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I'm Not Vaccinating > religious exemption at daycare questions
monbebe's Avatar monbebe 07:48 PM 06-09-2011

DS just got into daycare (we live in washington dc) -- i worked hard for that! he isn't vaxed, and i have a few questions:


1. do i just submit his health form along with a notarized document saying something like "vaxing violates my religious beliefs" and deal with anything else that comes up later? or do i handle it differently?


2. do they have the (legal) right to ask more details about my religious objection? do they have the right to make me explain myself in detail?


3. he had a lead test. nothing else. in DC a lead test, tb test and vaxes are required. i'm loath to give him a tb test. does the tb test fall under my religious exemption?


4. what are the privacy laws surrounding all this? anyone know?


i wasn't vaxed, but grew up in a state with a conscientious objection, and this is all making me very nervous!


THANK YOU in advance!

ma2two's Avatar ma2two 12:52 AM 06-10-2011

§ 38-506. Exemption from certification [Formerly § 31-506]

No certification of immunization shall be required for the admission to a school of a student:

(1) For whom the responsible person objects in good faith and in writing, to the chief official of the school, that immunization would violate his or her religious beliefs



§ 38-501. Definitions [Formerly § 31-501] 
For the purpose of this chapter:

(1) The term "admit" or the term "admission" means the official enrollment at any level by a school of a student that entitles the student to attend the school regularly, whether full-time or part-time, and to participate fully in all the activities established for a student of his or her age, educational level, or other appropriate classification.

(2) The term "certification of immunization" means written certification by a private physician, his or her representative, or the public health authorities that the student is immunized.

(3) The term "student" means any person who seeks admission to school, or for whom admission to school is sought by a parent or guardian, and who will not have attained the age of 26 years by the start of the school term for which admission is sought.

(4) The term "immunized" or the term "immunization" means initial immunization and any boosters or reimmunization required to maintain immunization against diphtheria, poliomyelitis, tetanus, rubella, measles, and mumps in accordance with the immunization standards issued by the public health authorities pursuant to this chapter.

(5) The term "Mayor" means the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

(6) The term "public health authorities" means the official or officials of the executive branch of the government of the District of Columbia designated by the Mayor pursuant to this chapter.

(7) The term "responsible person" means, in the case of a student under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian of the student, but in the case of a student 18 years of age or older, the student himself or herself.

(8) The term "school" means:

(A) Any public school through the 12th grade operated under the authority of the Board of Education of the District of Columbia;

(B) Any private or parochial school that offers instruction at any level or grade from kindergarten through 12th;

(C) Any private or parochial nursery school or preschool, or any private or parochial day-care facility required to be licensed by the District of Columbia; and

(D) Any college or university created or incorporated by special act of Congress or the Council of the District of Columbia or required to be licensed by the District of Columbia.

Notice how the law does not say anything about allowing the school to question your beliefs.
I haven't found anything about the TB test yet.
The District of Colombia Child Health Certificate says, "This form is a confidential document.  Confidentiality is adherent to The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) for the health providers, and The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for the DC Schools and other providers."