My daughter was suspended from 6th grade. Yes you read that right... suspended. Emily. E-M-I-L-Y.
Was she fighting? Nope. Breaking school property? No. Stealing? No way. My good, sweet, honor student daughter was suspended for lack of receiving the hepatitis B vaccination series.
I was shocked yesterday when I opened a letter from the school saying that her vaccinations are not up to date and therefore by some code that she has been suspended from school. Of course I freak out as this is the first documentation I have received on the matter, plus I didn't even have a clue as to what vaccination she needed. After a call to the school to find out it was the Hepatitis B series, I frantically spent two hours and lots of tears finding an appointment for Emily to get her shots on Monday morning. When Emily came home from school I told her the bad news. She informed me that she would rather be suspended then get a shot.
This morning I will still upset about the matter. I mean come on. I have gotten Sam's vaccinations for Kindergarten a year early because that is how on the ball I am about these things. I decided to pull out Em's shot records and see how I managed to forget such an item. I thought maybe it was something that they get upon entry to middle school. I looked at her record and right there in black and white it showed 3 hep B shots. All three in 1996.
I took her records to the school and after cross checking her file it appears that when we first moved to Illinois back in 1998 the doctor office forgot to enter the shots into the computer system. The shot records that were in Em's preschool and elementary file were from Illinois, not Ohio, therefore showing her as being incomplete. When I asked the nurse how it was never caught when we moved here last summer she told me the bigger question was how come it was never caught, at three different schools, until she went to this middle school. Makes you wonder what else schools are missing.
So my daughter has been "unsuspended". The nurse ripped up the letter out of Emily's file so there will never be a record of any of this. And her shot files has been updated. Sheeeeeew.