Updated Aug. 23, 2016

Here we go. The era of “personal belief exemptions” to vaccinations has ended across California, and as schools open, parents who once declined to vaccinate their children are making their choices: vaccinate, home-school or seek a medical exemption.

And public health officials are waiting for the data.

California’s new vaccination law, which often is called by its legislative title Senate Bill 277, went into effect July 1, 2016. To recap: Parents do not have to immunize their children. But under the new law, children must be immunized against 10 serious communicable diseases if they want to attend public or private schools and child care centers. If unvaccinated, children must be home schooled or enrolled in independent study with no classroom instruction.

The only certain exception to the law is for a child who has a medical exemption, which is a note from a doctor attesting that the child’s health condition prohibits vaccinations. Students are affected by the law only at certain checkpoints: upon entering child care, transitional kindergarten or kindergarten; 7th grade; or transferring into schools or child care from out of state or out of the country. Otherwise, the immunization status of students is not an issue.

We will be tracking data on immunization rates as information is released. Public health officials are eager to see what happens in communities where large percentages of children previously have not been fully immunized. Studies have linked clusters of unimmunized children to outbreaks of measles, pertussis and varicella. Use this database to find out how many kindergarten students were vaccinated at any public, charter or private California elementary school in the 2015-16 school year.

In the meantime, here’s what is known about the law and how it is being interpreted:

What does the law say?

Private or public child care centers, preschools, elementary schools and secondary schools cannot admit children unless they are immunized against 10 diseases: diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type b (bacterial meningitis), measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, rubella, tetanus, hepatitis B and chicken pox.

If the California Department of Public Health decides to add other vaccination requirements, parents will be allowed to obtain personal belief exemptions for those new vaccinations.

What did the law change?

The law eliminated the personal belief exemption for required vaccinations. This exemption allowed parents to opt out of vaccinating their children by completing a form, signed by a health care practitioner, attesting that vaccinations were counter to their personal beliefs.

The law also overrode an allowance for religious exemptions to vaccinations that Brown had inserted three years ago into a California Department of Public Health form. The religious exemption was not part of state law.

Are there exemptions to the new law? What about special education?

 Yes, there are at least two: a medical exemption and an exemption for students who are enrolled in homeschooling or independent study without classroom instruction. It is unclear how the law will apply to unvaccinated students who receive special education services. Some districts may consider those students exempt.

Medical: Young children and students may obtain a written medical exemption to vaccinations from a licensed physician medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) There is no standard medical exemption form but the statement must say:

  • That the physical condition or medical circumstances of the child, which may include family medical history, are such that the required immunization(s) is not indicated
  • Which vaccines are being exempted
  • Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary
  • The expiration date, if the exemption is temporary.

Homeschooling or independent study: Starting July 1, 2016, students who attend a home-based private school or an independent study program without classroom-based instruction are not subject to immunization requirements for entry. Home schools and independent study programs are obligated to maintain records of students’ immunization status.

Independent study with classroom instruction: As of July 1, 2016, students in independent study programs that include classroom-based instruction must meet immunization requirements.

Special Education: Are special education students explicitly exempt from vaccination requirements because of their federal right to services? Several school district lawyers said the matter was unclear. In April, the California Department of Public Health declined to answer the question directly, but issued guidance:  “Students who have an individualized education program (IEP) should continue to receive all necessary services identified in their IEP regardless of their vaccination status. However, parents or guardians must continue to provide immunization records for these students to their schools, and schools must continue to maintain and report records of immunizations that have been received for these students (emphasis in the original).” Interpretations vary.

When did the law go into effect?

July 1, 2016, for school enrollment immunization requirements. Jan. 1, 2016 marked the end of the ability to file a personal belief exemption.


Will kindergartners be allowed to enroll “conditionally” if they have not yet completed all of the required vaccinations?

Yes, if they meet certain requirements. Kindergartners must have a mumps and a rubella vaccination before enrolling — there is no conditional enrollment involving the mumps and rubella vaccinations. Kindergartners also must be as current as possible with other immunizations, given the need to space out certain vaccine doses.

Kindergartners may be conditionally admitted with at least one dose of the following vaccines: polio; diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; measles; hepatitus B; and varicella (chicken pox.)

School districts already have their own systems for tracking and following up with kindergartners who are not fully immunized. Whatever systems districts are currently using remain in place.

If students are entering the public school system as transitional kindergartners, these conditional immunization rules apply to them as well.

What about children who currently have personal belief exemptions on file?

Children who before Jan. 1, 2016 held personal belief exemptions to vaccinations are not subject to the new law until they reach their next vaccination checkpoint.

The law defines these checkpoints as “grade spans,” as follows:

  • Birth to preschool,
  • Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten,
  • Grades 7 to 12, inclusive.

For example, a 6th grade student with a personal belief exemption in December 2015 will still have to comply with vaccination requirements upon entering 7th grade, which is a vaccination checkpoint.

If a child has been exposed to one of the 10 diseases named in the immunization requirements and does not have proof of immunization, the child temporarily may be kept out of school.

Will unvaccinated children who move from one California school or district to another have to meet the vaccination requirements of new students?

Not unless the student is entering a vaccination checkpoint grade span — a child care facility or preschool; a transitional kindergarten or kindergarten; or seventh grade. Personal belief exemptions can be transferred between child care facilities and schools in California, both within and across school districts, according to the state. Personal belief exemptions from another state or country are not valid.

What vaccinations are required of unvaccinated students before entering 7th grade?

As of July 1, 2016, all previously unvaccinated students entering 7th grade must provide documentation of the vaccines needed for school entry based on age. These include the polio series, the diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis series, the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and two doses of MMR, according to the California Department of Public Health.

But while immunization against hepatitis B is required for entry to lower grades, the law states that it is not required for entry to 7th grade.

What are the options for parents who do not want to have their children vaccinated?

Parents who do not want to vaccinate have two options for their kindergartners and seventh graders in fall 2016: obtain a medical exemption to vaccinations or enroll in homeschooling or independent study without classroom instruction. If children receive special education services, they may be exempt from immunization requirements, but that policy varies from district to district. See the special education question above.

What is homeschooling and independent study?

According to the California Homeschool Network, parents who wish to homeschool have four options:

The first is to establish their own private home school by filing a private school affidavit. Parents are free to collaborate with other homeschools. Homeschools are required to teach California mandated subject areas, but have latitude as to when and how such subjects are taught.

The second option is to join another private home school and become a “satellite” home school.

Third, parents may enroll in a district or charter public school that offers independent study. The student receives assignments from a teacher but fulfills most of the work independently.

The fourth option is to homeschool a child by hiring a credentialed tutor.


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  1. Michael 3 days ago3 days ago

    We submitted an affidavit in 8/2015. Was a parent-signed letter sufficicent or should that have been a physician signed CDHP form? We understand that this would only be effectived until the next “gate/portal” of 7th grade.

  2. Michelle 4 days ago4 days ago

    Hi- I have a 6-year-old that just started kindergarten this year and he has a personal exemption form on file. Last year he went to the same school and he was in TK. The nurse called today and said that he can not come back to school until he gets his vaccines. Can someone please help me find out the information. I thought that once he had a waiver on file that they had to honor … Read More

    Hi-

    I have a 6-year-old that just started kindergarten this year and he has a personal exemption form on file. Last year he went to the same school and he was in TK. The nurse called today and said that he can not come back to school until he gets his vaccines. Can someone please help me find out the information. I thought that once he had a waiver on file that they had to honor that and they couldn’t make him not go to school until he entered into jr.high. Please someone give me a link or correct info because I want my son to be able to go to school at least until jr.high and now this nurse is saying this and we do NOT believe in vaccinations. Thank You so much

  3. Michelle 5 days ago5 days ago

    My daughter, who is 6, is a kindergartener attending a new school. We have a PBE from 2016 from a previous elementary school on file but the new school says that because she switched districts, they are requiring her to be fully vaccinated before entry. Is this true? I can’t find anything online. I believed (because that’s the only information on file) that her exemption goes with her throughout California.

  4. Joel Holmes 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    Why don't California's so-called "public" schools try to "solve" a simple problem--such as e.g., "public" school students catching/transmitting head lice and other skin infestations? Laws such as the CA compulsory "vaccination" law, are exactly what happens when a State has a Governor For Life-similar to such places, as e.g., Cuba, North Korea, or Zimbabwe! Read More

    Why don’t California’s so-called “public” schools try to “solve” a simple problem–such as e.g., “public” school students catching/transmitting head lice and other skin infestations? Laws such as the CA compulsory “vaccination” law, are exactly what happens when a State has a Governor For Life-similar to such places, as e.g., Cuba, North Korea, or Zimbabwe!

  5. Lee Ann 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    People are not even sure what is in these vaccinations! Each year it is more and more. Why only children, what about people traveling here, people moving to California, people in transit, what about people who have never received these shots, what about people who are not documented. I am not on board with this because it is not fair all the way around. The people here are not spreading germs, … Read More

    People are not even sure what is in these vaccinations! Each year it is more and more. Why only children, what about people traveling here, people moving to California, people in transit, what about people who have never received these shots, what about people who are not documented. I am not on board with this because it is not fair all the way around. The people here are not spreading germs, its the people coming from wherever. The California law should be to protect people from coming here to spread diseases to California.

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

      Hi Lee Ann. Unvaccinated California children and adults have become ill with vaccine-preventable communicable diseases, such as measles, when they travel to Europe and other countries where vaccination rates are low. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of vaccine ingredients on its website heree: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/vaccine-decision/index.html

      • Pj gildernew 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

        Ms Adams, I have found it interesting that most if not all of the people infected with targeted deseases have been immunized against those particular deseases such as the outbreak of whooping cough in California 2014 and yet they still get sick. Doesnt that make you wonder about the true effectiveness of the shot? (please google LATimes article...why did so many california kids get whooping cough despite being vacinated?) Of course our wonderful politicians NEVER allow … Read More

        Ms Adams,
        I have found it interesting that most if not all of the people infected with targeted deseases have been immunized against those particular deseases such as the outbreak of whooping cough in California 2014 and yet they still get sick. Doesnt that make you wonder about the true effectiveness of the shot? (please google LATimes article…why did so many california kids get whooping cough despite being vacinated?) Of course our wonderful politicians NEVER allow a crisis to go to waste and this is certainly another case of that! Once again government is taking away our liberty and rights as parents and citizens to make choices how we live our lives.

      • Blossom Borba 1 week ago1 week ago

        Vaccinated children have also caught these diseases. It isn’t only unvaccinated children. The unvaccinated children are being segregated; there is no real justification for this.

  6. Melissa 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    Where does the law say but requires polio and varicella vaccines for 7th grade? http://Www.Shotsforschool.org and the linked law do not mention those being required, so I’m confused. Thanks

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

      Hi Melissa. I can see why you're confused. The California Department of Public Health has two sets of 7th grade requirements to allow parents of previously unvaccinated students time to catch up. To start 7th grade, a student must have had a booster dose or one dose of the tetanus, diptheria and pertussis vaccine and two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. But all 7th graders must become up-to-date as quickly as possible … Read More

      Hi Melissa. I can see why you’re confused. The California Department of Public Health has two sets of 7th grade requirements to allow parents of previously unvaccinated students time to catch up.
      To start 7th grade, a student must have had a booster dose or one dose of the tetanus, diptheria and pertussis vaccine and two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
      But all 7th graders must become up-to-date as quickly as possible on all vaccines, including polio and varicella. The vast majority of students are already up-to-date on these vaccines because they followed the childhood vaccination schedule. http://www.shotsforschool.org/k-12/

  7. Tatiana 1 month ago1 month ago

    We are moving to California from Europe and we have 2 children. Son is 12 years old and he has all vaccinations required in my country and I think also in the USA. But my daughter is 5 years old and according to immunization programme in the USA , she has got everything except one dose of MMR vaccine. We have this immunization when child is 15 months old and then at the age … Read More

    We are moving to California from Europe and we have 2 children. Son is 12 years old and he has all vaccinations required in my country and I think also in the USA. But my daughter is 5 years old and according to immunization programme in the USA , she has got everything except one dose of MMR vaccine. We have this immunization when child is 15 months old and then at the age of 10. Does it mean she will be refused to enter the kindergarten?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

      Hi Tatiana. The school entrance requirements call for students to be current on vaccinations that are due. Entering kindergartners or transitional kindergartners are required to have 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. You mention that in Europe, a child receives the second dose of MMR at age 10. Are you opposed to having your daughter receive the second MMR dose at age 5? It seems possible that the school would "conditionally" admit your daughter if … Read More

      Hi Tatiana. The school entrance requirements call for students to be current on vaccinations that are due. Entering kindergartners or transitional kindergartners are required to have 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. You mention that in Europe, a child receives the second dose of MMR at age 10. Are you opposed to having your daughter receive the second MMR dose at age 5? It seems possible that the school would “conditionally” admit your daughter if you agree to return paperwork showing that she’s had the second dose shortly after entering school. The other option that would allow her to attend school would be a medical exemption from a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.). Jane

  8. Jimmy King 1 month ago1 month ago

    I have a son who has a PBE filed before 1/1/16 and will be entering 7th grade this fall. He goes to a private school and signed a contract for his 7th grade year on 5/1/16. Does this count as an enrollment date for the July 1st deadline, so therefore he will be exempt in his 7th-12th grade years?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 month ago1 month ago

      Hi Jimmy. No, your son’s personal belief exemption was only valid until the next grade span, which begins in 7th grade, regardless of when you signed a contract to enroll.

