Zionsville, Ind.—UPDATE: A big-time effort is underway at Zionsville High School to keep the chickenpox outbreak from getting worse. Five cases constitute an official outbreak and there were ten at Zionsville High School, including one faculty member.
Students waited in line Monday to get a vaccine to be allowed into school because hundreds of them either haven't had their vaccinations, or don't have proof of them. They were funneled through a free vaccination clinic so they can go to school this week.
Leaders had to make the decision to not allow anyone inside the school without vaccine records.
"I think that is a great idea for the kids who haven't had chicken pox yet, my daughter already had it," said Zionsville High School parent, Anita Pushpala.
However, other parents are annoyed at the sudden word that without proof, kids couldn't attend school today.
"I find the process a little frustrating, to find out late in the afternoon on a Friday that kids can't be admitted to school. It is hard to believe that they didn't know prior to that," said Zionsville High School parent, Robbin Edwards.
It is already state law that students in sixth through 12th grades have a new dose of the vaccine.
"This is a parent responsibility, as we have highlighted through the incident, so parents check with your schools all over the district," said Superintendent, Dr. Scott Robison.
Boone County health officials warn that while this is the only school with an outbreak, other schools and counties have chickenpox cases right now too.
"We would encourage parents to keep students home or excluded from extracurricular activities if they are showing signs of chicken pox," said Boone County's Environmental Health Division's Director, Joshua Williams.
Now other schools are under close scrutiny to track down records too. Another reminder letter was sent home to Zionsville Middle School parents on Monday.
"We continue to monitor those who have not complied with providing their records at the middle school," Robison said.
Of Zionsville High School's 1,756 students, 570 didn't have paperwork or vaccines. School officials hope to have everything squared away by Tuesday.
Students who either can't or decide not to have the vaccine won't be able to attend school for 21 days. Arrangements have already been made to keep them up to speed with their schoolwork.
On Monday morning about 600 students at Zionsville High School will have to prove they have had all their immunizations or they will not be allowed into the school.
The state declared a health emergency at the high school after diagnosing nearly a dozen cases of the chicken pox in just the first month of school.
The Boone County Health Department held vaccine clinics this weekend so students would have a chance to get the mandatory vaccinations.
A new state law went into effect this school year requiring students in grades six through 12 to have a new dose of the chicken pox vaccine, plus immunizations for whooping cough and meningitis.