As Johnson County schools began classes during the past few weeks, school nurses were making sure families were aware of and in compliance with a new shot rule that went into effect last school year.

Now, 12th-graders are required to get meningitis booster shots.

Most families are in compliance with the new rules, and officials are expecting families that haven’t gotten the shots yet to have it done by late September or early October.

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Center Grove schools began sending out notifications to parents in February that children’s immunization records were due this fall. The district will call any families that still don’t have the records updated in September, said spokeswoman Stacy Conrad.

Libby Cruzan, nursing coordinator for Greenwood Community schools, said there are still a few seniors at Greenwood Community High School who hadn’t turned in proof they had gotten their shots.

Until they’re all in, the district will continue reaching out to them, she said.

But most parents already know the requirements and are meeting them, since they have been in place since last school year, nurses said.

“I feel like parents know what’s expected and with not having changes, it makes it a lot easier. Everyone knows what’s coming,” said Amanda Martin, health services coordinator for Franklin community schools.

At a glance

Here is a look at the vaccinations Indiana students are required to have:

Kindergarten: hepatitis B, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, varicella, hepatitis A and a DTaP shot, which includes tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria

Sixth grade: tetanus, pertussis and meningitis

Twelfth grade: meningitis

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Anna Herkamp is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2712.