  9. April Cook 1 month ago1 month ago

    This was really interesting to read. I didn’t know that California now required vaccinations for children entering public school. I’ll have to tell my sister to make sure her kids are up to date. If you home school your kids but they participate in public school run sports programs will they need to be vaccinated? Thanks for sharing this great information!

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 month ago1 month ago

      Hi April. It seems that if you home school your kids but they are on a public school sports team, they would have to be up to date on vaccinations. That would seem true because kids who are enrolled in independent study at a school must be vaccinated if they receive classroom instruction — in other words, if they are around a group of kids.

  10. Nat Sandberg 2 months ago2 months ago

    Hi! I am confused a bit, could you pls help me! We moved to the US recently. My kid will attend SF public school. We have incomplete immunization requirements: there are 2 vaccines she never had. We are going to catch up them. The question is: won't be my child accepted to school until we complete all the doses? For example, as I know it takes time the doses are to be completed. Does it … Read More

    Hi! I am confused a bit, could you pls help me! We moved to the US recently. My kid will attend SF public school. We have incomplete immunization requirements: there are 2 vaccines she never had. We are going to catch up them. The question is: won’t be my child accepted to school until we complete all the doses? For example, as I know it takes time the doses are to be completed. Does it mean that my kid is just refused to get education until we provide all the requirements? I am very concerned about it. Thanks in advance.

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 month ago1 month ago

      Hi Nat. Your daughter will be admitted to K-6th grade and you will be given time to catch up on vaccinations as long as she has had a mumps and a rubella vaccination before enrolling and at least one dose of the following vaccines: polio; diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; measles; hepatitis B; and varicella (chicken pox.)

  11. G 2 months ago2 months ago

    We moved to a new school last year and I filed the waiver when asked for immunization records, child is within gradespan, earlier this year (they send this out every year as admission to next grade level is not automatic) we had to submit new registration for placement in the next grade year and it was accepted, there was no question in the online form asking for current immunizations. Does this acceptance mean, we don't … Read More

    We moved to a new school last year and I filed the waiver when asked for immunization records, child is within gradespan, earlier this year (they send this out every year as admission to next grade level is not automatic) we had to submit new registration for placement in the next grade year and it was accepted, there was no question in the online form asking for current immunizations. Does this acceptance mean, we don’t have to worry about getting the shots until next gradespan? Thanks!

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 month ago1 month ago

      Hi G. You should not have to provide current immunization records until the next gradespan.

  12. Amy Miko 2 months ago2 months ago

    I have 2 kids who have never been vaccinated and I am asked to sign a waiver everytime it’s time for another scheduled vaccination. Is this considered a waiver? What is legally acceptable for this new law.

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    • Michelle 1 month ago1 month ago

      Having personally been inoculated, as well as my now 27 year old child, I am against loading my grandchildren with the various poisons set forth by the Governments. The illnesses we all face, as a result of poisons we received, are unfathomable. No Government should demand this upon a child, for they are too young to make decisions for themselves, let alone face the many illnesses they will encounter along life's path. … Read More

      Having personally been inoculated, as well as my now 27 year old child, I am against loading my grandchildren with the various poisons set forth by the Governments. The illnesses we all face, as a result of poisons we received, are unfathomable. No Government should demand this upon a child, for they are too young to make decisions for themselves, let alone face the many illnesses they will encounter along life’s path. It’s just my opinion based on the health of myself and all the others that were inoculated as children. How can we overturn this State Law passed in California? Advice please. Thank you.

    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 month ago1 month ago

      Hi Amy. Not sure what those waivers are. As of Jan. 1, 2016, personal belief exemptions are no longer available. The only legally acceptable waiver now is a medical waiver.

  13. Anna Smith 2 months ago2 months ago

    If enrichment/optional site based classes are held for K-8th grade students through an Independent Study public school, must students who attend these classes (i.e. 2 days a week for up to five hours a day) be vaccinated/conditional or covered by IEP or PBE exemptions?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 month ago1 month ago

      Hi Anna. Yes. Home-schooled students who attend enrichment classes at a public school must be vaccinated or covered by a 2015 or earlier personal belief exemption that applies to their current grade span, i.e., a personal belief exemption for a 4th grader would be valid until the student enters the next vaccination grade-span at 7th grade.

  14. Marie 2 months ago2 months ago

    We are considering an Independent Study program that offers certain courses in a classroom setting. In order to get college prep credit for her Biology class, she will be required to attend a Lab with other students for 2 hours, one day per week. She will also be required to attend an Art class with other students for 2 hours, one day per week. Her PBE "expired" at the end of her … Read More

    We are considering an Independent Study program that offers certain courses in a classroom setting. In order to get college prep credit for her Biology class, she will be required to attend a Lab with other students for 2 hours, one day per week. She will also be required to attend an Art class with other students for 2 hours, one day per week. Her PBE “expired” at the end of her 8th grade year. Can I enroll her in this type of program?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 2 months ago2 months ago

      Hi Marie. It sounds as if your student is in high school and high school is not a vaccination checkpoint, so she should be fine attending a biology lab and an art class. The law defines vaccination checkpoints as “grade spans,” as follows: Birth to preschool, Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten, Grades 7 to 12, inclusive. Personal belief exemptions are no longer given, but her personal belief exemption was valid when she entered 7th … Read More

      Hi Marie. It sounds as if your student is in high school and high school is not a vaccination checkpoint, so she should be fine attending a biology lab and an art class. The law defines vaccination checkpoints as “grade spans,” as follows:

      Birth to preschool,
      Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten,
      Grades 7 to 12, inclusive.

      Personal belief exemptions are no longer given, but her personal belief exemption was valid when she entered 7th grade, so she is covered through 12th grade. If the high school asks, you may be required to present a copy of the personal belief exemption she had in 6th grade that allowed her to enter 7th grade.

  15. Penelope 2 months ago2 months ago

    Hi everyone. A good website for details is http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/sb277faq/#Q11 According to this page, if you have a pbe on file before the start of this year, that exemption is good until the next grade spans. The grade spans are kindergarten to 6th grade and 7-12th. So, if your child was in the 2nd grade last year and had a pbe on file they would be good through 6th grade. If your child … Read More

    Hi everyone. A good website for details is http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/sb277faq/#Q11 According to this page, if you have a pbe on file before the start of this year, that exemption is good until the next grade spans. The grade spans are kindergarten to 6th grade and 7-12th. So, if your child was in the 2nd grade last year and had a pbe on file they would be good through 6th grade. If your child was in the 7th grade last year and got a pbe they would good through 12th (some colleges are now requiring vaccination so battle is not over). If however you were in the 6th grade last year and got a pbe, you would need a new exemption this fall as your child would be entering a new grade span. Philosophical waivers are no longer accepted and can not be turned in. The only exception is a medical waiver.

    I recommend going on to a Facebook group such as California Coalition for Vaccine Choice and finding a doctor to attempt to get a waiver. There is also at least one lawsuit beginning as well and I know a lawyer was looking for parents that this would affect. Again the Facebook group is a good site for lawsuit info. Waivers must be signed by a osteopath or a MD. Home schools seem to vary in if you can take classes or not. I believe Santa Barbara is beginning to scrutinize all medical waivers and sent out a notice stating this.

    Good luck! Find a MD soon that will potentially give you a waiver as I have heard that some doctors have many, many, many people on their waiting list.

  16. Emily 2 months ago2 months ago

    I’m also a bit cloudy on this. My son had a PBE in place for 6th grade. He’s been at the same school since and is now entering a new public high school. He is entering 9th grade. Can I still transfer his PBE to this school (same state) or can I submit a new one before 7/1/2016? Can anyone clear this up? Any advice is appreciated

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 2 months ago2 months ago

      Hi Emily. Your son is entering high school, so he is not facing a vaccination checkpoint. The law defines vaccination checkpoints as “grade spans,” as follows: Birth to preschool, Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten, Grades 7 to 12, inclusive. Personal belief exemptions are no longer given, but his personal belief exemption was valid when he entered 7th grade, so he is covered … Read More

      Hi Emily. Your son is entering high school, so he is not facing a vaccination checkpoint. The law defines vaccination checkpoints as “grade spans,” as follows:

      Birth to preschool,
      Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten,
      Grades 7 to 12, inclusive.

      Personal belief exemptions are no longer given, but his personal belief exemption was valid when he entered 7th grade, so he is covered through 12th grade. If the high school asks, you may be required to present a copy of the personal belief exemption he had in 6th grade that allowed him to enter 7th grade.

  17. Ashley 2 months ago2 months ago

    I think I am still a little bit confused. We signed a PBE at my daughters home preschool before January 1, 2016. She is set to start kindergarten this fall. Can we go ahead and register her for kinder since we have the personal belief exemption on file with her current preschool? I’m getting mixed answers

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 2 months ago2 months ago

      Hi Ashley. No, you won't be allowed to register your daughter for kindergarten without showing proof of vaccination or a medical exemption. The personal belief exemption your daughter had in preschool does not apply to kindergarten. The law defines vaccination checkpoints as “grade spans,” as follows: Birth to preschool; Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten; Grades 7 to 12, inclusive. At those checkpoints, students who attend school must provide proof of … Read More

      Hi Ashley. No, you won’t be allowed to register your daughter for kindergarten without showing proof of vaccination or a medical exemption. The personal belief exemption your daughter had in preschool does not apply to kindergarten. The law defines vaccination checkpoints as “grade spans,” as follows: Birth to preschool; Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten; Grades 7 to 12, inclusive. At those checkpoints, students who attend school must provide proof of immunization or a medical exemption form.

  18. Elizabeth Velazquez 2 months ago2 months ago

    Hello,

    My son will be entering Kinder this fall. My concern is that he needs to “immunized”, I DO NOT want to do such thing to my son. Is there any way I would be able to get a medical exemption?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 2 months ago2 months ago

      Hi Elizabeth. Talk to your son's doctor about why he might qualify for a medical exemption. Here's how it works: Children may obtain a written medical exemption to vaccinations from a licensed physician medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) There is no standard medical exemption form but the statement must say: That the physical condition or medical circumstances of the child, which may include family medical history, are such … Read More

      Hi Elizabeth. Talk to your son’s doctor about why he might qualify for a medical exemption. Here’s how it works: Children may obtain a written medical exemption to vaccinations from a licensed physician medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) There is no standard medical exemption form but the statement must say:

      That the physical condition or medical circumstances of the child, which may include family medical history, are such that the required immunization(s) is not indicated
      Which vaccines are being exempted
      Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary
      The expiration date, if the exemption is temporary.

  19. Yadira 3 months ago3 months ago

    I am having issues registering my daughter in Kindergarten. Her Doctor does not want to give her a medical excempt note. She does, however, have an IEP for speech. Does that exclude her from the bill because of her IEP?

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    • Jackie 1 month ago1 month ago

      Hi Yadira, Your child is exempt from vaccines because of her IEP. There was an amendment to SB277 that went into place this year on January 2016. Print this link out and show it to your district, it is a state and federal law and the district can be sued if they don't comply, this includes if your child is mainstreaming and stated in the IEP. This new law is located in section 2(h): https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277. I … Read More

      Hi Yadira,

      Your child is exempt from vaccines because of her IEP. There was an amendment to SB277 that went into place this year on January 2016. Print this link out and show it to your district, it is a state and federal law and the district can be sued if they don’t comply, this includes if your child is mainstreaming and stated in the IEP. This new law is located in section 2(h):
      https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277. I had issues as well with registration, but when I showed them printout they complied right away. Good luck and I hope this helps.

  20. Jamilla 3 months ago3 months ago

    I have a PBE filed with the district before Jan 1, 2016 and my son will be entering 7th grade. Will this PBE apply to 7-12th grade and will he be grandfathered in?
    Thanks

  21. jen 3 months ago3 months ago

    My son will be entering 7th grade, he's had some vaccines but not all. His school informed me he cannot enter 7th grade without the TDAP, my son does not want to be home schooled, so we got the TDAP. The school now said he needs to be caught up on ALL vaccines. The number of those shots to happen in the next two months makes me very uncomfortable. I cannot believe that we are … Read More

    My son will be entering 7th grade, he’s had some vaccines but not all. His school informed me he cannot enter 7th grade without the TDAP, my son does not want to be home schooled, so we got the TDAP. The school now said he needs to be caught up on ALL vaccines. The number of those shots to happen in the next two months makes me very uncomfortable. I cannot believe that we are being forced to go against our own judgment just to have our children enrolled in school! I’ve compromised on the most concerning vaccines, I am surprised schools will risk the funding they will lose when parents decide to home school. Is it likely this bill will be changed, or is their any way to override it?

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    • Melissa 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

      As far as I have read from the law and this website,http://www.shotsforschool.org/ it’s only mmr and dtap required by the law, not a catch up schedule for 7th grade.

  22. Chris 3 months ago3 months ago

    I’m sorry to say that I’m still not sure how this all works. If my unvaccinated son is in a private preschool and I signed a personal beliefs exemption, and he will enter public school kindergarten this august. Do we have to get him immunized before starting school?

