Hi- I'm new here and I've seen this question before, but haven't seen a definitive answer on it, and I need to know in the next 2 weeks- please help!
I am in California (Santa Clara County). My daughter is starting a "Junior Kindergarten" program on 8/29/11 that is a private school. It's owned by the same company as the daycare we've had her at forever, and there I've never provided her vax record- just signed the personal exemption form. the original daycare/preschool has never questioned me on it, but this new school includes elementary grades and I just have a feeling they'll be more "official" about it. She is partially vaxed and I plan to continue to selectively/delay vax going forward.
My question: if I do a Personal Beliefs Excemption, is it better to say we've had no vax or show our partial vax record? I know in the event of an outbreak, if they don't have proof of a certain vax they may require her to stay home (very unlikely, I think- but in that case, I could then produce the vax record to prove she's vaxed against that specific thing, right?) I've heard some people say that in some states it's all or nothing or that they hassle you if you claim this exemption with a partial vax record, OR that if you then later choose to add more vaxes, it nullifies the personal beliefs exemption- has anyone had that happen in CA?? I know the CA form SAYS you can refuse "all or some" due to personal beliefs, but I'd like to hear from people who've already done this whether they recommend telling the school I've partially vaxed or if that causes more problems than just signing the form and not providing the vax records (i.e., implying you've done no vax at all)??
The school sent us this, but I haven't seen the "health form" they're referring to- it sounds like it's in addition to the vax record and that your dr. has to sign it- in which case, she would definitely put down that my daughter is partially vaxed. Has anyone else had to fill out a "health form"?? I'm going to call to get a copy so I can tell you exactly what's on it:
"State regulations require that schools have information on file that show all enrolled students are up-to-date with nationally recommended preventive health services. This information ensures that your child is protected from infectious diseases that can be prevented by immunization and that they have had the tests to find any problems that may interfere with learning. We must have the following health and immunization form from your student’s physician or certified pediatric nurse practitioner before school begins on August 29th.
Before you give the form to your child’s usual source of health care, you should complete the information you already know; name, birth date, address, etc. A licensed physician or certified pediatric nurse practitioner must sign the form that documents that that your student has received the recommended services. All parts of the form must be completed and be legible. Forms must be returned to us in person, or they can be mailed or faxed to our office."
Another slight complication is I'm now divorced, my ex is pro-vax, and I'm worried he might say something to them (unlikely, but worried anyway) or they may ask him about it to confirm if I don't give them her record and they want to ask him why she's not vaxed- he may say "yes of course she is- only partially" and then get on my case about why she's not fully vaxed....You can't help me w/that probably, but it's a risk if I don't tell them she's partially vaxed and he denies that.
thanks for any and all help you can give- I really appreciate it!