Under California Health and Safety Code, Sections 120325-120375, children in California are required to receive certain immunizations in order to attend public and private elementary and secondary schools, child care centers, family day care homes, nursery schools, day nurseries, and developmental centers (pre-kindergarten facilities). See shotsforschool.org/laws for the full text of the laws.
As both a licensed day care facility and a private elementary school, MIR is required by these statutes to enforce immunization requirements, maintain immunization records of all children enrolled, and submit reports.
Children will not be enrolled at MIR unless an immunization record is presented and immunizations are up to date, with some exceptions:
Personal beliefs exemption: Personal belief exemptions on file at MIR before January 1, 2016 for a child already attending remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint (ages 4-6, age 7/1st grade). At the next checkpoint, you must present an immunization record with up-to-date immunizations to MIR in order for your child to remain enrolled.
Under California Senate Bill (SB) 277, beginning January 1, 2016 parents were no longer able to file exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, to vaccines that are currently required for entry into childcare or school in California. Only medical exemptions are now allowed.
Medical exemption: Children with a medical exemption must present a signed letter from a doctor licensed to practice in California on official letterhead stating why there is an exemption and the duration of the exemption, temporary or permanent. If the exemption is temporary, the letter must provide a date when the exemption expires.
For more information about school immunization requirements and resources, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website at shotsforschool.org.
The State of California has updated California Code of Regulations Title 17 Division 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter 8 to provide a new immunization schedule for students and to add a requirement for a second dose of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. This new schedule and requirement will be in force as of July 1, 2019.
MIR’s admissions practice regarding unconditional admissions and conditional admissions will be to follow California state law as expressed in this document. Parents are advised to review the document to understand the laws and MIR’s admissions practice.