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SB277, which removes the Personal and Religious Exemption option for vaccinations for public schools, private schools and child care providers, has now been signed by Gov. Brown.
Here are a couple of things to consider when enrolling with CalPac Online:
The following are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for all parents and guardians of current and prospective students of CalPac Online regarding the new legal changes surrounding Senate Bill 277 (“SB 277”) and required student immunizations.
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1. What is SB 277?
Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277 in 2015, which, among other things, amended Health and Safety Code section 120335 to require that all students, upon first admission to a private and public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home or development center, show proof of immunization against the following diseases: (1) Diphtheria; (2) Haemophilus influenzae type b; (3) Measles; (4) Mumps; (5) Pertussis (whooping cough); (6) Poliomyelitis; (7) Rubella; (8) Tetanus; (9) Hepatitis B; and, (10) Varicella (chickenpox).
Senate Bill 277 allows the Department of Health to identify other diseases requiring proof of immunization based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and other appropriate agencies.
Starting July 1, 2016, all students who are admitted for the first time to an educational institution identified in the list above and all students advancing to 7th grade must provide proof of vaccination. Health and Safety Code section 120335(g)(3).
Senate Bill 277 provides the following limited exemptions to the vaccination requirement:
Please note that pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 120370(b) and notwithstanding the exemptions noted above, if an educational institution has good cause to believe that a child has been exposed to a disease listed above and his or her documentary proof of immunization status does not show proof of immunization against that disease, that child may be temporarily excluded from the school or institution until the local health officer is satisfied that the child is no longer at risk of developing or transmitting the disease.
2. Must I vaccinate my child in order to remain enrolled in CalPac Online?
CalPac Online is an independent study program, and its primary method of instruction is independent study in accordance with Ed. Code section 551745 et seq. As such, a student enrolled in CCCS is exempt from the requirements of Senate Bill 277, as enacted, pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 120335(f). If a student were to enroll in another educational program that is not an independent study program, of course, then the requirements of Senate Bill 277 would apply to that student.
As stated above, the law exempts a student who is enrolled in an independent study program and does not receive classroom-based instruction. It is not clear whether the legislature intended this to mean that any such student is prohibited from any classroom activities on our campuses. The Department of Health is working on regulations, which we hope will define this further. We will update parents and guardians once we have more information.
3. What are the current vaccination requirements in order to enroll my child in child-care or at California Pacific Charter School?
4. What may happen if I choose not to vaccinate my child and there is an outbreak of measles or another type of communicable disease?
Beyond specific medical procedures, in the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease, if there is good cause to believe that a child has been exposed to a communicable disease and the child does not have the required immunization against that disease, that child may be temporarily excluded from the School until the local health officer (county department of health) is satisfied that the child is no longer at risk of developing or transmitting the disease.
5. How do I submit my Personal Belief Exemption to CalPac Online and what is the deadline?
Please be advised that the School will not be able to accept any Personal Belief Exemptions after December 18, 2015, as the School will be closed for winter break until January 4, 2016.
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