I wasn't sure whether to post this on the Military Moms forum or this one so please bear with me.
I have an almost 4 year old son who has not been vaxed. We are looking to have him start going to the pre-K program on base. However, the DoDs site states that a child MUST be current on all of their immunizations in order to attend. From this particular forum, I am aware that there is an AF reg that states that one can have a religious exemption and attend a DoD school.
Is there anyone out there who has successfully been able to have their non-vaxed child attend the Dods school on this base, specifically? I would love to chat with anyone who has had direct experience with Dods schools in the US - especially at Maxwell. I am really anxious about a potential 'battle' over this issue. I have a religious exemption certificate from the state of Alabama but I expect that the base will say that they do not need to accept it because they are on federal property, blah, blah, blah.
I am so grateful to be able to be part of this forum. I have feeling that I have to stay 'underground' with regards to our choice....
Thanks to everyone who provides their wisdom on this site!!
DoDEA Manual 2942.0 March 2004/DoDEA Health Service Guide, DS Manual 2942.0
On page 33, Section F2 Immunizations:
For the Dodea form:
Army Regulation 40-562 (also Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, but reg number) with the sections highlighted that said on pg 10 of the reg in section3-2 b. (4):
[quote](4) Department of Defense schoolteachers, daycare center workers, and children attending DOD–sponsored schools
and daycare centers or similar facilities on military installations. As a condition of employment or attendance at these
facilities, schoolteachers, childcare center workers, volunteers, and children attending DOD–sponsored primary and
secondary schools, childcare centers, or similar facilities are administered appropriate vaccines against communicable
diseases unless already immune (based on documented receipt of vaccine series or physician–diagnosed illness) or
medically/administratively exempt. For rubella, immunity is based only on documentation of immunization or laboratory
evidence of immunity. Administer influenza vaccine annually to schoolteachers, daycare workers, and volunteers.
In addition, all other age appropriate ACIP–recommended vaccines for children are required unless there is documentation
of previous immunization, religious exemption, or medical contraindication. Installation medical staff will collaborate
with DOD school and daycare center authorities to ensure effective immunization screening procedures. LocalMTFs will appoint liaisons to these facilities to ensure understanding and compliance. For foreign–national children
outside the United States, observe host country recommendations or requirements.[/quote]
specifically states, "Department of Defense schoolteachers, daycare center workers, and children attending DOD–sponsored schools
Thank you for taking the time to reply to my post. I appreciate the links and the information you provided for me. I am definitely keeping these handy to print out and bring with me when I register my son. I am also hoping that there may be someone on this site who has had experience at this particular DoDs school so I can have a better sense of what to expect (a big fight or actually having my exemption respected).
Thanks again for your time.
They all opened for me from the post though it took about 30sec.