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On June 30, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law, SB 277, which eliminates the personal and religious belief exemptions for vaccinations.
Starting January 1, 2016, Personal Beliefs Exemptions will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into school or child care in California.
Shots for School SB277 FAQ
California’s Immunization Requirements
California law generally requires that children be up-to-date on their immunizations to attend school. The following chart displays the immunization requirements for entry into Da Vinci and other public and private schools:
*New admissions to 7th grade should also meet the requirements for ages 7-17 years.
Submission of Immunization Information:
Unless one of the below exemptions apply, you must provide Da Vinci with immunization records if your child is:
K-8 families that need to provide immunization records to Da Vinci must submit this information by August 1, 2016 to Lynne Yoon, Da Vinci Innovation Academy, 13500 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250.
Da Vinci schools cannot admit new students or any student into the seventh grade unless the school has proof the students have met the immunization requirements or that an immunization exemption applies.
Exemptions to the Immunization Requirements:
There are exemptions to California’s immunization requirements that may apply to your family.
Personal Belief Exemption:
The personal belief exemption (“PBE”) allows families to submit a form to the school to explain that vaccinations are against their personal beliefs. The PBE form allows their children to attend schools without meeting the immunization requirements. However, recent changes to California’s immunization law phase out the PBE.
The PBE focuses compliance on “grade spans”: Pre-K, K-6, and 7-12. A student’s PBE form filed with a Da Vinci school before January 1, 2016, is valid until the student enters seventh grade. For example, if a newly-enrolled fourth-grade student submits a valid PBE form, the PBE form will be valid until the student enters seventh grade. The student will not need to provide proof that he or she has met all of the immunization requirements until the start of the seventh grade.
If a Da Vinci student is currently in seventh grade or above, and he or she files a valid PBE form, the PBE form will be valid for the remainder of the student’s tenure in high school. These students can continue to attend Da Vinci schools until they graduate high school without providing proof that they met the immunization requirements.
Note for Incoming Kindergarteners: If a family plans to enroll their child into kindergarten in 2016-17 and the child currently has a valid PBE form on file with his/her current pre-school or TK school, the PBE form will not be valid next year because the child will be entering a new grade span. Families will need to provide proof that incoming kindergarteners meet the immunization requirements.
If you would like to file a PBE form on behalf of your child, please submit a completed PBE form and submit it to Lynne Yoon, Da Vinci Innovation Academy, 13500 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250.
PLEASE NOTE: The state-mandated deadline to submit PBE forms is December 31, 2015. Schools cannot accept PBE forms after the deadline.
HOLIDAY CLOSURE: All Da Vinci schools will be closed from December 21, 2015 through January 1, 2016, therefore completed PBE forms must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2015 in order to be accepted.
For families interested in enrolling in a Da Vinci school for 2016-17, you can transfer a student’s PBE status and form to Da Vinci so long as the student is transferring from a school within California. If you are interested in filing a PBE form, file it with your child’s current school as soon as possible (no later than December 31, 2015), because schools cannot accept new PBE forms after December 31, 2015.
A family may seek a permanent medical exemption to the immunization requirements for a student by submitting a written statement. The written statement must:
If your child qualifies for a medical exemption, please submit a written statement from your child’s physician to Lynne Yoon, Da Vinci Innovation Academy, 13500 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250. The medical exemption will not automatically expire like the PBE once the student enters a new grade span.
Da Vinci may admit students conditionally under the following circumstances:
Temporary Medical Exemptions: Da Vinci may conditionally admit students who provide documentation from a licensed physician that exempts students from particular immunizations for a specified period of time. The student would still need to have all other immunizations other than the exempted immunizations in order to attend school. The student would need to obtain the exempted immunization by the deadlines provided by the student’s physician in order to continue attendance at school. If your child qualifies for a temporary medical exemption, please provide a written statement from child’s physician to Lynne Yoon, Da Vinci Innovation Academy, 13500 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250.
Transfer students: A transfer student may be conditionally admitted to a Da Vinci school for up to 30 school days while his/her immunization records are being transferred from the previous school.
Students who have received some, but not all required immunization doses: Da Vinci can conditionally enroll students who are missing some immunizations. The chart below explains when Da Vinci can conditionally enroll these students:
Based on the immunization records provided by a student, Da Vinci shall determine if the student can be conditionally admitted. Da Vinci schools cannot conditionally admit a student unless he or she meets the requirements in the table above. For example, a fourteen-year-old student who has met all of the immunization requirements other than Varicella can attend school if he or she has obtained the first dose of a Varicella immunization. The student will need to get the second dose in the period between four weeks and three months after the first dose in order to continue attendance.
Da Vinci will make efforts to remind conditionally admitted students and families about the immunization deadlines described in the table above. However, it is the responsibility of the student and family to meet the immunization requirements. If a conditionally admitted student fails to get the required immunizations by the deadlines, Da Vinci shall notify the student and his/her family that the student must obtain the required immunizations within ten school days.
If a student fails to get the required immunizations after the ten school day grace period, the student will not be allowed to return to school until he or she gets the required immunizations. Depending on the circumstances,
We recommend that families also review the California Department of Health’s “Shots for School” webpage at http://www.shotsforschools.org, which includes helpful guidance about California’s immunization requirements.
These requirements can be complicated and we encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions. If you have any questions about this information contained herein or the immunization requirements generally, please contact Lynne Yoon at Da Vinci Innovation Academy, 13500 Aviation Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250, or at email@example.com or our high school enrollment team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated: December 18, 2015
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