaxRates.org.
What is a well-child visit?
A well-child visit is a yearly chance to make sure your kid is healthy, just like an annual or physical exam for adults. Because children change rapidly as they grow, younger children need well-child visits more often than once a year. But after age 3, healthy children can stick to one well-child visit a year. Regular well-child visits build your child’s health records, which can help pediatricians discover any underlying issues and also are important for new pediatricians if you move or change insurance and need to switch doctors.
What to expect at a well-child visit
Just like a physical for an adult, doctors use well-child visits to check that your child is healthy. You will likely get information on sleep, safety for your child, any childhood diseases you should watch for, and other information about what to expect in the next year or so as your child grows. Well-child visits are focused on 3 major tasks: