California school bars unvaccinated students after measles case shut it down

While classes have resumed after Yuba River Charter School in Nevada City, Calif., shut down because of a measles case, nearly a third of the students are barred from attending due to unmet immunization requirements, according to The Sacramento Bee.

After closing its campus on Tuesday due to a confirmed measles case in one of the school's unvaccinated students, Yuba River resumed classes Wednesday without a large swath of their student population. According to the Bee, 98 of the 300 children enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade are to be quarantined until April 8.

According to a state health annual report on kindergarten vaccination rates, Yuba River has rates well below the required immunization standards. Less than half (43 percent) of the school's kindergartners have up-to-date vaccinations.

In a letter to parents, Ron Charles, director of YRCS, informed the school community that a free drive-up vaccination clinic was to be made available to the students on Thursday.

According to the Bee, health officials have stated that prior to the child's diagnosis, the unvaccinated Yuba River student went to a restaurant in Jackson, Calif.

No additional cases of the measles have been reported at the school to date.

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