Catholic School Health Report and Immunization Requirements
According to Diocesan policy all new students to Holy Family Catholic School and all 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students interested in participating in Diocesan sports must provide the school with evidence of a complete, satisfactory physical examination prior to the first day of school as well as a complete immunization record. This examination may not occur earlier than June 1 immediately preceding the scheduled first day of school. The Catholic School Health Report form is the required document to provide evidence of an examination. A complete immunization record must be provided with this form.
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 physician's 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.
Immunizations must be in accordance with the schedule detailed here.