Kanawha seventh- and 12th-graders who have not received newly required vaccinations are still being allowed to attend school.
Brenda Isaac, the county's chief school nurse, said nurses are still attempting to contact parents about the new requirements. She said students can continue attending school if their parents promise to send updated shot records, plan to get their children vaccinated at a soon-coming doctor's appointment or vow to take their child to an upcoming vaccination clinic.
"If the parents are saying, 'Yes, I'm going to take them,' we're not going to make them stay home until then," she said. "So far we've not had any students that have refused that we've had to excuse."
Beginning this school year, students are required to receive meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines before their seventh- and 12th-grade years.
And despite months of media reports about the requirements, Isaac said some parents are still in the dark.
"We're still finding people who are saying they didn't know anything about it," she said.
She said nurses have spent much of their time since school started last month trying to contact parents, to make sure student shot records are up to date.
"It's not as easy as it sounds because it's not always easy to get someone on the phone. It's required a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of manpower," she said.
There are other extenuating circumstances.
She said some children have recently moved in with one of their parents, their grandparents or another guardian and have no copies of their records.