Letter to Parents of Rising Sixth-Grade Students Regarding Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

DATE: April 27, 2018
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D., Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

Letter to Parents of Rising Sixth-Grade Students Regarding Human Papillomavirus Vaccine


The 2007 General Assembly passed legislation that requires the Virginia Department of Health to provide parents/guardians of rising sixth-grade girls with information on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that girls 11-12 years old receive the vaccine.  In 2011, the CDC provided additional recommendation that boys 11-12 years old also receive the HPV Vaccine.

For additional information on HPV, please visit the following website link http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/immunization/requirements/: This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. .

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will no longer provide print copies of the HPV letter for distribution to parents/guardians.  School divisions must print copies of the HPV letter or provide the letter on their website, in the student handbook or during orientation.

For additional information, please contact Tracy White, School Health Specialist, by email at link Tracy.White@doe.virginia.gov: Email link. ; or by telephone (804) 786-8671.


Attention 5th Grade Parents

Virginia state law requires that all rising sixth grade students provide written proof of having received a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster shot if at least five years have passed since the last shot (listed as Dtap, Td or DT).  Please plan to have your child immunized as soon as possible and provide documentation of the shot to me before the end of the school year.  Failure to comply with this state law will result in your child’s exclusion from school on the very first day of middle school in September 2013.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

It’s Allergy Season!

With the beginning of spring, pollen will begin to cause symptoms in our sensitive children.  If your child takes medicine for seasonal allergies, please be sure to treat them promptly so that they can remain in class.  Also be aware that I can rinse children’s eyes when they are irritated, but I do not have allergy drops to give them.