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December 11, 2006

The issue: School officials announced in May a new state requirement that preschool to ninth-grade students show proof of Hepatitis B and chickenpox vaccinations, or a doctor's documentation of chickenpox disease. The requirement was new for sixth- to ninth-grade students. The vaccinations were to be enforced in September, but an emergency regulation extended the deadline to Jan. 1, 2007.

What's new: Officials recently announced that 27 percent of Washington County's sixth- to ninth-graders are not compliant with the requirements.

What's next: If the students do not comply, they may be excluded from school beginning Jan. 20, 2007.

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