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Spotsy faulted for changing H1N1 consent form

Rappahannock Health District Director John Petrasky has directed Spotsylvania school officials to withdraw the H1N1 consent form the school division had been distributing to parents.

Petrasky said the state consent form is a legal document that isn’t to be altered. Superintendent Jerry Hill said the school division had changed the form in attempt to keep school nurses out of the position of giving medical advice.

Spotsylvania changed the form to require parents of children with certain medical conditions to get their doctors’ permission to get the shot but Petrasky said doctors’ permission is not required.

Later today, the state health department version of the form was to be posted on the school division web site, Hill said. But as of 2:30 p.m., the altered form was still there.

Check out the state consent form, the one Spotsylvania had revised, and a letter from Dr. Petrasky informing local doctors of the "unauthorized modification" and stating that he told Spotsylvania officials the form "must be corrected." The instructions under Section D, "Student Health History," were the most significant change to the form, per Petrasky.

See the full story in tomorrow’s Free Lance-Star.

BREAKING NEWS: The Health District is out of vaccine so Spotsylvania students won’t be getting shots tomorrow. Spotsylvania had been scheduled to launch its vaccinations starting with elementary students during an evening session tomorrow. No information is available yet on when Spotsylvania will be rescheduled.