Tip: Prepare for the Transition to Summit Middle School Early On

The transition between fifth grade at one of our elementary schools to sixth grade at Summit Middle School can be a little overwhelming, for both students and parents. Two of the things that can be done before a new school starts are ensuring physicals and vaccines are up to date and having an updated action plan if your child takes medication at school.

Summit school nurse Julie Dalbey shares these tips for a smooth transition to SMS.

Tip #1: Is your child scheduled for a routine well- child checkup or physical? Are you aware that your child will need their immunizations status updated prior to entering seventh grade?  Please talk with your child’s healthcare provider at their next appointment to see if your child’s vaccines are current.  Several fifth grade students are caught up and ready to check this box off their to-do list. Please drop off the updated immunization record to your school nurse anytime vaccines are updated.

Seventh Grade requirements ( Yes, this can be done before 6th grade!)

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccination Requirement: Students entering 7th grade shall have a one-time dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

Meningococcal Secondary School Vaccination Requirement: Students entering 7th grade shall have one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine .There is no provisional period to implement this requirement.

Tip#2: Does your child take medication at school?  Don’t forget to ask your child’s specialist for an updated ACTION PLAN if your child has severe allergies, asthma or seizures.

Ms. Dalbey can be contacted at 515-986-0931 with questions.

Julie Dalbey staff photo
Summit Middle School