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MNPS 7th Graders Sent Home For Not Being Immunized

MNPS 7th Graders Sent Home For Not Being Immunized

CREATED Aug 20, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Students enrolled in Metro Nashville Public Schools have been back in class for more than a week, but a huge number of them are still missing something important.

Around 24 percent of 7th graders -- that's almost one in four --were sent home from school Wednesday because they did not have the necessary shots for immunization requirements.

The grace period to get those required shots has ended and now students will accumulate unexcused absences.

District officials have urged parents to get immunizations taken care of quickly. Workers with the Health Department said planning ahead before school starts is key.

“Plan ahead, plan to see your doctor in the early months of the summer, so you don’t wait until it’s too late and then have to be kicked out of school,” said Sanjana Stamm with the Metro Health Department.

This same time last year, 18 percent of 7th graders didn't have their shots.