  23. Anne 3 months ago3 months ago

    My child is a 7th grader and has a 504 plan (he has autism) but does not receive any special education classes or services at school. He is in a regular program at school with no aide. Will he be exempt from the bill? My child is only missing 2 vaccinations but I want to space them apart so he wont have received them by August 2016 when school starts and … Read More

    My child is a 7th grader and has a 504 plan (he has autism) but does not receive any special education classes or services at school. He is in a regular program at school with no aide. Will he be exempt from the bill?
    My child is only missing 2 vaccinations but I want to space them apart so he wont have received them by August 2016 when school starts and when the law goes into effect. Can the district legally not allow my child to come to school if he is only missing two vaccinations? (MMR And Polio). Thank you.

  24. Teresa Peters 4 months ago4 months ago

    I see that if the personal belief is on file before Jan of 2016, then a child can transfer between schools, but I need to figure out if a child can go from homeschool back into a regular school or private school.
    Do you know?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 4 months ago4 months ago

      Hi Teresa. Given that you have a personal belief exemption for your child on file before Jan. 1, 2016, I would expect the exemption to be valid when your child moved from a home school to a public or private school, until the next grade span. Where is the exemption on file? If it is on file at a school, I would think that would give you even more clout in making the case. Jane

  25. Nadine Zaleski 4 months ago4 months ago

    I see that no.one attempted to answer Keren's question. Anyone? It's a GREAT question, Keren. When vaccines become SAFE, when the voices of scientists,doctors and parents whose children have been gravely injured by vaccines are not paid settlements that are hushed and shuffled out of court, I would only then consider to vaccinate. When tests and analysis are not performed by the very companies that stand to gain or lose billions of revenue by vaccines, … Read More

    I see that no.one attempted to answer Keren’s question. Anyone? It’s a GREAT question, Keren. When vaccines become SAFE, when the voices of scientists,doctors and parents whose children have been gravely injured by vaccines are not paid settlements that are hushed and shuffled out of court, I would only then consider to vaccinate. When tests and analysis are not performed by the very companies that stand to gain or lose billions of revenue by vaccines, I will consider. How long did it take before some of the most toxic metals known to man were eradicated from the vaccines? Too long. Why is it so difficult for folks to believe this is NOT just about science, but about the integrity and or lack thereof, and greed of the vaccine makers and their connections with the CDC? A lot of people need to start using their beautiful minds.

  26. Anonymous 4 months ago4 months ago

    If a child is entering 7th grade, but had had the vaccine in kindergarten, is he/she still required to have it in 7th grade, in order to attend public school?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 4 months ago4 months ago

      Yes.

  27. Annette Richmond 4 months ago4 months ago

    Hello. My daughter is entering a new district for 9th grade. Up to this point she is unvaccinated through personal belief exemption. The high school is giving us a hard time, but as far as I understand the law she doesn’t need all those vaccines because she isn’t entering 7th grade – a vaccine checkpoint. Am I correct? Thank you.

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 4 months ago4 months ago

      Hi Annette. Yes, you are correct, as long as you have documentation to prove that your daughter's personal belief exemption was filed with a California school before January 1, 2016. The exemption is valid until entry into the next grade span (7th through 12th grade) and 9th grade, as you note, is not a new grade span, so the exemption is still valid. The exemption she has can be transferred between schools within and across school … Read More

      Hi Annette.
      Yes, you are correct, as long as you have documentation to prove that your daughter’s personal belief exemption was filed with a California school before January 1, 2016. The exemption is valid until entry into the next grade span (7th through 12th grade) and 9th grade, as you note, is not a new grade span, so the exemption is still valid. The exemption she has can be transferred between schools within and across school districts in California. Keep me posted.

  28. Mom22 4 months ago4 months ago

    Hello Jane,
    Thank you very much for your article! My teenager has been homeschooled for all her life and we are considering enrolling her in a public or private high school here in California. She has never been vaccinated. Will she be required to be immunized upon entering the 9th grade? Thank you in advance for your reply!

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 4 months ago4 months ago

      Dear Mom22,
      Does your daughter have a personal belief exemption that was filed before Jan. 1, 2016? If not, and she has never been vaccinated, she will be required to be vaccinated before entering 9th grade.
      Jane

  29. Kate 5 months ago5 months ago

    My child is in tk right now and has the PBE ..my question is will she have to get vaccinated when she goes to kindergarten? Or is she grandfathered until 7 th grade

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 4 months ago4 months ago

      Hi Kate.
      A personal belief exemption filed before Jan. 1, 2016 for transitional kindergarten is good until the next grade span, which as you note is 7th grade. She will not need to be vaccinated before kindergarten. Transitional kindergarten and kindergarten are both considered to be the start of a grade span that continues until 7th grade.
      Jane

  30. Genelle 5 months ago5 months ago

    Hi, I have been looking for information everywhere and even calling the Education Department and it seems like I can't get any answers. I have a child who will be of preschool age but since I can't enroll her in a preschool program in the fall, I am going to homeschool her. I have several friends in the neighborhood who will also be unable to send their child to a preschool because of the mandate. … Read More

    Hi, I have been looking for information everywhere and even calling the Education Department and it seems like I can’t get any answers. I have a child who will be of preschool age but since I can’t enroll her in a preschool program in the fall, I am going to homeschool her. I have several friends in the neighborhood who will also be unable to send their child to a preschool because of the mandate. I want to start my own homeschool program for 3-5 year olds (there will be about 4 kids total). How can I go about doing this? If I get licensed then they won’t be able to join because they are not vaccinated. I was planning on charging a fee that will go towards materials and snacks. Is there a way for parents to create their own homeschool co-op and get paid? I have heard from a homeschool group that I can offer supplemental services and say I am providing an enrichment program for the kids. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to get everything ready by the fall and want to abide by the laws.

  31. cheryl lockhart 5 months ago5 months ago

    For high school students who are getting ready to graduate are they making them get vaccinated-for example for the 2016-2017 school year?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 5 months ago5 months ago

      Hi Cheryl. Students in high school do not pass through a vaccination checkpoint so unless they are switching schools, they would not be required to show proof of vaccination. As to what vaccinations are required before entering college, that depends on the college so you could check on their website. By 2017 in the University of California system, all incoming students will be required to show documentation for hepatitis B vaccination, TB screening and four more … Read More

      Hi Cheryl.
      Students in high school do not pass through a vaccination checkpoint so unless they are switching schools, they would not be required to show proof of vaccination. As to what vaccinations are required before entering college, that depends on the college so you could check on their website. By 2017 in the University of California system, all incoming students will be required to show documentation for hepatitis B vaccination, TB screening and four more types of vaccines: measles, mumps and rubella; meningococcus; varicella (chicken pox); and tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Since 2002, students entering the California State University system have been required to show proof of vaccination against measles, rubella and hepatitis B and have been encouraged to obtain the meningitis vaccine if they live in dormitories.

    • Jane Meredith Adams 4 months ago4 months ago

      Hi Cheryl.
      No.
      Colleges might require immunizations though.
      Jane

  32. jill lutz 5 months ago5 months ago

    If a parent has not given any shots, how do they catch up? Does the doctor put them on a plan and sign a form so a preschool/kindergarten student can come to school?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 5 months ago5 months ago

      Hi Jill. Yes, a doctor would put a child on a plan to catch up, but certain immunizations must already have been given before a student may enter transitional kindergarten or kindergarten. The TK/K student must have a mumps and a rubella vaccination before enrolling and must have had at least one dose of the following vaccines: polio; diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; measles; hepatitus B; and varicella (chicken pox.) The student must be as current … Read More

      Hi Jill. Yes, a doctor would put a child on a plan to catch up, but certain immunizations must already have been given before a student may enter transitional kindergarten or kindergarten. The TK/K student must have a mumps and a rubella vaccination before enrolling and must have had at least one dose of the following vaccines: polio; diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; measles; hepatitus B; and varicella (chicken pox.) The student must be as current as possible on additional doses, given the need to space out certain vaccine doses.

  33. Julie West 5 months ago5 months ago

    Does anyone see the mandatory vaccination law being overturned in California? Also, should a parent with a 6 month old and a two year old, do anything “now” to get an exemption or something to show that they will be homeschooling, to get in early in case the law changes and includes homeschoolers to be vaccinated.

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 5 months ago5 months ago

      Hi Julie. A referendum drive to repeal SB 277 failed to collect enough signatures to be put on the November 2016 ballot. Vaccine opponents have said they will challenge the law in court, but precedent does not support the idea that vaccination requirements are unconstitutional. Since 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled at least four times to uphold the constitutionality of laws requiring vaccinations in the interest of public health and safety. As far … Read More

      Hi Julie. A referendum drive to repeal SB 277 failed to collect enough signatures to be put on the November 2016 ballot. Vaccine opponents have said they will challenge the law in court, but precedent does not support the idea that vaccination requirements are unconstitutional. Since 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled at least four times to uphold the constitutionality of laws requiring vaccinations in the interest of public health and safety. As far as exemptions to SB 277 go, it appears that the only sure exemption is for medical reasons.

  34. JenMo 6 months ago6 months ago

    My daughter is in fifth grade this year and I'm hoping things will be looking better before the end of sixth grade for her. However, I'm hanging on to the hope that we will be able to submit titer tests if this law is not overturned. What is your interpretation with regard to titer testing for meeting the 7th grade Tdap requirements? Also wondering if we can prove that she has adequate immunity to one or … Read More

    My daughter is in fifth grade this year and I’m hoping things will be looking better before the end of sixth grade for her. However, I’m hanging on to the hope that we will be able to submit titer tests if this law is not overturned. What is your interpretation with regard to titer testing for meeting the 7th grade Tdap requirements?

    Also wondering if we can prove that she has adequate immunity to one or more of the components, can you even get individual vaccines today? I worry that it’s the combination shot or nothing.

  35. Jane Meredith Adams 6 months ago6 months ago

    Dear Cinnamon, The law specifies that a student enrolled in an independent study program who "does not receive classroom-based instruction" is not subject to immunization requirements for entry in 2016 or future years. Schools are required to report the immunization status of independent study students, but that of course is not the same as requiring those students to be immunized. It seems that the district is interpreting entering school property to report to a teacher once … Read More

    Dear Cinnamon,
    The law specifies that a student enrolled in an independent study program who “does not receive classroom-based instruction” is not subject to immunization requirements for entry in 2016 or future years. Schools are required to report the immunization status of independent study students, but that of course is not the same as requiring those students to be immunized. It seems that the district is interpreting entering school property to report to a teacher once a week as receiving “classroom-based instruction.” The state has not issued detailed regulations yet, which means districts are interpreting the law in a variety of ways. Let us know what happens. Jane

  36. Cinnamon 6 months ago6 months ago

    Your information about alternative options for schooling if you don't want to immunize your children is conflicting to what we are being told locally. I'm wondering if you could clarify the IS exemption. Our district is being told that IS students require immunizations. Here, IS generally consists of a student reporting to the teacher once a week to turn in work, ask questions, and get new work. Because … Read More

    Your information about alternative options for schooling if you don’t want to immunize your children is conflicting to what we are being told locally. I’m wondering if you could clarify the IS exemption. Our district is being told that IS students require immunizations. Here, IS generally consists of a student reporting to the teacher once a week to turn in work, ask questions, and get new work. Because they are doing this on school property, immunization are required. Your article tags the opposite to me. Thank you for all the great information!

  37. Melissa Morgan 6 months ago6 months ago

    I believe I read the answer on another post, but would like to be 100% clear. I filed a PBE when my daughter entered 7th grade back in 2014. She will be entering 9th grade in our same district this fall. Is there anything I need to do for her to ensure her schedule will be released or will the PBE still remain in effect as it was filed before the deadline?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 6 months ago6 months ago

      Dear Melissa,
      Your daughter’s personal belief exemption filed before entering 7th grade remains in effect through the grade span of 7th through 12th grade.
      Jane

  38. Ildiko Cziglenyi 7 months ago7 months ago

    So does that mean my daughter needs more shots to go to high school, even though she got the tdap shot that allowed her to enter into 7th grade last year?

  39. Ildiko Cziglenyi 7 months ago7 months ago

    My daughter will be going into a new school for ninth grade next year. On the registration form, they ask if she has all her immunizations up-to-date or if we have a waiver. We filed a personal exemption waiver in '07 with the elementary school she attended. The only shot that she had is the tdap shot prior to seventh grade, which we went ahead and got. Does this waiver allow her to not have … Read More

    My daughter will be going into a new school for ninth grade next year. On the registration form, they ask if she has all her immunizations up-to-date or if we have a waiver. We filed a personal exemption waiver in ’07 with the elementary school she attended. The only shot that she had is the tdap shot prior to seventh grade, which we went ahead and got. Does this waiver allow her to not have to be immunized for high school? I’m trying to understand that part in the law. What about children who currently have personal belief exemptions on file? Does my daughter fall under this part of the law — “7-12 inclusive” — and is she therefore exempt?

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    • Ildiko Cziglenyi 7 months ago7 months ago

      Here's a little more info on my previous comment that might help someone answer one question regarding my daughter's enrollment into high school. The high school is within the same school district and town as her elementary school. The waiver that was signed by her dad in '07 is a personal belief waiver that was not signed by a doctor, but was accepted by the school. It was good enough for her to attend elementary … Read More

      Here’s a little more info on my previous comment that might help someone answer one question regarding my daughter’s enrollment into high school. The high school is within the same school district and town as her elementary school. The waiver that was signed by her dad in ’07 is a personal belief waiver that was not signed by a doctor, but was accepted by the school. It was good enough for her to attend elementary school until the requirement for her to have tdap prior to entering seventh grade. This she had done. My question is: Is this waiver enough to enter into high school?

