Albuquerque Public Schools students without a measles vaccination have 10 days to get vaccinated or provide a state waiver form in order to be allowed to return to the classroom, district official said Tuesday.
APS sent letters home to parents with students whose immunization records are not up-to-date informing them they have until Feb. 20 to provide proof of immunization or a state-approved exemption form.
Should a case of measles show up in a school, those students who are not vaccinated – even if they have an exemption – will likely have to miss three weeks of school, the district also said.
Both state law and APS policy require students be vaccinated. The recent outbreak in California has since spread to 17 states, including three that border New Mexico, prompting APS to strictly enforce the policy, interim Superintendent Brad Winter said in a letter to principals.
“Due to the recent outbreak of measles throughout the country, it has come to my attention that there are students who are not up-to-date on their immunizations and currently attending APS schools,” Winter wrote.