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Posted February 24, 2015

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Thanks ABQ for Helping to Keep our Kids Healthy

Dr. Winter writes a letter of appreciation to all who worked to get students vaccinated in light of the national measles outbreak.

Dear APS Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your help in addressing what could have been a health crisis for our community. A couple of weeks ago, we decided to step up our enforcement of state and district immunization requirements in light of the measles outbreak in surrounding states.

In Albuquerque Public Schools, student safety is of the utmost importance, so we set a Feb. 20 deadline for students to get their shots updated or provide a state-approved exemption form. Students who didn’t meet this deadline wouldn’t be allowed to return to school.

We’re happy to report that of the more than a thousand students who weren’t immunized a couple of weeks ago, more than two thirds have met the deadline, and many more have made appointments to get vaccinated. A handful has filed the paperwork for a state exemption.

Fewer than 250 students in our 149 schools had to be sent home Monday because they weren’t in compliance with the law. We are diligently working with those families in an effort to get these students back in school as soon as possible. This is especially important because students start taking state-required tests next week.

We appreciate the efforts of our families, school nurses, principals and staff as well as community health care providers who have worked to address this issue. Thanks, Albuquerque, for supporting your public schools.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brad Winter, APS Interim Superintendent

 

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