      • Jane Meredith Adams 7 months ago7 months ago

        Hi Ildiko. This would be straight-forward if she had filed a personal belief exemption before entry to 7th grade (before Jan. 1, 2016, of course). If so, that exemption would remain in place through 12th grade at any California school. Even so, it seems that she may still have a waiver, depending on what paperwork you provided to the school in 7th grade. When she obtained a personal belief exemption back in elementary school in 2007, a … Read More

        Hi Ildiko.

        This would be straight-forward if she had filed a personal belief exemption before entry to 7th grade (before Jan. 1, 2016, of course). If so, that exemption would remain in place through 12th grade at any California school.

        Even so, it seems that she may still have a waiver, depending on what paperwork you provided to the school in 7th grade.

        When she obtained a personal belief exemption back in elementary school in 2007, a signature from a health care provider was not necessary — that became required as of Jan. 1, 2014. Still, that exemption doesn’t actually hold much weight now that she has entered the next grade span — 7th through 12th grade. It seems from what you wrote that she met the 7th grade vaccination requirements that were in place at the time.

        So why might she be asked to meet vaccination requirements in 9th grade? The sticking point might be documentation.

        Shotsforschools, the California Department of Public Health website, states that students changing schools have to bring documentation with them. “However, if the personal beliefs exemption documentation is no longer available, students must meet immunization requirements or be enrolled in an independent study program and do not receive classroom-based instruction or in a home-based private school.”

  40. Regan Stover 7 months ago7 months ago

    My son is enrolled in TK and has a PBE on file. If I take him out of TK will his PBE still transfer to K?

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    • Kayla Wildman 6 months ago6 months ago

      Yes, the PBE filed for your child for transitional kindergarten will “transfer” to kindergarten and will be good through 6th grade.

  41. keren sasson 7 months ago7 months ago

    I don’t understand that if the kids have vaccines, why are the parents are worried about having a non-vaccinated kid in the class?

  42. Cathy McDowell 7 months ago7 months ago

    My grandson began preschool in 2015. My daughter stated religious beliefs to exempt him from vaccinations. She is trying to transfer him to another preschool in the same county and they are refusing him because she has nothing signed by a healthcare provider. What is the status of religious exemptions?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 7 months ago7 months ago

      Hi Cathy. When your grandson began preschool in 2015, your daughter ought to have been required to complete a form for a personal belief or religious exemption that was signed by a health care provider. That form should have been turned into the school. It looked like this: http://www.amadorcoe.org/Health/CDPH-8262.pdf If the school had the signed form, your grandson would be allowed to take that exemption with him when he transferred to his new preschool. As with personal … Read More

      Hi Cathy.

      When your grandson began preschool in 2015, your daughter ought to have been required to complete a form for a personal belief or religious exemption that was signed by a health care provider. That form should have been turned into the school. It looked like this: http://www.amadorcoe.org/Health/CDPH-8262.pdf If the school had the signed form, your grandson would be allowed to take that exemption with him when he transferred to his new preschool.

      As with personal belief exemptions, religious exemptions to vaccination requirements are no longer allowed. The ability to obtain a religious exemption ended as of Jan. 1, 2016. Because religious exemptions were never included in state law — they were included at the last minute as a line on the personal belief exemption form at the request of Gov. Brown — they have not been mentioned much in the conversations about SB 277.

      Jane

    • Kayla Wildman 6 months ago6 months ago

      A health care practitioner’s signature was NOT required for a religious exemption under AB2109. Your grandchild’s religious exemption, because it was filed with a preschool in 2015, should “transfer” to any preschool in California.

  43. Lynn 7 months ago7 months ago

    Our Pediatrician signed a PBE for our 2 year old daughter in December. I thought that that we had 90 days from the date the PBE was signed to enroll her in a preschool. Can you please clarify? Thank you so much!

  44. Justin Shook 7 months ago7 months ago

    Any advice…. We are being told that our TK daughter that has a personal belief exemption will have to get shots, because our school district checks at TK and Kindergarten. This is not what the law states. Any help would be appreciated

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 7 months ago7 months ago

      Hi Justin. You might refer the district to the text of the law. These are the relevant sections: "A pupil who, prior to January 1, 2016, submitted a letter or affidavit on file at a private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center stating beliefs opposed to immunization shall be allowed enrollment to any private or public elementary or secondary school, child day … Read More

      Hi Justin.

      You might refer the district to the text of the law.

      These are the relevant sections: “A pupil who, prior to January 1, 2016, submitted a letter or affidavit on file at a private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center stating beliefs opposed to immunization shall be allowed enrollment to any private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center within the state until the pupil enrolls in the next grade span.”

      Grade spans are defined this way:

      “Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten.”

      http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB277

      Keep us posted.
      Jane

  45. Kris 7 months ago7 months ago

    Hi, I currently have a Transitional Kindergartner that has a PBE on file at her charter school. My question is, since the entry point is Kindergarten, is my child’s PBE able to transfer to Kindergarten from TK? In other words, is TK and Kindergarten considered the same entry point? Thanks for any light you can shed on this.

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 7 months ago7 months ago

      Hi Kris.
      Your transitional kindergarten student’s personal belief exemption will remain in effect until the next vaccination check-point, which will be entry into 7th grade.
      If a student is enrolled in transitional kindergarten, TK is the vaccination checkpoint. If a student is not enrolled in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten entry is the checkpoint.
      Hope that helps.
      Jane

  46. Jana 7 months ago7 months ago

    We moved from Miami, Florida to Los Angeles, California a week ago. Florida allows a personal/religious exemption, which we used. Aside from the medical exemption, is there anything we can do since we weren’t here before December 31, 2015?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 7 months ago7 months ago

      Hi Jana.
      In short, the answer is no, unless your child receives a medical exemption or you opt to home school or enroll in an independent study program without classroom instruction. Personal belief exemptions are no longer being granted in California. And as a new student in a district, your child will be required to show proof of vaccinations.
      Jane

  47. Amber 8 months ago8 months ago

    My daughter is currently in kindergarten and homeschooled...however we are planning on having her in a private school for 1st grade in the fall. We have a signed PBE but I am wondering if that will be valid to make the transfer since she is homeschooled. In CA, homeschooled kindergarteners aren't "on record" because technically homeschool "doesn't count" until the 1st grade. Does anyone have any info about this particular kind of situation? Will her … Read More

    My daughter is currently in kindergarten and homeschooled…however we are planning on having her in a private school for 1st grade in the fall. We have a signed PBE but I am wondering if that will be valid to make the transfer since she is homeschooled. In CA, homeschooled kindergarteners aren’t “on record” because technically homeschool “doesn’t count” until the 1st grade. Does anyone have any info about this particular kind of situation? Will her current PBE be valid for the fall of 2016 in a new school?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 8 months ago8 months ago

      Hi Amber.
      I believe she will have to be vaccinated, according to the California Department of Public Health. While transitional kindergarten/kindergarten is a vaccination check point, students who have not been enrolled in TK or kindergarten will have to meet the requirements when they enter school, according to my reporting.

  48. Tiffanie 8 months ago8 months ago

    I have a 3 year old who I want to start in preschool. Are home-based preschools/ childcare businesses required to abide by the new law?? Or can my daughter attend in home business vaccine free?! Thank You

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 8 months ago8 months ago

      Hi Tiffanie.
      The text of the law says it applies to “any private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center.” A family day care home sounds like a home-based childcare business.

  49. Jim Ledbetter Sr. 9 months ago9 months ago

    I have a parent who just dropped of a personal letter from them (it appears) not a doctor, nurse or healthcare provider referencings a whole bunch of codes and the Senate Bill 277 indicating that as long as they did this before January 1, 2016 that they can exempt their son from immunization requirements. Threatening legal action of required to do so and on and on and on. Question: 1. If this student is beyond … Read More

    I have a parent who just dropped of a personal letter from them (it appears) not a doctor, nurse or healthcare provider referencings a whole bunch of codes and the Senate Bill 277 indicating that as long as they did this before January 1, 2016 that they can exempt their son from immunization requirements. Threatening legal action of required to do so and on and on and on.

    Question:

    1. If this student is beyond the 7th grade – does that exempt him from immunization requirements

    2. Is it true that all a parent has to do is write a nice looking letter before January 1, 2016 and that binds our hand for requiring Immunizations

    3. If a student has an IEP are they exempt from getting all the immunizations

    My reading of the Law tells me that this is a lot of bluster with no basis but I could be wrong. So my question is – is this individual family letter calling itself a PBE affidavit support and remove the shot requirements going into place on 1-1-2016?

    Jim ledbetter Sr
    Registrar Sherman E. Burrough High School

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 8 months ago8 months ago

      Hi Jim.
      As you may have discovered, a personal letter is not a personal belief exemption form, which must be signed by a health care provider. How did this issue resolve itself? As you know, the deadline was Dec. 31, 2015. A student who is beyond 7th grade and has a valid personal belief exemption does not need to fulfill immunization requirements through 12th grade.
      Keep me posted.
      Jane

  50. Marubia Weissenberg 9 months ago9 months ago

    Does anyone have a sample letter I can copy or write? I just saw this and need to fill out a form and write a letter? Confused but need to hand it in asap ! Help if you can send me a copy of what to say in my letter!! Not religious belief, just personal belief. thanks!!

  51. LUMI POP 10 months ago10 months ago

    Would you please explain this line: “If parents wish to obtain a personal belief exemption before Jan. 1, 2016, they should go to their child’s school, pick up a personal belief exemption form, meet with a health care practitioner and obtain the practitioner’s signature, and return the form to the school before the deadline.” Does this apply just to kindergarten students, or to those in higher grades?

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    • Michelle 9 months ago9 months ago

      Hello, I have a question if anyone knows the answer that would be great! I currently have 4 children ages 18,13,5, and 2 ... My 18 and 13 year old were almost fully vaccinated .My two youngest My 5 yr old had a couple and my 2 yr old has had NONE we have choose not to vaccinate because of a lot of info that me and my husband researched . I have a … Read More

      Hello,
      I have a question if anyone knows the answer that would be great! I currently have 4 children ages 18,13,5, and 2 … My 18 and 13 year old were almost fully vaccinated .My two youngest My 5 yr old had a couple and my 2 yr old has had NONE we have choose not to vaccinate because of a lot of info that me and my husband researched . I have a question for my 13 yr old. She is currently in 8th grade in Jr. High. She will be going to High School in 2016 school year and she has had all her vaccines except the one that was required again in jr.high… I believe it was a booster . She has a personal belief form on file at her current school, but when she goes to her home school for High School is she going to be required to show proof of vaccines again? Or does everything get automatically transferred over from her jr.high? Thank you so much for any info and if there is any current forms to sign to stop this bill that is in progress please let me know ! Thanks and GOD BLESS!!!

  52. Dadof4 10 months ago10 months ago

    This is amazing! The collection of lies and misinformation in this comment section is astounding. Vaccines are the single most effective bit of medicine on the planet. Nothing else comes close. To use lies and misinformation to place your children and those of other people at risk is foolhardy, poor parenting, and unbelievably sad. The world is not out to get you. If you really think that 98% … Read More

    This is amazing! The collection of lies and misinformation in this comment section is astounding. Vaccines are the single most effective bit of medicine on the planet. Nothing else comes close. To use lies and misinformation to place your children and those of other people at risk is foolhardy, poor parenting, and unbelievably sad. The world is not out to get you. If you really think that 98% of all physicians, scientists, and public health professionals are involved in some very low paying conspiracy to spend 20+ years of their lives amassing the education and expertise necessary to place your kids (and theirs…I’m a father of 4) at risk, well, you are extremely misguided.

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    • Lo 8 months ago8 months ago

      Actually, you are wrong in every way. You have been force fed a lifetime worth of bad and dangerous information. Please do your due diligence and research the issue properly. And by properly, I mean not just “research” bought and paid for by big pharma. That’s a conflict of interest.

  53. LUMI POP 10 months ago10 months ago

    PLEASE explain me this paragraph of the law: "(g) (1) A pupil who, prior to January 1, 2016, submitted a letter or affidavit on file at a private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center stating beliefs opposed to immunization shall be allowed enrollment to any private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, … Read More

    PLEASE explain me this paragraph of the law: “(g) (1) A pupil who, prior to January 1, 2016, submitted a letter or affidavit on file at a private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center stating beliefs opposed to immunization shall be allowed enrollment to any private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center within the state until the pupil enrolls in the next grade span.

    If my child will be in kindergarten next year, 2016, can I get the exception form this year and enroll him next year? To me it is confusing this , since I don’t think it is for the kids already in school, but the new ones, right? For the ones already in school the exemption form exists in their file already, so for who exactly is this applicable then?

    Thank you

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    • Monique Alexander 9 months ago9 months ago

      Here is the answer to your question. I was a little confused at first as well. It is telling us that if a child has a personal beliefs exemption on file prior to Jan 1, 2016, that exemption will only be valid for whichever immunization checkpoint category the child falls into. My daughter will enter pre-school on an exemption status, however when I need to enroll her in kindergarten, her exemption will no longer be … Read More

      Here is the answer to your question. I was a little confused at first as well. It is telling us that if a child has a personal beliefs exemption on file prior to Jan 1, 2016, that exemption will only be valid for whichever immunization checkpoint category the child falls into. My daughter will enter pre-school on an exemption status, however when I need to enroll her in kindergarten, her exemption will no longer be valid and she will be required to become immunized.

      What about children who currently have personal belief exemptions on file?

      Children who hold personal belief exemptions to vaccinations before Jan. 1, 2016 are not subject to the
      law until they reach their next vaccination checkpoint.

