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More Than a Third of 7th Grade Students Lack Required Immunizations

Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 14, 2017 –Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) announced today that more than a third of MNPS seventh graders have not shown proof of immunization—putting at risk the health and safety of students and their attendance at school.

“Our first reporting window was last week on Aug. 8, 2017. These newer numbers were reported Friday, Aug. 10, 2017,” said Dr. Tony R. Majors, executive officer of Student Services. “Students and parents have until Wednesday, Aug. 16 to turn in proof of their immunizations. Beginning Thursday, Aug. 17, students will not be allowed to return to school without proof of immunization.”

Here are the numbers:

  • Total Enrollment - 4623
  • Noncompliant - 1721
  • District Percentage: 37.23%

This report does include Gra-Mar, Madison and Margaret Allen. It does not include Bellevue Middle School which did not report Friday. The next update will be later today.

“Despite our efforts to inform families of the additional immunizations required for 7th grade, we continue to see large numbers of students arrive without proof they have had these vaccines,” Majors said. “We are asking local media to elevate reporting and awareness around this issue.”

The law requires parents to provide an updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate with proof of two additional immunizations before entering 7th grade:

  1. Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster (“Tdap”): required regardless of Td history (2013 update)
  2. Verification of immunity to varicella; (2 doses or history of disease)

Students can receive the immunizations, or obtain the updated certificate if they have already had the immunizations, from their doctor or, if eligible, from the Metro Public Health Department. The Health Department clinics are open from 8-4:30 Monday-Friday at Lentz, Woodbine and East locations.


Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 88,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.