Health & Wellness
The primary purpose of Health Services is to encourage positive health practices among all students at the Academy. Each student is responsible for their own health practices and may wish to consider the following in making choices about their lifestyle:
In addition, Health Services encourages communication between students and parents and works to facilitate better understanding so that the needs and goals of both parties may be satisfied.
Please read: Letter to parents from Director of Health Services
- Medical Authorization Form
- Physical Exam & Immunization Form
- Health History Form (for new students only)
- Proof of Student Accident & Sickness Insurance Plan
- Permission for Prescribed Medication
- Informed Consent form
Note: All forms should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
School immunization requirements exist to protect students and members of the community from serious vaccine-preventable diseases by ensuring high vaccine rates.
WMA follows the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines. Students must be up to date with required immunizations in order to attend school. A medical or religious exemption is acceptable if we receive documentation from a parent and primary care physician at the start of the academic year.
There has been one change in vaccine requirements for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please see the New Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine Requirement for School Entry information listed below.
*All students entering Grades 7 and 11 will need meningococcal conjugate vaccine, MenACWY (brand names Menactra and Menveo) for school entry.
- Grade 7 entry: one dose of MenACWY for all students
- Grade 11 entry: one booster dose of MenACWY received on or after 16 years of age (one or more doses of MenACWY are acceptable as long as one dose was received on or after 16 years of age).
REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR SCHOOL ENTRY
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MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) - VIS form
- Two doses required, first dose given after first birthday
- Minimum of four weeks between doses
- Blood work showing positive titres is acceptable
DPT, DTaP, Td (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) - VIS form
- Five doses mandatory for school entry
- Boosters every 10 years.
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) - VIS form
- One dose required before entering grade 7
POLIO (IPV, OPV) - VIS form
- Four doses mandatory for school entry.
- If four doses are given before age 4, then a fifth dose is required.
- Child is required to have a polio vaccine after age 4.
VARICELLA (chicken pox) - VIS form
- Two doses varicella OR positive titer OR history of disease.
- Minimum of four weeks between doses if age 13 or older
HEPATITIS B - VIS form
- Three doses OR positive titer
- Minimum four weeks between Doses 1 and 2
- Minimum three months between Doses 2 and 3
MenACWY (Menactra or Menveo) - VIS form
- Grade 7 entry: One dose of MenACWY for all students
- Grade 11 entry: One booster dose of MenACWY received on or after age 16 (one or more doses of MenACWY are acceptable as long as one dose was received on or after age 16).
Recommended Vaccines (may be administered at WMA if requested):
Dear Parents and Guardians,
On Aug. 21, Massachusetts health officials mandated that all students attending school in the state of Massachusetts receive a flu vaccine before Dec. 31, 2020. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to help reduce flu-related illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is especially important to get the flu vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic because:
- Flu vaccination reduces the prevalence and severity of illness caused by the flu, reducing symptoms that might be confused with those of COVID-19
- It will reduce the overall burden of respiratory illness and will protect people at higher risk for severe illness of both flu and COVID-19
- The reduction of outpatient illnesses, hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions from flu vaccination will alleviate stress on the health care system
WMA's Health Services Office will be administering the flu vaccine to all our residential students after receiving the signed informed consent from a parent or guardian. I am asking our day student families to get their children immunized by their primary care providers or local pharmacies that offer the flu vaccine. If we have additional flu vaccines after immunizing our residential students, I will offer the remaining vaccines to our day students.
Parents of day students, please send me proof of immunization against influenza as soon as your child receives the vaccine. The deadline for receiving the vaccine is Dec. 31, 2020. Please contact me if you have any questions.
For additional information, see https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/protect-your-health.html
Thank you as always for your continued support and understanding.
Director of Health Services
- Letter to parents from Director of Health Services
- Health Services Handbook for 2020-2021
- United Healthcare Student Resource health insurance information for International Students - Summary
- United Healthcare Student Resource health insurance information for International Students - Certificate
- New Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY) Requirement for School Entry