The blue waiver forms are technically not supposed to be mailed/sent off campus, but our school district disagrees and sends them via mail to those who ask. I am not stating that's what all schools should do, but ours does.
A caveat: And this is coming from the Director of the CDPH Immunization Branch herself - Sandra Jo Hammer, R.N. There is no authority written into the regs re: the statute which requires a parent to have to sign off on his/her exemption form in front of any school official, and that includes nursing staff as well.
This creates an unnecessarily adversarial process, which was never intended by the CDPH.
Here is what just happened recently:
A District RN tried to tell a parent that she needed to seek advisement from her physician, prior to receiving her waiver. When I informed Sandra of this, she promptly called this nurse. When she inquired as to what reason this nurse was using in informing this parent this information, the nurse admitted it was her own 'bias.' Sandra Jo promptly informed her she was NOT to misinform parents and told her it was this parent's right to use her exemption and that this process was not meant to be intimidating or adversarial in nature.
Not only did Sandra Jo call this nurse, she then called the local public health department and another agency after that, informing them of the proper procedures should a parent ask for the waiver form. She really went the long distance to ensure parents' rights to the use of these exemptions, are upheld.
Remember, there is nothing within the regulatory provisions contained within the statute which requires school district officials to inform parents of these waivers. However, if a parent knows to ask for their right to an exemption and asks for their waiver (or in turn knows they can simply write a letter, stating they are philosophically opposed to vaccinations, including the new Tdap mandate), then that school official MUST provide the waiver information.
The use of our state's right to exemptions was never, ever meant to be an adversarial situation. It never has been for us. It absolutely breaks my heart when I have a parent contact me and tell me they've been given the run around when trying to use their exemptions.
The CDPH has put me on notice that, should any parent call me up with a valid complaint about a school official trying to make it difficult for them to use their exemption, I am to contact the CDPH and they will promptly contact the offending school district official.