      The law defines these checkpoints as “grade spans,” as follows:

      Birth to preschool,
      Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten,
      Grades 7 to 12, inclusive.

  54. Adrienne Owen 10 months ago10 months ago

    What do you do if the school district is not verifying in writing that they have a PBE on file? I want it in writing that the school confirms that they received it. They would not give me back my original when asked. Just a copy with a date stamp and initials. I want something more legitimate. Perhaps send the copy with a letter written on it that he has one of file via certified mail?

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    • Kristie Burchit 7 months ago7 months ago

      Copy with date stamp and initials is sufficient.

  55. THauer 10 months ago10 months ago

    I have a question, if my kids currently have waivers on file to grandfather them and they attend a public charter that is k-12, do they still do a checkpoint at 7th grade, even though they aren’t changing schools? I’m hoping this a loop hole…

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    • Louise 9 months ago9 months ago

      Dear Jane, thank you so much for this very helpful web site. I have a seventh grader (just started in Sept) entered into private school in CA with an incomplete vaccination schedule and an existing signed personal beliefs immunization record from elementary. My kiddo is on the autism spectrum with a 504 just transitioned off an IEP. The new school has given me the the standard school immunization record to fill out telling me they … Read More

      Dear Jane, thank you so much for this very helpful web site. I have a seventh grader (just started in Sept) entered into private school in CA with an incomplete vaccination schedule and an existing signed personal beliefs immunization record from elementary. My kiddo is on the autism spectrum with a 504 just transitioned off an IEP. The new school has given me the the standard school immunization record to fill out telling me they have to inform authorities of all their students not meeting complete vaccination history. If I fill this out and also complete a new, signed PBE form before end Dec 2015 will this exempt my child from requiring the completed record of vaccinations for 7-12 grade? OR will we need to still meet 7th grade admitting requirements DTap, MMR, etc., Thank you.

      • Kristie Burchit 7 months ago7 months ago

        Yes Louise it would have. I hope you did.

    • Kristie Burchit 7 months ago7 months ago

      Checkpoint at 7th grade

  56. Jennifer 11 months ago11 months ago

    We moved from Las Vegas to California in July 2013. Nevada allows a religious exemption which we used. Now in California we have a PBE for 2 of our 4 children. The oldest is already in 10th grade and therfore will not hit another checkpoint. It just occurred to me as I read this that my son, who is in 4th grade this year and has not attended a California school during a vaccine required … Read More

    We moved from Las Vegas to California in July 2013. Nevada allows a religious exemption which we used. Now in California we have a PBE for 2 of our 4 children. The oldest is already in 10th grade and therfore will not hit another checkpoint. It just occurred to me as I read this that my son, who is in 4th grade this year and has not attended a California school during a vaccine required grade (he started here in 2nd grade), does not have a PBE on file but it seems he needs one in order to not require vaccines in 5th or 6th grade. I don’t want to move back to Nevada but homeschooling will be very difficult. I’m definitely very stressed out over this situation.

  57. Carry 11 months ago11 months ago

    I have a question my son is in preschool but attends the elementary for speech. I asked the elementary school if I will need to redo all of his paperwork when he enrolls into kindergarten next year 2016. They said no that he is considered a student of their school. I am wondering if anyone knows wether he can be grandfathered in. I provided them with an vaccination exemption form last year when he started taking speech therapy. Thank you

  58. Melissa Forrest-Garcia 11 months ago11 months ago

    I am part of the Referendum volunteer effort trying to stop SB277 from going into effect. If you would like to sign the petition, it must be done in person (not online) and done by the end of this week in order for it to get to Sacto on time. The referendum seeks also to put SB277 on the Nov Ballot for a Vote! As a parent who has chosen to do … Read More

    I am part of the Referendum volunteer effort trying to stop SB277 from going into effect. If you would like to sign the petition, it must be done in person (not online) and done by the end of this week in order for it to get to Sacto on time. The referendum seeks also to put SB277 on the Nov Ballot for a Vote! As a parent who has chosen to do an alternative schedule of vaccines, I see this issue as one of Fighting SB277 to maintain my parental rights, not one about whether one is a pro, slow, or no-vaxer.
    Please contact me if you would like to sign the petition at melissaforrestgarcia@mac.com

  59. JM 12 months ago12 months ago

    What about homeopathic immunizations/vaccinations? Do they fulfill the vaccination requirement?

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    • Kristie Burchit 7 months ago7 months ago

      No nor can you show titer testing. Because this was all about health, right? Yeah right!

  60. Melissa Forret-gsrcia 12 months ago12 months ago

    Is it True that there has been an addendum to SB 277, which states that children who need to catch up on missed vaccinations, will not have to do them all at once? In other words, they will be able to space out the vaccinations so as to avoid vaccine injury by doing too many shots at once. I’m guessing that this is where the conditional admittance to school is implemented.

  61. Rosemarie Alpay 12 months ago12 months ago

    I am a school nurse in Early Head Start (children are 0-23 months). One of our programs is home-based where teachers provide education and support at child’s home. The program also offers Family School Day, a social event held at a school site where families come to meet other families. How does SB277 impact our children who do not have complete immunizations due to parent’s personal belief?

  62. V 12 months ago12 months ago

    as an RN and parent, I find this law unethical, unconstutional and frankly evil. If vaccines were completely safe, we would not have a need for this law. Everyone would want them. Nobody wants their child to get sick. But, vaccines are not safe... We are told they are but, Many have been harmed and this constantly gets swept under the rug. The long term effects of injecting KNOWN toxins … Read More

    as an RN and parent, I find this law unethical, unconstutional and frankly evil. If vaccines were completely safe, we would not have a need for this law. Everyone would want them. Nobody wants their child to get sick. But, vaccines are not safe… We are told they are but, Many have been harmed and this constantly gets swept under the rug. The long term effects of injecting KNOWN toxins over and over into a small child have not been studied. Cancer rates are now 1in 3, autism is now unbelievably 1in 88. Childhood asthma is on the rise. Our kids are getting sicker, not healthier, and nobody seems to consider the long term effects of these toxins being injected directly into our beautiful pristine children. How can we truly believe that this is the best way to obtain community health? What about hand washing, extended breast feeding, clean water, organic food? Can we mandate those things??

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    • Melissa Forret-gsrcia 12 months ago12 months ago

      Hi V, have you had a chance to sign the Referendum to stop SB 277 yet? I am collecting signatures and would be happy to come to you to help you sign. You can email me at melissaforrest@mac.com. Read More

      Hi V, have you had a chance to sign the Referendum to stop SB 277 yet? I am collecting signatures and would be happy to come to you to help you sign. You can email me at melissaforrest@mac.com.

    • Jen 8 months ago8 months ago

      Very well stated! This new law appears unconstitutional. Breastfeeding is crucial.

  63. Steve 12 months ago12 months ago

    I believe that Kindergarten is still optional in CA. If a nursery school is licensed to serve ages 2yrs-6yrs can a child attend under the nursery school grade span requirements until he is 6? In other words: Which comes first as the next grade span: the age of a 'typical' K enrollment for an individual(5yrs old by Sept 1) even if he doesn't leave the nursery school, or the age that my child graduates … Read More

    I believe that Kindergarten is still optional in CA. If a nursery school is licensed to serve ages 2yrs-6yrs can a child attend under the nursery school grade span requirements until he is 6? In other words: Which comes first as the next grade span: the age of a ‘typical’ K enrollment for an individual(5yrs old by Sept 1) even if he doesn’t leave the nursery school, or the age that my child graduates his nursery school ( i.e. the school where my son attends is licensed as a nursery school up to age 6) and goes on to another school-probably 1st grade? Thanks for all your answers!

  64. Trish Smith 12 months ago12 months ago

    Is the following interpretation of the revised immunization law as it relates to personal belief exemptions on file correct: If a Kindergarten-age child enters Kindergarten on September 1, 2015 WITH a personal belief exemption to vaccinations dated before January 1, 2016, the law does not apply to them UNTIL THEY REACH THEIR NEXT VACCINATION CHECKPOINT which, in this case, would mean until they reach 7th grade?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 12 months ago12 months ago

      That is correct.

  65. Cynthia 12 months ago12 months ago

    Just curious, the doctors always ask if my children are allergic to anything before they get an antibiotic. So, since vaccines are mandatory, will they learn about allergies, first? For example, many in our family are allergic to thermisol (it causes us skin rashes and some psoriasis). But obviously not everyone is. So - will they check to see if a child is allergic to anything, or will that require an … Read More

    Just curious, the doctors always ask if my children are allergic to anything before they get an antibiotic. So, since vaccines are mandatory, will they learn about allergies, first? For example, many in our family are allergic to thermisol (it causes us skin rashes and some psoriasis). But obviously not everyone is. So – will they check to see if a child is allergic to anything, or will that require an exemption or conditional? (I’m asking due to there are far more vaccines for children now than when my youngest was born, who just turned 18. I know peanut allergies can be deadly so I worry about ingredients the vaccines could be as bad or worse!) As for conditional enrollment – I heard on the news that schools do not have to “follow” that rule; do you know if that is true or not?

  66. Jonah 12 months ago12 months ago

    http://sb277referendum.com

    This site lists locations in your neighborhood where you can sign the referendum 🙂

  67. Jonah 12 months ago12 months ago

    Everyone opposed to this bill can sign the referendum form at locations found here
    http://sb277referendum.com

  68. Brandi 12 months ago12 months ago

    I think this law is absolutely 100% ridiculous! I have four children and stopped vaccinating years ago after i found out what was really in vaccines and the number of children that were getting sick. This strips parents of their God given right to make decisions that they see fit for their children. I hate California for this and i plan on moving out of this God forsaken state!

  69. Kathy 1 year ago1 year ago

    How does this new law pertain to kids already in high school? Also, what about public colleges ?

  70. Ilana LaTeay 1 year ago1 year ago

    If my child is entering 7th grade this coming Sept 2015 can a signed PBE keep me from having to get her a dtap vaccination?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hi Ilana.

      Yes. You may still obtain a personal belief exemption form from the school, have it signed by a doctor or school nurse and your child would be exempt from a dtap vaccination in Sept. 2015. You must obtain a personal belief exemption by Jan. 1, 2016.

      Jane

  71. Roxanne 1 year ago1 year ago

    I went just now to get my son’s schedule and they would not give it to me even though i presented a doctor’s note with the earliest appointment possible for my child to get the td booster shot. Is that legal we are in San Lorenzo .ca. Isn’t it a law after July1,2016?please help i don’t want my son to miss a week of school…

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hi Roxanne. That is surprising to me. There is such a thing as "conditional" enrollment, which means that your child has not yet completed all of the required vaccinations but you plan to do so. What grade is your child entering? But in looking into this, I found a document from the California Department of Public Health that defines who can be conditionally admitted: students who "have received some but not all required immunization doses and are … Read More

      Hi Roxanne.
      That is surprising to me. There is such a thing as “conditional” enrollment, which means that your child has not yet completed all of the required vaccinations but you plan to do so. What grade is your child entering?

      But in looking into this, I found a document from the California Department of Public Health that defines who can be conditionally admitted: students who “have received some but not all required immunization doses and are not due for any required vaccine dose at time of entry.” The instructions add that “due doses” may not be delayed for conditional admission.

      Here’s the document: http://eziz.org/assets/docs/cdphmemo_2015_4_8_Conditional_Entrants.pdf I’ll look into this a bit more, but it would appear that the seventh grade Tdap booster is a “due dose” before entering seventh grade.

      Jane

    • el 1 year ago1 year ago

      Many pharmacies can administer these vaccines and would not require an appointment with lead time, if that works for you and your situation.

  72. Jonah 1 year ago1 year ago

    Well I wish my kid didn’t have delays but she does… Hope it’s easy to attain a medical exemption from school it doesn’t list diagnosis that would be eligible to receive one.

  73. Ben Nelson 1 year ago1 year ago

    I have questions regarding the types of programs affected by this change. Are public and private schools held to the same standards? I have a 3 year old in a private Montesorri program and would like to know if they have any ability to practice differently apart from state law being passed. More specifically, are they held to the same timeline and grandfathered options as the public schools.
    Thanks,
    Ben

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hi Ben.
      Private schools and child care centers are held to the same timelines. Your three-year-old would need to meet vaccination requirements upon entering the next grade span. For the purposes of the vaccination law, grade spans are defined as
      (A) Birth to preschool.
      (B) Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten.
      (C) Grades 7 to 12, inclusive.
      Jane

  74. Brown 1 year ago1 year ago

    I teach young children ages 3-4 years old. My problem is with some parents saying "I don't want my child immunize because the med can hurt my child." They need to do their homework about why immunizations are important. Now are far as parents that have religion beliefs is another concerns. Remember our civil liberties right and our civil rights. Every comment that i have read have great insight about how … Read More

    I teach young children ages 3-4 years old. My problem is with some parents saying “I don’t want my child immunize because
    the med can hurt my child.” They need to do their homework about why immunizations are important. Now are far as parents that have religion beliefs is another concerns. Remember our civil liberties right and our civil rights. Every comment that i have read have great insight about how they feel about the bill 277. I had read that many of your are doing your homework and remember that we are concerned about the health, welfare and safety of our children and families. You better advocate for your children because no one else will do it or the government will step in and do it for us. I don’t want any children to be sick and or other wise. Lawyers are just standing in the waiting room to make some money. Remember your RIGHTS.
    Put this concern in God’s hands.

