WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Hundreds of Piedmont sixth graders won't be allowed to return to school Thursday because they haven't received their Tdap vaccination.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 263 students in Forsyth County, 194 in Guilford County, 34 in Burlington/Alamance, 35 in Rockingham County, 8 in Surry, 4 in Yadkin, 2 in Mount Airy and 1 in both Wilkes County and Asheboro City Schools were still without proof of vaccination.
A state law enacted in 2008 says within 30 calendar days of the first day of school, sixth graders must show proof of vaccination or be suspended until they get the shot.
Wednesday marked the 30 day deadline for many Piedmont school systems.
"We require vaccinations and immunizations to prevent the spread of disease. Certainly it's been in news that we [Forsyth] lead the state I believe in whooping cough cases and this protects against that." said Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Spokesperson Theo Helm.
Helm went on to say, "Certainly when you have children and put a lot of them in one room there is a lot of germs that can be spread back and forth easily. This vaccination protects kids against things like whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria."
Students will not be allowed to return to school until they have proof they've been vaccinated.