DD is 4 and has been attending a daycare facility in New York City for the past 3 years, most recently, she has been in pre-k at this facility and was accepted for UPK.
When she started back in 09, I submitted my vaccination waiver form to them along with a letter explaining my reasons not to vaccinate based on my sincere religious beliefs.
They accepted it, I assume they submitted it to the NYS Health Department (is that what happens? sorry Im a little rusty on the procedures) and I have had no problems/comebacks in the last 3 years. YAY!
However DD is starting Kindergarten in September and we are moving out of NYC, but still in New York- we are just going further upstate. I am about to start the registration process and of course this whole issue has got me nervous again. I just had a couple of questions, if anyone could help?
- Should I expect any problems? If my waiver and letter have already been accepted, can they now deny it? I thought it was up to the state, not the school? But after refreshing my research on this recently, it seems alot of schools think they are a law unto themselves:
This makes me wonder...who decides that your sincere religious beliefs are indeed sincere and that your religious exemption is approved? The school? The district? The state?
As is common, most people are shocked to learn that there is an exemption when I respond to the 'if shes not vaccinated, she wont be allowed into school' crowd. And now I'm getting this response 'well that may have gone over down in the city, but that might not fly up here!'
So what should my main concerns be here?
Thanks everyone!! :)
Many seem to think NYC is harder to get the exemption than upstate, so you may be fine. :) Are you moving into Westchester or further north?
Every district is different. And yes, they can decline a previously accepted waiver.
In our district, it's the principal who has to accept or decline the waiver. Not sure if that's the general rule. We haven't had a problem with our public school, btw. (We're in Putnam.)
Suz, mommy to 2 chess-playing, lightsaber-wielding boys
Yes, in New York State, it is up to the principal/director to accept or deny your exemption. If he/she denies, though, he/she needs to provide a legitimate reason--in writing-- for not believing your religious sincerity. You will have to re-submit for each new school you attend. As the pp said, it depends upon the school and the principal. I have heard of one case where a state official looking through medical forms from a school questioned an exemption even though the principal had okayed it...but I'm sure that's not common (at least not yet).
I hope you don't have any trouble...I know, firsthand, how nerve-wracking it can be (going through it again myself, soon). But trust that you are doing what you know is right for your family, regardless of what struggles you may come up against.