  75. Danielle 1 year ago1 year ago

    What are the legal implications of committing fraud during school enrollment. It doesn’t seem hard to create fake immunization records. If my hands are tied, I will be a criminal!I think the government just created a new black market for fake vacination records. Single parents of limited incomes will definitely looking to this option.

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    • el 1 year ago1 year ago

      If cost is an issue, in most counties there is some way to get free immunizations, even for those without health insurance.

  76. Brigett Silbernagel 1 year ago1 year ago

    Good morning I really don’t agree with these vaccinations I’m not even sure if my pediatrician would sign a medical form. It’s kind of funny to me that If the doctors do something like malpractice we can sue them but if they give our children vaccines and I truly believe that’s where autism come from we can’t sue them for that

  77. johnn 1 year ago1 year ago

    What if you have a religious exemption in another state and move into CA after Jan 1 2016. Will they be grandfathered in even though it is a religious exemption from another state?

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    • Jennifer 11 months ago11 months ago

      No. The article specifically states that forms from other states will NOT be accepted. It must be a form from California signed in California before 1/1/2016.

  78. Michelle 1 year ago1 year ago

    Will titers be considered evidence of immunity? Meaning, if a child has had 2 doses of an immunization and a blood test that shows that they are immune via titer levels, are they required to get all 5 doses on the schedule? Or if they have had chicken pox and can prove it via titers, will they still be required to get the vaccine?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hi Michelle.
      Interesting question. You might talk to your doctor or a school nurse about whether blood tests showing a level of immunity would be acceptable.
      Jane

    • Kristie Burchit 7 months ago7 months ago

      No they wouldn’t. Because this is all about health right? Yeah right!

  79. Truelitistnot 1 year ago1 year ago

    There’s one more exemption to the law; moving out of State and there are people doing it, including many educators and people who work in the medical field.

  80. Anna K. 1 year ago1 year ago

    Hi. Please give me your pediatrician name and where he is located.
    Thank you.

  81. Mari Dantzer 1 year ago1 year ago

    Dear Jane Meredith Adams, I cannot find anywhere in the sb 277 law that students with PBEs will be grandfathered in. What I do find in Section 120335 (11) (g) (1) (2) (A) (B) (C) is that these students are required to submit to their school a letter or affidavit by 1/1/2016 in order to be enrolled in the following year. Your article says students w/ PBEs will be grandfathered in, can you show … Read More

    Dear Jane Meredith Adams,

    I cannot find anywhere in the sb 277 law that students with PBEs will be grandfathered in. What I do find in Section 120335 (11) (g) (1) (2) (A) (B) (C) is that these students are required to submit to their school a letter or affidavit by 1/1/2016 in order to be enrolled in the following year. Your article says students w/ PBEs will be grandfathered in, can you show me where it says that in the law? Here is that part of the law that I find where a letter/affidavit in necessary by 1/1/2016:

    (g) (1) A pupil who, prior to January 1, 2016, submitted a letter or affidavit on file at a private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center stating beliefs opposed to immunization shall be allowed enrollment to any private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center within the state until the pupil enrolls in the next grade span.

    (2) For purposes of this subdivision, “grade span” means each of the following:

    (A) Birth to preschool.

    (B) Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten.

    (C) Grades 7 to 12, inclusive.

    Thank you.
    Mari Dantzer

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hi Mari. Legislators have informally used the phrase "grandfathered in" to mean that parents who already have a personal belief exemption to vaccinations for their child, or obtain one by Jan. 1, 2016, will not be affected by the law until their child reaches the next grade span. During the debate on the bill, there was some discussion about whether all children with personal belief exemptions would have to comply with the new law before they … Read More

      Hi Mari.

      Legislators have informally used the phrase “grandfathered in” to mean that parents who already have a personal belief exemption to vaccinations for their child, or obtain one by Jan. 1, 2016, will not be affected by the law until their child reaches the next grade span. During the debate on the bill, there was some discussion about whether all children with personal belief exemptions would have to comply with the new law before they could enroll in school, regardless of their grade level. That issue was dropped.

      You are right to suggest that there is no long term “grandfathering” going on, in that all children will have to meet the vaccination requirements to enroll in public or private schools when they enter the next grade span, unless they have a medical exemption.

      Jane

      • Truelitistnot 1 year ago1 year ago

        There are varying and differing legal opinions regarding the 'grade span' issue as well. Not everyone agrees that PBE exempted kids will be allowed to continue after July 1, 2016 without full vaccine compliance. The law is grey on this and you'll likely find that starting in Summer and September of 2016 schools will begin to refuse students without full vaccine compliance. I've already spoken to one school and their legal consultant … Read More

        There are varying and differing legal opinions regarding the ‘grade span’ issue as well. Not everyone agrees that PBE exempted kids will be allowed to continue after July 1, 2016 without full vaccine compliance. The law is grey on this and you’ll likely find that starting in Summer and September of 2016 schools will begin to refuse students without full vaccine compliance. I’ve already spoken to one school and their legal consultant has told them to refuse children without full vaccine compliance after summer of 2016, regardless of what the law says, because they are worried about liability issues… parents of vaccinated kids suing over their kids being with unvaccinated kids.

        Also, there is the issue that this law is subject to be changed at any time. They’ve already modified it at least twice, and they like will again. Which what will it go? No one knows. They could get tougher on it to legally clarify that there is no grandfathering it, or they could allow the block spanning (Birth to Preschool, K-6, 7-8, 9-12, College-completion).

        My guess, considering their real intentions with this law is 100% compliance, is that they will eventually move to block/defeat grade spanning or block spanning as some call it, unless there is a massive retaliation from parents, and thus far the parents haven’t put forth enough resistance to pressure legislators. This is a case where minority gets drowned out by majority and forced compliance will probably occur at each school year via updated vaccine records each and every school year.

        So, I would suggest people opposed to this law and similar laws that remove ‘informed consent’ and ‘parental rights’ and ‘personal rights’ either get off their rears and actually fight by writing letters, signing petitions, protesting, calling legislators to voice opposition, or get in line at the doctor’s office to play vaccine Russian roulette or prepare to home-school or move out of California. Because that, pretty much is what it is right now, and what it likely will remain.

  82. Mari Dantzer 1 year ago1 year ago

    (g) (1) A pupil who, prior to January 1, 2016, submitted a letter or affidavit on file at a private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center stating beliefs opposed to immunization shall be allowed enrollment to any private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center within … Read More

    (g) (1) A pupil who, prior to January 1, 2016, submitted a letter or affidavit on file at a private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center stating beliefs opposed to immunization shall be allowed enrollment to any private or public elementary or secondary school, child day care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center within the state until the pupil enrolls in the next grade span.

    (2) For purposes of this subdivision, “grade span” means each of the following:

    (A) Birth to preschool.

    (B) Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten.

    (C) Grades 7 to 12, inclusive.

  83. Kayla Wildman 1 year ago1 year ago

    As amended by SB277, Section 120335(g) clearly states that a child with a personal beliefs exemption, once "grandfathered in", may enroll in any day care or school in the state until the child reaches the next grade span. The law is absolutely clear on this point. For children enrolling in a new school, the grandfathered personal beliefs exemption will be physically transferred as a document included in the child's "mandatory permanent record" which is sent … Read More

    As amended by SB277, Section 120335(g) clearly states that a child with a personal beliefs exemption, once “grandfathered in”, may enroll in any day care or school in the state until the child reaches the next grade span. The law is absolutely clear on this point.

    For children enrolling in a new school, the grandfathered personal beliefs exemption will be physically transferred as a document included in the child’s “mandatory permanent record” which is sent from the child’s old school to the child’s new school.

    The mechanism for the transfer of the grandfathered personal beliefs exemption from one day care to another will no doubt be defined in forthcoming regulations.

  84. Bodhi 1 year ago1 year ago

    My 3.5yo has a PBE on file at preschool. Is it possible to submit his application + PBE to Kindergarten now, although he won't be starting until Fall 2017? Also, do you have any insight into how they plan to bring non-vaxed children up-to-date "safely" (i.e., how much time are Conditional Entrants given)? Thanks for your help sorting through this nightmare. Ps, my child's preschool has already implemented a policy change to no longer accept PBEs … Read More

    My 3.5yo has a PBE on file at preschool. Is it possible to submit his application + PBE to Kindergarten now, although he won’t be starting until Fall 2017? Also, do you have any insight into how they plan to bring non-vaxed children up-to-date “safely” (i.e., how much time are Conditional Entrants given)? Thanks for your help sorting through this nightmare.
    Ps, my child’s preschool has already implemented a policy change to no longer accept PBEs despite the fact that CA families are still legally entitled to obtain them. So ugly!!!

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hi Bodhi. You won't be able to opt-out of the vaccination requirements in advance by submitting a personal belief exemption for your 3.5 year old child to be used in fall 2017 for kindergarten enrollment. On July 1, 2016, the new law goes into effect and a child entering kindergarten in 2017 would be subject to the requirements of the law. As for how much time the school will allow an unvaccinated student to catch up, … Read More

      Hi Bodhi.
      You won’t be able to opt-out of the vaccination requirements in advance by submitting a personal belief exemption for your 3.5 year old child to be used in fall 2017 for kindergarten enrollment. On July 1, 2016, the new law goes into effect and a child entering kindergarten in 2017 would be subject to the requirements of the law. As for how much time the school will allow an unvaccinated student to catch up, I don’t know if there is a statewide policy on that, but I will look into it. Here’s a link to the state’s vaccination schedule: http://eziz.org/assets/docs/IMM-1080.pdf And interesting to know that your child’s preschool is no longer allowing personal belief exemptions, ahead of the deadline.
      Jane

    • Melissa Forret-garcia 12 months ago12 months ago

      Hi Bodhi, have you had a chance to sign the Referendum to stop SB 277 yet? I have the petitions and I am a volunteer collecting signatures if you would like to sign. You can reach me at melissaforrest@mac.com. Read More

      Hi Bodhi, have you had a chance to sign the Referendum to stop SB 277 yet? I have the petitions and I am a volunteer collecting signatures if you would like to sign. You can reach me at melissaforrest@mac.com.

  85. J.Anderson 1 year ago1 year ago

    If we provide a 'permanent medical exemption' letter to our daughter's preschool this fall, does 'the State' obtain it from the preschool? Or, do we have to separately file it with the latter? Does this one filing last throughout our child's eduction? Or do we have to file it at each 'check point' (sounds so orwellian/totalitarian)? If it's a permanent exemption, do we still have to obtain a new one at each check point? Thanks... Read More

    If we provide a ‘permanent medical exemption’ letter to our daughter’s preschool this fall, does ‘the State’ obtain it from the preschool? Or, do we have to separately file it with the latter? Does this one filing last throughout our child’s eduction? Or do we have to file it at each ‘check point’ (sounds so orwellian/totalitarian)? If it’s a permanent exemption, do we still have to obtain a new one at each check point? Thanks…

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hi. No need to file the medical exemption with the state -- preschools and school collect that information and send it to the California Department of Public Health. As to whether you would need to present the medical exemption every time the child moves from one grade span to another -- with the spans defined as birth to preschool; transitional kindergarten or kindergarten to 6th grade; and 7th through 12th grade -- I'm not sure. … Read More

      Hi. No need to file the medical exemption with the state — preschools and school collect that information and send it to the California Department of Public Health. As to whether you would need to present the medical exemption every time the child moves from one grade span to another — with the spans defined as birth to preschool; transitional kindergarten or kindergarten to 6th grade; and 7th through 12th grade — I’m not sure. I can imagine it would be easier for the school district if you presented it every time.
      Jane

  86. Janet Lynn 1 year ago1 year ago

    Will the Schools/County or California be liable for any
    vaccine damage to the child (if there is any?) It seems
    to me they’re inextricably involved with possible
    vaccine injuries.

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    • Truelitistnot 1 year ago1 year ago

      There is no liability for vaccine damages in the United States. The only thing you could possibly do if your child suffers a vaccine relates injury is to report the incident to the vaccine reaction and injury group, if your doctor will assist you and good luck with that as almost no doctors want to report vaccine reactions, and wait to see if you can get permission to seek compensation in form of money … Read More

      There is no liability for vaccine damages in the United States. The only thing you could possibly do if your child suffers a vaccine relates injury is to report the incident to the vaccine reaction and injury group, if your doctor will assist you and good luck with that as almost no doctors want to report vaccine reactions, and wait to see if you can get permission to seek compensation in form of money limited to $250,000 maximum and you would need a pretty sever reaction, something like permanent paralysis, sever brain damage or death to get the maximum award. Schools, doctors, nurses and vaccine companies carry zero liability thanks to the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.

      Let me state this again so it is clear; In the USA you CAN NOT file a lawsuit for anything related to a vaccine injury or vaccine reaction. The courts WILL NOT allow it. It is actually ILLEGAL for you to file a court case on vaccine injury.

      And if you are over the age of 18 and receive a vaccine injury, good luck getting anything.

    • Truelitistnot 1 year ago1 year ago

      By the way, I know this because upon receiving my first vaccinations at age 6 months I received an almost instantaneous reaction, turned blue, stopped breathing, heart stopped and clinically died. My grandmother resuscitated me, no thanks to the doctors and nurses that had no clue what they were doing after they just had killed me. To this day, I still can not file a vaccine reaction report. I have never seen any compensation. I … Read More

      By the way, I know this because upon receiving my first vaccinations at age 6 months I received an almost instantaneous reaction, turned blue, stopped breathing, heart stopped and clinically died. My grandmother resuscitated me, no thanks to the doctors and nurses that had no clue what they were doing after they just had killed me.

