The Springfield School Board will debate a policy change next month that would require students to have all needed immunizations on the first day of classes.
Current policy allows students to start the school year without the required shots, but students are then sent home if they have not obtained the immunizations by early October. This year more than 500 students were out of school for one or more days because they did not have the shots they needed.
The policy change could also be accompanied by a stronger push by the district to make it easier for parents to get their children immunized, perhaps in one centralized location. But those details are still being discussed.