ROCKLAND, Maine — The Regional School Unit 13 superintendent issued a news release Wednesday that the district will be contacting parents of children who have not yet been immunized. Parents will be warned that those students will not be allowed to attend classes after Jan. 11 unless they receive the immunizations or file formal requests for exemptions.

“With the recent information about dramatic increases in whooping cough in Maine and measles nationwide, the district intends to protect its student body from preventable contagious diseases,” Superintendent Lewis Collins stated in the news release.

RSU 13 covers Rockland, Thomaston, St. George, Owls Head, South Thomaston and Cushing.

The vast majority of parents in the RSU 13 community have complied with the law and have

provided evidence of current immunizations, the superintendent stated.

“Our school nurses and staff have been contacting parents, since this past fall, of students for whom we have no such records or written exemptions,” he stated.

The 90-day period of assurance in state law is well past, he added, and the district will now enforce the provisions of the law that require schools to forbid continuing enrollment of these students.

State law allows for medical exemptions or exemptions for philosophical or religious reasons.