      To this day, I still can not file a vaccine reaction report. I have never seen any compensation.

      I also, have a close friend who’s daughter was made quadriplegic with sever brain damage (completely mentally retarded now) by vaccine. She was able to file a report, but 10 years on now… no hearing, no compensation. She has to pay out of pocket for all the medical care her daughter now requires. It has completely financially and emotionally destroyed her family.

      That will give you some idea of how protected the medical and pharmaceutical industries are protected legally from people who received vaccine injuries.

    • el 1 year ago1 year ago

      There is a special court for vaccine injuries that is supposed to cover all liability, damages, and claims from them.

  87. Manuel 1 year ago1 year ago

    It seems to me that the comments here are totally out in left field, mired in all kinds of allegations about freedom and conspiracies. In the past, we elected, as a society, to have a public health sector that vaccinates children against many of these diseases which used to be a true scourge. Many feel that is no longer a credible threat and wish to not vaccinate their children because "they are healthy." Indeed, they are healthy … Read More

    It seems to me that the comments here are totally out in left field, mired in all kinds of allegations about freedom and conspiracies.

    In the past, we elected, as a society, to have a public health sector that vaccinates children against many of these diseases which used to be a true scourge.

    Many feel that is no longer a credible threat and wish to not vaccinate their children because “they are healthy.”

    Indeed, they are healthy now, but if those diseases come back, they will be rather sick and possibly die. (True, there were no deaths in the Disneyland measles outbreak, but there could have been. After all, Roald Dahl’s daughter died in 1962.)

    If that were to happen, should those of us who elected to be vaccinated bear those costs?

    I don’t think so because those who elected to be penny wise and pound foolish must live with the costs of their decisions. Yes, that means that none of their costs should be covered by insurance programs nor the government. Let them deal with the financial costs of their decisions.

    As well as with the human costs, including the death of their precious children.

    Sounds harsh, doesn’t it? But this is exactly what they are asking: the right to be left alone when it comes to these decisions. If that right is granted, then they have to be willing to face the consequences alone, too.

    (Have they ever seen a loved one struck with polio? Or die because of pertussis or tetanus? It is horrible and maybe that is what we need, as a society, to be shocked back into considering the true cost of this “freedom.”)

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    • Sasha Blan 1 year ago1 year ago

      Before writing this one sided, harsh comment, did you ever stop to think that not everyone is choosing not to vaccinate because their children are healthy. Many choose not to because their children got several vaccination injuries or the child is allergic to the vaccination, therefore, leaving parents with little hope or trust in the doctors that continue to shove it down their throats. Having no concern for the child with the injury or the … Read More

      Before writing this one sided, harsh comment, did you ever stop to think that not everyone is choosing not to vaccinate because their children are healthy. Many choose not to because their children got several vaccination injuries or the child is allergic to the vaccination, therefore, leaving parents with little hope or trust in the doctors that continue to shove it down their throats. Having no concern for the child with the injury or the parents they looked dead in the face and said “it is not from the vaccine”. So you are telling people that since they choose to protect their child from these injuries that they should have to reap the percussions of the disease. SHAME ON YOU ! Think before you write. This is not a black and white world…there are many shades in between.

    • Dawn 12 months ago12 months ago

      When exactly did we elect officials to determine our medical needs? FDA is not elected. Nor is CDC. Or NIH. In fact these are corrupted agencies with revolving doors where favors are done for pharmaceutical companies in the form of approving and even mandating medicines (i.e. vaccines) in exchange for lucrative positions working for Merck for example.

      • TheMorrigan 12 months ago12 months ago

        Our California elected officials proposed and pushed this law through our state system based on what the preponderance of the medical evidence suggests. They have made thousands of such laws. In addition, Manuel was not addressing the CDC or the FDA or HIC, yet you based your entire argument on that point, Dawn. The FDA, CDC, and HIC only made recommendations pertaining to this law. Look up the California health and safety codes. There … Read More

        Our California elected officials proposed and pushed this law through our state system based on what the preponderance of the medical evidence suggests. They have made thousands of such laws. In addition, Manuel was not addressing the CDC or the FDA or HIC, yet you based your entire argument on that point, Dawn. The FDA, CDC, and HIC only made recommendations pertaining to this law.

        Look up the California health and safety codes. There are at least 120 separate divisions and sections. These are all laws pertaining to Californians and public safety. There is nothing new here about these powers. We voted these elected officials (state senators, assemblymen and governors) into office. They are the ones who make the laws.

  88. Beverly Allor 1 year ago1 year ago

    "The idea that adults and their children would be forced to submit to being injected with dozens of these organisms and organic fragments is terrifying. No regulatory agency is tracking to see if chronic diseases are rising in the vaccinated, yet we have compelling evidence of a massive rise in all autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and certain cancers since the advent of a dramatic increase in the number of vaccines being mandated. Of special concern is … Read More

    “The idea that adults and their children would be forced to submit to being injected with dozens of these organisms and organic fragments is terrifying. No regulatory agency is tracking to see if chronic diseases are rising in the vaccinated, yet we have compelling evidence of a massive rise in all autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and certain cancers since the advent of a dramatic increase in the number of vaccines being mandated.
    Of special concern is the finding that many of the contaminant organisms can pass from generation to generation. For example, new studies have found that SV-40, a major contaminant of the polio vaccine until 1963, not only existed as a latent virus for the lifetime of those exposed to the vaccine but was being passed on to the next generation, primarily by way of sperm, something called vertical transmission. This means that every generation from now on will be infected with this known carcinogenic virus. There is also compelling evidence that some polio vaccines manufactured after 1963 may contain SV-40 virus.
    What makes the SV-40 contamination disaster of such concern is its association with so many cancers – including mesothelioma, medulloblastoma, ependymoma, meningioma, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, pituitary adenoma, glioblastoma, osteosarcomas, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, papillary thyroid carcinomas, and anaplastic thyroid carcinomas.
    The Federal government has gone to enormous lengths to cover up this association, despite the powerful scientific evidence that this vaccine infected at least a hundred million people worldwide with this carcinogenic virus. And, it took over 40 years just to get this far. Linking vaccine contaminations and immunoexcitotoxicity to the drastic rise in neurodegenerative diseases will probably take even longer because of the widespread growth of entrenched powers high in government and their control of the media, which is equally extensive. The fact that powerful, enormously wealthy foundations, such as the Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Rockefeller series of foundations, are supporting forced vaccination greatly enhances the power of governments all over the World.
    These foundations operate in the shadows, influencing legislation and government actions through the World Health Organization and individual governmental bodies. Behind every call for forced vaccinations, mandated quarantines, and home invasions, one can find one of these foundations providing the money as well as experts. Remember, the largest of the pharmaceutical-vaccine manufacturers are also providing much of the money for the foundations and serving on the boards of these foundations. The Rockefellers either owned outright or had controlling interest in all of the major pharmaceutical companies. This has given them absolute and extremely powerful access to the reins of power at all levels. Yet, they can be defeated by the truth.”
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    Dr. Blaylock is a board-certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer. He attended the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. For the past 24 years he has practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice for 2 years. Retiring from his neurosurgical practice to devote full time to nutritional studies and research, Dr. Blaylock has written and illustrated three books (Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, and Natural Strategies for The Cancer Patient). In addition, he has written and illustrated three chapters in medical textbooks, written a booklet on nutritional protection against biological terrorism, has an e-booklet on radioprotection (Nuclear Sunrise), written and illustrated a booklet on multiple sclerosis, and written over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

  89. Beverly Allor 1 year ago1 year ago

    To the "grandma" that feels so smug about unvaccinated kids not being in the classroom with her grandchild, I have news for you. Your grandchild will be in the company of unvaccinated individuals every time they leave their home. At the park, the zoo, the library, the grocery store, etc. Why are these people so stupid that they don't think about this. Do they really think the only threat for disease is unvaccinated kindergartners at … Read More

    To the “grandma” that feels so smug about unvaccinated kids not being in the classroom with her grandchild, I have news for you. Your grandchild will be in the company of unvaccinated individuals every time they leave their home. At the park, the zoo, the library, the grocery store, etc. Why are these people so stupid that they don’t think about this. Do they really think the only threat for disease is unvaccinated kindergartners at school?? International travelers bring shit over here EVERY SINGLE DAY. (Hello, Ebola.) But blame and punish healthy unvaxed kids.

    These politicians don’t care about our kids, they care about their wallets…most are bought.

  90. Lucy Hill 1 year ago1 year ago

    Is there going to be a law to keep recently vaccinated children out of school, a new study has revealed that it’s them who are spreading the Whooping Cough / Pertussis, the same has already been found with Measles.

    http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/13/146

    “asymptomatic transmission is the most parsimonious explanation for many of the observations surrounding the resurgence of B. pertussis in the US and UK”

  91. Andrea 1 year ago1 year ago

    I guess if the government told people they need to jump off a mountain everyone would do it because you’ve brainwashed yourselves to believe that what may seem right is not always right…I say people do your research. If you care about your kids do some research…just don’t follow someone’s rules telling you as a parent what you can and cannot do

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    • Don 1 year ago1 year ago

      I agree with you, Andrea, that we should not blindly follow along and that, therefore, it is only right and proper for the health of one's children to be a parent's primary consideration. So, when it comes to opting out let's put the risk versus benefit of vaccination in perspective with another looming health crisis. Given the large nationwide uptick in anxiety disorders post Common Core there's far larger mental and physical … Read More

      I agree with you, Andrea, that we should not blindly follow along and that, therefore, it is only right and proper for the health of one’s children to be a parent’s primary consideration. So, when it comes to opting out let’s put the risk versus benefit of vaccination in perspective with another looming health crisis. Given the large nationwide uptick in anxiety disorders post Common Core there’s far larger mental and physical health danger inherent in your child’s daily experience at school than any chance of a bad reaction to vaccines. By all means fight for your beliefs not to vaccinate if you find it to be a worthy cause. But remember there are more worthy causes, the results of which you may yet to understand for failing to cast a wide net in the safeguarding of your person and personal freedoms.

  92. Desi 1 year ago1 year ago

    Do you know if religious exemptions will be grandfathered in as well or will current RE need to obtain a PBE before January 2016 to be grandfathered?

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    • John C. Osborn 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hey Desi,

      According to SB 277, regardless of whether it is a personal belief exemption or religious exemption, as long as the exemption was filed prior to Jan 1., 2016, it will apply to the child until their next grade span.

      Cheers~

  93. John 1 year ago1 year ago

    my child will be enrolled in transitional kindergarten next month August 2015 with a religious exemption. does transitional kindergarten exemption count as kindergarten exemption and the checkpoint is then at seventh grade?

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    • John C. Osborn 1 year ago1 year ago

      Correct. Transitional kindergarten is included in the K-6 tier.

  94. Mammato3 1 year ago1 year ago

    This website is very helpful, thank you! I would like to know if anyone can answer how the government can legally bestow privileges (exemptions) on only certain groups of people (families wealthy enough to have only one income, kids with IEPs, homeless children), and not others. What if my child does poorly in a homeschool or independent study situation, but according to existing California law and education codes, she still has a mandated right to … Read More

    This website is very helpful, thank you! I would like to know if anyone can answer how the government can legally bestow privileges (exemptions) on only certain groups of people (families wealthy enough to have only one income, kids with IEPs, homeless children), and not others. What if my child does poorly in a homeschool or independent study situation, but according to existing California law and education codes, she still has a mandated right to a public education? Just wondering if anyone else foresees a lot of litigation with this bill.

  95. Angela 1 year ago1 year ago

    Thank you. This article makesthe law easy to understand an lays out what I need to do

  96. Emily Fleck 1 year ago1 year ago

    Question: My son is 8 months old. If I were to get a medical exemption signed and completed by our doctor before January 2016 would it still be valid when he starts preschool in two years or when he starts kindergarten? Thank you

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    • John C. Osborn 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hey Emily,

      You’re correct. As long as you filed a medical affidavit with the state prior to the Jan. 1, 2016 deadline, your child will be covered until they hit the next grade span. In your child’s case, that would be transitional kindergarten or kindergarten.

  97. Leo Meltvedt 1 year ago1 year ago

    Will home schoolers receive any state financial aid?

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    • John C. Osborn 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hey Leo,

      Not sure about that. I didn’t see anything in the text of the law to that effect. I’ll see if I can find out anything more about that.

      Cheers~

    • Gela Streuer 12 months ago12 months ago

      If you go to a Charter Home school program, the state will pay up to $2000 per year which can be used for tutors, music lessons or other ways to enrich your child’s education.

  98. Cherie 1 year ago1 year ago

    You say “As of July 1, 2016, all students entering 7th grade will be required to have the pertussis vaccination.” Do you mean getting a booster pertussis vaccination? Or do the ones they already have qualify?

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  99. Jenny 1 year ago1 year ago

    I signed a Personal Belief exemption form for my Transitional Kindergarten student the fall of 2014. He is entering Kindergarten this year at a different school. Will I need to get a new exemption form or will he be ok till 7th grade?

