August 30, 2005
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) late today announced that normal immunization requirements for attending school or child-care facilities in Texas are being temporarily waived for children displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Students who will be staying with family members, friends or others in Texas will be given a 30-day provisional enrollment. DSHS officials said the department could extend the provisional enrollment period depending on hurricane recovery progress in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
Normally, students moving to Texas from other states are required to show proof of required immunizations before they are allowed to attend school.
A special form allowing the 30-day provisional enrollment will be available from the schools and child-care facilities.
(News media: for more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7524.)