Please be advised that on June 13, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill passed by the New York State Legislature, which repeals the provisions of the Public Health Law permitting parents to request an exemption from immunization requirements based upon statements of religious belief. The new law became effective immediately.
As a result, any immunization exemptions previously granted based upon statements of religious belief are no longer accepted, and no new exemptions of this nature will be considered or granted. As of now, the only basis upon which a child may be exempted from immunization requirements is by certification of a licensed New York State physician that there is a medical reason why the child should not be immunized.
This means that all children before they can come to school, other than those who qualify for a medical exemption, must show proof of immunization against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, pertussis, tetanus and (where applicable by grade level) hemophilus influenza type B (HiB), meningococcal disease and pneumococcal disease.
Any child who is presented for enrollment without proof of required immunizations will not be permitted to attend school, or will be excluded after 14 days if appropriate proof has not been presented. This may be extended to no more than 30 days for good cause shown as provided in the Public Health Law. The immunization requirements will apply to all 2019 summer program enrollments and fall enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond.
Where a child has not received the full course of immunizations, s/he will be admitted to school if it is demonstrated that s/he has had at least the first dose of each immunization series required by law, and s/he has age-appropriate appointments to complete the immunization series.
More information about the immunizations are required is available from your child’s pediatrician and from the school nurse at your child’s school. Additional information can be found on the district’s website under STUDENT HEALTH.
We ask parents to give immediate attention to this important message.