I was busy doing a Brainpop with my seventh period today when The Enforcer's voice comes across the speaker system.
"Excuse the interruption. Will the following seventh graders please bring their agenda and come to the theater immediately. The list is long, so please be patient."
And then he started reading names.
And more names.
And even more names.
I had paused the Brainpop when he first came over the speaker, and by the time he'd finished, half my class was gone. I could hear kids leaving Mrs. Social Studies' class, and kids in the hallway asking, "Do you know what this is about?" and "Are we in trouble?"
I decided to take a quick peek at my email to see if anything was there, and lo and behold I found an email from The Principal. Apparently nearly half (HALF! HALF!) of our seventh graders did not have an updated immunization record indicating that they had the required booster shots. The State passed a law last year that basically said that seventh graders had to prove that they had their updated shots or they would be suspended from school until the records have been forwarded to the school.
Now, this isn't news. All sixth graders got a letter from The Principal about this with their report cards last spring. All new enrolling seventh graders get a letter about this requirement as well. It's been on the news. The Principal has done EdConnect calls. It's been on the school marquee. Every pediatrician and health department in the state knows about this law and has the forms to provide their patients with the necessary paperwork.
And still, nearly half of the seventh grade hasn't provided the paperwork.
They have until Thursday. It should be interesting to see how many manage to provide the paperwork. And how many don't.
But what's kind of sad, really, is that many of our kids probably haven't had their booster shots, for whatever reason.