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Trying to enroll DS in school in Kentucky

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

We recently moved to Kentucky from Arizona due to a job transfer. We never had any issues about our choice not to vaccinate in AZ but when I called the school DS will be attending, I was told I need a religious exemption provided and signed by a doctor. So I made an appointment, gritted my teeth and tried to prepare myself for a battle. Lo and behold, the doctor told me I need a note from my church stating that I'm a regularly attending member. Well, the problem is that I'm atheist and, while philosophical exemption was permissable in AZ, it's not here. Does anyone have any experience with this? I don't know if it's this particular doctor or if every doctor would require this of me. Please help. TIA.

post #2 of 10

Yeah that's BULLDOODOO and these people don't know what they are talking about.

All you have to do is fill out this form

http://education.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/535FF8D6-1405-492E-991B-E1689996CBBF/0/RELIGIOUSEXEMPTION3.doc

 

 and have it signed by the doc or your local health department. Here are your state laws

http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements/kentucky.aspx

 

there is nothing there about having to belong to any church or have the exemption filled out by a religious leader. Print out the law and turn it in with your exemption. You doc has to sign it by law if you are requesting it.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks, that makes me feel a little better. We used to see a naturopath when we were in AZ but I'm having a hard time finding any kind of alternative health care provider here who isn't focused on weight loss or addiction. We're also planning an unattended home birth in September (CPMs aren't legal here either) and would like to take our new baby to see a naturopath for his or her initial post-natal check-up. I think I'm just going to go through the health department to get this paperwork and then continue on my quest to find some sort of holistic doctor for my family.

post #4 of 10
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HA! I just got off the phone with the health department who said they don't require any kind of documentation to prove my religion. So we have an appointment for tomorrow morning. WHEW! I'll tell ya, there are at least a few expletives that come to mind that I wouldn't mind sharing with that SOB doctor. What a jerk.

post #5 of 10

Glad you worked it out. There are so many school officials and doctors that truly do not know the laws of their own state. They assume parents are clueless and continue to pass on the party line whoch is often WRONG!

 

As for finding an ND - goodluck. Keep searching!

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Marnica View Post

Glad you worked it out. There are so many school officials and doctors that truly do not know the laws of their own state. They assume parents are clueless and continue to pass on the party line which is often WRONG!

 

As for finding an ND - goodluck. Keep searching!

Yes, this!  I'm not sure how natural-minded friendly your new area is, but try the finding your tribe area here on MDC, there are a lot of parents here local to you that might be able to give you suggestions or workarounds :) 

 

Also, we took our exemption form to the local health dept., along with a notarized statement from me (was mandatory, not sure if it still is...?  check the law.)  Be prepared for them to try to talk you out of the exemption.  This doesn't always happen, but be prepared anyway.  Go in confident and don't engage in debate. 
 

 

post #7 of 10
I was told you cannot enroll your child in a KY school without proof of vaccinations...I just had my first and refused the hep b, and do not want any vaccines...did you have to get any vaccines at all? I am feeling great pressure from my pediatrician and am certain he will not treat my baby if I refuse to vaccinate...
post #8 of 10

Talk to StephandOwen.  Her son had a couple vaxes as an infant and nothing since then, and he goes to a school in Kentucky. :)
 

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Originally Posted by Chirogirl01 View Post

I was told you cannot enroll your child in a KY school without proof of vaccinations...I just had my first and refused the hep b, and do not want any vaccines...did you have to get any vaccines at all? I am feeling great pressure from my pediatrician and am certain he will not treat my baby if I refuse to vaccinate...


 

post #9 of 10
Thanks! Also, they are freaking me out, basically saying he will die for sure if I decide to not vaccinate...it's a bit overwhelming with the first baby!
post #10 of 10

Just want to chime in that although CPMs are illegal in Kentucky, there are quite a few practicing under the radar if you would like some form of attended homebirth.  I'd be happy to point you in their direction through PM if you'd like. 

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