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Back-to-School Wellness

A checklist for parents and guardians with children starting or returning to school.


Immunizations protect your child from childhood diseases.

Children enrolled in Alaska schools must be immunized against:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTap/DT/Td/Tdap)
  • Polio
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (Chicken pox) through 6th grade
  • Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b) – under age 5 years only

The number of doses and type of vaccine required depends on your child’s age, grade and prior vaccination history. Check with your health care provider for details.

For additional information regarding school immunization requirements, see:

​Tuberculosis Screening

Alaska regulation 7 AAC 27.213 mandates that each public school district and nonpublic school offering pre-elementary education through the 12th grade, or a combination of these grades, assess the tuberculosis (TB) status of each child not later than 90 days after school enrollment.  Starting in the 2016-17 school year, school TB screenings are implemented on a targeted or risk-based approach. Students in communities with current or past evidence of increased risks for TB are screened on an annual basis with a Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or an alternative laboratory-approved method. In low risk school districts, a risk-assessment questionnaire is required for all students new to the district in any grade to determine the need for TB testing.

To learn more about school TB screening requirements, contact your school district. For further information, including lists of high risk and low risk school districts, communities, and boarding schools, go to Section of Epidemiology's Tuberculosis webpage

Well-child checkups

A yearly visit with a health care provider lets you ask questions, track your child’s growth, development and overall health and makes sure your kids are up-to-date on their immunizations.

Though there currently is no state requirement for a physical examination for school entry, some school districts may require children to have a physical examination when first entering school. Contact your school district for their policy on physical examinations.

Many insurance plans cover well-child checkups and immunizations. If your child is on Medicaid or Denali KidCare, the entire cost of the well-child checkups, including immunizations, will be covered.

Staying healthy

Students will be spending their days in crowded settings where germs can spread easily. Simple precautions can keep your child healthy.

Birth certificates

Students entering school for the first time will need a copy of their birth certificate.

You can order an Alaska birth certificate from Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics online. For more information, call 907-465-3391.