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  100. TxWarriorMama 1 year ago1 year ago

    As a born and raised Californian, now living in Texas, I am horrified at this. We fought a bunch of laws here in the most recent legislative session, and, thankfully, prevailed. The idea of the government making medical decisions for my family is unacceptable. If there are risks (as documented on *every* vaccine insert), there must be choice. This isn't just about vaccines, folks, it is about human and parental rights. … Read More

    As a born and raised Californian, now living in Texas, I am horrified at this. We fought a bunch of laws here in the most recent legislative session, and, thankfully, prevailed. The idea of the government making medical decisions for my family is unacceptable. If there are risks (as documented on *every* vaccine insert), there must be choice. This isn’t just about vaccines, folks, it is about human and parental rights. Medical care should not be one size fits all – because it doesn’t.

    Another issue with this law – Kids with IEPs are exempt (good for them – I have one with and one without), isn’t it clearly discriminatory against kids who do not have IEPs, since they are not afforded the sames rights and protection as kids with IEPs?

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    • Gary Ravani 1 year ago1 year ago

      Warrior mama: Time to stop "thinking" like a warrior and more like a responsible citizen. The problem with your "analysis" is you have a right to make medical decisions for your family, but not when it negatively affects my family. As they used to say: "Your rights stop right at the tip of my nose." Parents now have choices, which conservative seem to love: Choose to get your kid vaccinated, as science says is most sensible, or … Read More

      Warrior mama:

      Time to stop “thinking” like a warrior and more like a responsible citizen. The problem with your “analysis” is you have a right to make medical decisions for your family, but not when it negatively affects my family. As they used to say: “Your rights stop right at the tip of my nose.”

      Parents now have choices, which conservative seem to love: Choose to get your kid vaccinated, as science says is most sensible, or choose not to attend public school and put my (grand)child in danger. It’s all pretty simple.

      • Sasha Blan 1 year ago1 year ago

        Maybe back in your day when you only got 3 vaccinations it wasnt a big deal. But today it is. Many children are getting vaccination injuries, that we as parents are being told "it is not from the vaccine". We too have rights as parents on what we think is right for our very own child. Vaccinations are a wonderful medical creation, but like all medicine it doesnt work for everyone. And when your grandchild … Read More

        Maybe back in your day when you only got 3 vaccinations it wasnt a big deal. But today it is. Many children are getting vaccination injuries, that we as parents are being told “it is not from the vaccine”. We too have rights as parents on what we think is right for our very own child. Vaccinations are a wonderful medical creation, but like all medicine it doesnt work for everyone. And when your grandchild gets a vaccination injury and cant walk because of it, then lets revisit our rights and who is sitting next to who.

      • Jill 1 year ago1 year ago

        You apparently believe your right penetrates actually inside of my children’s bodies! Rather more invasive than the tip of your nose. Back off chucko!

  101. yahaira 1 year ago1 year ago

    We should have the right to vaccine our children if we want to….. This is united states of america………..it means freedom!!!!!!!

  102. navigio 1 year ago1 year ago

    Currently, if a student stays out of school longer than a certain number of days they get referred to authorities (police, da, cps?). If a student is held out of school due to non vaccination will they face legal proceedings or worse?

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    • John C. Osborn 1 year ago1 year ago

      According to CDE, if a parent files an affidavit with CDE that they will be either enrolling their child in a private school or taking responsibility for their education, then there wouldn’t be an issue with truancy.

  103. Patricia Verdugo 1 year ago1 year ago

    I was all for this bill - until I found out how many vaccines are now required turning it into a police state. You can ease up on some of these even my children in they're 40's having children this bill affects and I "was" for it until I saw the requirements. Children do NOT need influenza vaccine nor will I have it and my engineer dad said never in life would he … Read More

    I was all for this bill – until I found out how many vaccines are now required turning it into a police state. You can ease up on some of these even my children in they’re 40’s having children this bill affects and I “was” for it until I saw the requirements. Children do NOT need influenza vaccine nor will I have it and my engineer dad said never in life would he take it
    In my opinion as long as they get the basics and not 20 some shots this is a ridiculous bill and way too strong turning it into a police state.
    I for one will do my best to over turn this bill it is way too strict denying children the education they deserve. Its our RIGHT…..

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hi Patricia.
      The influenza vaccination is not required under the new law. Children are required to be immunized against 10 diseases: diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type b (bacterial meningitis), measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, rubella, tetanus, hepatitis B and chicken pox.
      Jane

      • Rachael 1 year ago1 year ago

        Still way too many. One (Polio) is a disease that is virtually eradicated worldwide, and hasn’t had a single case in the US that WASN’T CAUSE BY THE VACCINE ITSELF

        • Don 1 year ago1 year ago

          Rachel, Polio still exists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Chad. If you are against having the Polio vaccine you are joined in the company of the Taliban which has imposed a ban on it. But can I ask you, how is it that Polio has been eradicated everywhere else? One day it will cease to exist if the Polio initiative is fully funded and the vaccine will be unnecessary. The world … Read More

          Rachel, Polio still exists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Chad. If you are against having the Polio vaccine you are joined in the company of the Taliban which has imposed a ban on it. But can I ask you, how is it that Polio has been eradicated everywhere else? One day it will cease to exist if the Polio initiative is fully funded and the vaccine will be unnecessary. The world and particularly those who refused to vaccinate will owe a debt of gratitude to those with the social conscience who chose to vaccinate and follow sound medical practice and social practice. Did it occur to you that you’re only able to avoid the possibility of your children becoming crippled because others chose to take the cure when you wouldn’t?

  104. Edwin HInds 1 year ago1 year ago

    This website helped me understand my rights as a parent and I am grateful for the information. Personally I am for safe and none toxic Vaccines that have had third party testing. The problem I have is that doesn't excites yet....I do not trust the companies that manufacture them and there studies. Google all the lies and deception that has been caught in. But yet media and Big Pharm keeps control and keep it from … Read More

    This website helped me understand my rights as a parent and I am grateful for the information. Personally I am for safe and none toxic Vaccines that have had third party testing. The problem I have is that doesn’t excites yet….I do not trust the companies that manufacture them and there studies. Google all the lies and deception that has been caught in. But yet media and Big Pharm keeps control and keep it from being known. Also the Doctors need to have a reporting requirement by law to report all and any adverse vaccination reactions and that is not in place yet. Plus the Vaccine companies should not be protected by the law. If a vaccine causes damage to a child The manufacture not the Government should be held accountable. Thanks for letting me voice my thoughts

  105. paul k 1 year ago1 year ago

    Luckily, our pediatrician has already made it clear that medical exemptions will be easy to obtain.

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    • rebecca 1 year ago1 year ago

      Please email me privately to give me the name of your pediatrician. Thank you!

    • Brandi 1 year ago1 year ago

      I would love if you would e-mail me the name of your doctor as well… Thank you!

      • Alex 1 year ago1 year ago

        Hi Brandi,

        I was wandering if you obtain the information about the medical exemption from Paul K.

        I am referring to his Dr. name & address.

        Thank you !

        Alex

    • Jordon Smith 1 year ago1 year ago

      Please email me your Drs name. Thank you!

    • Miko 1 year ago1 year ago

      Yes Paul please me too. Thank you.

    • Anna S 1 year ago1 year ago

      Hi Paul,

      I have a 4 month old. I do not want her to get vaccinated because of the scary toxins in vaccines. It brings me comfort that your pediatrician told you that. Where is is your doctor located in California?

    • Chey 1 year ago1 year ago

      Please email me the name of your pediatrician also, it would be much appreciated.

    • Rebecca 12 months ago12 months ago

      Hi Paul!
      Could you email me the name of the pediatrician?
      Thank you!
      (This is a different Rebecca than the previous rebecca that asked you two months ago.

    • wendy r 10 months ago10 months ago

      Hi Paul,

      As many others have stated, I too would love to have your Dr’s info; at your earliest convenience, please.

      Thank you!

    • Cara 8 months ago8 months ago

      Hey Paul,

      My husband and I are moving to California from Michigan this week. We have a 4 yo daughter. Would it be possible to get your pediatrician’s name as well?

  106. Slammy 1 year ago1 year ago

    I am happy to see the removal of Brown's made-up distinction between religious and personal beliefs. Still, until 2016, people seeking a religious exemption are not required to be informed of health risks and benefits, while people seeking personal belief exemption must document that they have received such information from a health professional. What is a religious belief if not personal? The new law, even with some details yet to be sorted … Read More

    I am happy to see the removal of Brown’s made-up distinction between religious and personal beliefs. Still, until 2016, people seeking a religious exemption are not required to be informed of health risks and benefits, while people seeking personal belief exemption must document that they have received such information from a health professional. What is a religious belief if not personal? The new law, even with some details yet to be sorted out in rule making, is a much more reasonable approach to protecting our collective public health.

  107. Rebecca 1 year ago1 year ago

    I didn’t see any mention of the restriction on classroom instruction for Independent Study programs. How would this not impact public charters that have homeschool programs?

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    • Jill 1 year ago1 year ago

      I called up California Virtual Academy (CAVA) -- a California charter school that provides free k-12 education to kids in their own homes via the internet -- today to find out their vaccination policy. I was surprised and disappointed to hear that they are (inexplicably) requiring proof of full vaccination for all students. Since the children will not be congregating in classrooms, how is their vaccination status at all relevant to that kind of … Read More

      I called up California Virtual Academy (CAVA) — a California charter school that provides free k-12 education to kids in their own homes via the internet — today to find out their vaccination policy. I was surprised and disappointed to hear that they are (inexplicably) requiring proof of full vaccination for all students. Since the children will not be congregating in classrooms, how is their vaccination status at all relevant to that kind of education? I think that is probably illegal, since it is a public charter school, so the exemptions for home-school and independent study should apply: they should not be allowed to deprive more kids of their education rights when their parents are trying to follow the law and pursue home school for their unvaccinated children. However, that was CAVA’s stated position today.

  108. AmandaWen 1 year ago1 year ago

    Just a point of clarification. I think the first sentence: "....a bill that says parents can no longer refuse to vaccinate their children based on their personal opposition..." is a bit confusing. The bill doesn't say that they can no longer refuse to vaccinate their children based on their personal opposition, rather it says that if they do their children will not be admitted to public or private school (or K or … Read More

    Just a point of clarification. I think the first sentence: “….a bill that says parents can no longer refuse to vaccinate their children based on their personal opposition…” is a bit confusing. The bill doesn’t say that they can no longer refuse to vaccinate their children based on their personal opposition, rather it says that if they do their children will not be admitted to public or private school (or K or 7th grade if they are already in school.)

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

      Thanks, Amanda! I have clarified.
      Jane

  109. Mrs.Medina 1 year ago1 year ago

    Note: Homeless are also exempt from the sb277 mandate Also, I would like for edsource to research the technicalities of how this mandate conflicts with ed-code. We have a saying in the special ed world and that is not to release the district of obligation to meet services by being tricked into homeschooling. (im glad our IEP kids are safe) However, ask yourself this, how will compulsory education be forced if the district who operates under … Read More

    Note: Homeless are also exempt from the sb277 mandate
    Also, I would like for edsource to research the technicalities of how this mandate conflicts with ed-code. We have a saying in the special ed world and that is not to release the district of obligation to meet services by being tricked into homeschooling. (im glad our IEP kids are safe) However, ask yourself this, how will compulsory education be forced if the district who operates under federal mandate, are no longer able to accommodate a placement from which to be truant from under SARB. Just imagine the caseload OAH has coming down the pike, and are the school insurers ready to foot the bill for such a large amount of legal counsel obligations?

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    • Mammato3 1 year ago1 year ago

      I have the same exact question! That, and how it will be possible to fight this bill because allows privileges (exemptions) to certain groups of people (homeschoolers, kids with IEPs, homeless children) yet not to others. My child will do poorly in a homeschooling or independent study situation...we already tried it, everyone was miserable. She needs her teachers, her classroom, her peers, her legally mandated educational services, just like those kids with IEPs and the … Read More

      I have the same exact question! That, and how it will be possible to fight this bill because allows privileges (exemptions) to certain groups of people (homeschoolers, kids with IEPs, homeless children) yet not to others. My child will do poorly in a homeschooling or independent study situation…we already tried it, everyone was miserable. She needs her teachers, her classroom, her peers, her legally mandated educational services, just like those kids with IEPs and the homeless kids. It also discriminates against two-income families who cannot afford to have one parent homeschool. There are so many holes in this law it’s like swiss cheese. I really don’t see it actually happening, it’s blatantly unconstitutional.

      • Heather 1 year ago1 year ago

        Please help confused my son has an IEP. This year he’s going into seventh grade. So is he required to get the shot or is he exempt because he has IEP. Thankyou

        • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

          Hi Heather. I asked the California Department of Public Health about your son’s situation and was told that in 2015, he is still required to provide documentation for required immunizations or submit a valid exemption (medical or personal belief). There are no changes due to SB 277 until 2016.
          Hope that helps.
          Jane

  110. Julia 1 year ago1 year ago

    What about kids that are still babies but will be entering school after 2016?

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    • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

      They will be subject to the new law.

      • Anna K. 1 year ago1 year ago

        When they say that the 7th graders need to be fully vaccinated against whooping couch, it means in addition to all the other vaccines up to that time? Or, only this vaccine is required?
        Thank you.

        • Jane Meredith Adams 1 year ago1 year ago

          Hi Anna. It’s not yet clear what, if any, other vaccinations those previously unvaccinated students may have to receive – but it won’t include the hepatitis B vaccination, which is given in a series of three shots. The law specifically states that full immunization against hepatitis B is not a requirement for entering 7th grade. The issue will be clarified in the forthcoming guidance from the California Department of Public Health.
          Jane

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