Is Pennsylvania public school really tough on allowing exemptions? I received a packet of info from a private preschool and in the sales cover letter it stated absolutely no exemptions. Is that even legal?
We are thinking of moving to PA. Any info would be appreciated.
Private can do as they please IF they receive NO state/federal money.
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TX Attorney General opinion ga0420
"Whether private schools must accept for
enrollment children who have received an
exemption from the immunizations required by the
Texas Health and Safety Code"
"We conclude therefore that a private school that does not accept state tax funds is not required to accept for enrollment a child who has received an exemption from the immunizations required by the Health and Safety Code."
TITLE 24. EDUCATION
CHAPTER 1. PUBLIC SCHOOL CODE OF 1949
ARTICLE XIII. PUPILS AND ATTENDANCE
24 P.S. § 13-1303a (2007)
§ 13-1303a. Immunization required; penalty
(a) It shall be the duty of all school directors, superintendents, principals, or other persons in charge of any public, private, parochial, or other school including kindergarten, to ascertain that every child, prior to admission to school for the first time has been immunized, as the Secretary of Health may direct, against such diseases as shall appear on a list to be made and from time to time reviewed by the Advisory Health Board. All certificates of immunization shall be issued in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary of Health with the sanction and advice of the Advisory Health Board.
(b) Any person who shall fail, neglect, or refuse to comply with, or who shall violate, any of the provisions or requirements of this section, except as hereinafter provided, shall, for every such offense, upon summary conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than five dollars ($ 5) nor more than one hundred dollars ($ 100), and in default thereof, to undergo an imprisonment in the jail of the proper county for a period not exceeding sixty (60) days. All such fines shall be paid into the treasury of the school district.
(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of any child deemed to have a medical contraindication which may contraindicate immunization and so certified by a physician. Such certificates may be accepted in lieu of a certificate of immunization.
(d) The provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of any child whose parent or guardian objects in writing to such immunization on religious grounds.
28 Pa. Code. § 23.84 (2007)
§ 23.84. Exemption from immunization.
(a) Medical exemption. Children need not be immunized if a physician or the physician’s designee provides a written statement that immunization may be detrimental to the health of the child. When the physician determines that immunization is no longer detrimental to the health of the child, the child shall be immunized according to this subchapter.
(b) Religious exemption. Children need not be immunized if the parent, guardian or emancipated child objects in writing to the immunization on religious grounds or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief.
I have boys! My first baby boy was born 10/08 and my second baby boy was born 7/12
I hope it's ok to revive an old thread!
I have an appointment with our local elementary school in Delaware County next week to register my Son for Kindergarten and I'll be asked to show immunization records, which I don't have since we've chosen not to vaccinate. So I really want to make sure I come prepared.
So far I have a letter stating our moral/religious exemption and a copy of the PA school immunization rules and regulations. Any other suggestions or tips? Thanks!
Hi, I'm in Delaware County, Pa. and had no problem registering my totally unvaccinated son for public school kindergarten (2.5 years ago). I contacted the doctor in charge of the school district and asked what documents I should have. He said bring the religious (or in my case strong philosophical belief or however it is worded) exemption form and a note from his pediatrician stating that he was in good health. So just ask the head honcho what he/she wants and you should be all set.
It's easy. write a letter to the school saying vaccines go against your strong moral or ethical convictions.
"Children need not be immunized if the parent, guardian or emancipated child objects in writing to the immunization on religious grounds or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief."