Maine's New Immunization Law

April 26, 2021    

Dear Parents, Guardians and families,

We want to take this opportunity to remind parents of an upcoming change to Maine’s immunization laws.

Signed in May of 2019, LD 798 becomes effective September 1, 2021.  While this legislation does not change the immunizations needed to attend public school in Maine, it does eliminate exemptions for philosophical and religious reasons.  Required State of Maine immunizations remain:

Grade level

Required immunizations

Grades Pre-K - 6

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella

Grades 7 - 12

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella, meningococcal disease

Starting September 1, 2021, the only exemptions recognized by the State are medical exemptions and exemptions for qualifying students with an Individualized Education Plan.  For more information regarding qualifying exemptions, please contact your child’s school nurse.

School

Nurse

Phone Number

Carl Lamb Elementary School

Amy Humphrey

608-8790

Sanford Pride Elementary (Willard School)

Deb Toothaker

608-8767

Margaret Chase Smith School

Mary Boone

206-1797

Sanford Middle School

Shawnda Lapointe

324-3566

Sanford High School

Lynn Signore

206-1708

At this time, COVID-19 immunizations are not included in State of Maine legislation.  We will notify parents immediately if immunization requirements change.

Sincerely,

Steve Bussiere, Assistant Superintendent