Rochester, MN (KROC-AM) - The Rochester School District says the latest tally shows 71 students were kept out of classes Wednesday after they failed to meet a deadline set last week by the Rochester School Board.

The deadline required students to provide documentation showing they had received the immunizations required by state law, or their eligibility for exemptions based on medical or religious reasons. There were more than 200 students on the non-compliance list when that deadline was announced last week.

While the non-compliant students were not allowed to attend class today, they were allowed to remain in their school while staff worked to contact their parents or guardians. In cases where they could not be reached, the students were provided lunch and were sent home at the end of the school day with a letter reiterating the decision not to allow them to attend school until they can show they have been immunized or are exempt from the requirement.

The statement on the issue released by the School district Wednesday afternoon notes the 71 affected students represent just 4/1000th of the over 17,600 students attending the Rochester Public Schools.

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