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#1 of 8 Old 05-13-2002, 10:09 AM - Thread Starter
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Do waldorf schools give you any problems with having children that aren't vaccinated attend?
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I'm sure schools vary, but my son goes to a Waldorf school and is not fully vaccinated. I just signed the waiver on the back of the vaccination card and it was fine. He has been to two different Waldorf schools and we did this at each and they were both fine with it. But, different states have different laws regarding exemptions, so you'll have to look into what exemptions your own state honors.

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The school doctor for our Waldorf school is also an anthroposophical doctor and many of the children are not vaccinated. I just signed the waiver as well.
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When you all say you signed a waiver, do you mean you signed for a religious exemption? Also If your child is partially vaccinated which mine is would you recommend ommitting that on the form when signing the waiver. I have heard it is all or nothing.
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Different states have different requirements. My state allows for a personal, religious or medical exemption. I signed and checked the box for personal exemption and just left it at that. My oldest child is partially vaccinated and I didn't share that information mainly because if I did I'd have to show them the immunization records and I didn't want to bother getting them from the doctor's office. And since I signed the waiver they didn't care about getting records for any vaccinations he did have.

I have heard that in some states it is "all or nothing" but this is an individual state issue, and even then I think they'd have a hard time enforcing it. I mean, who is to say that it isn't your "personal belief" that children can have the tetanus vaccine but cannot have the MMR vaccine? I think as long as your state has a "personal belief" exemption then you should be fine.

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Thanks Mamamer for your reply. Unfortunately my state only allows a medical or religious exemption. I saw a few replies from some from Baltimore, Maryland. My daughter is going to be attending the Acorn Hill Waldorf school in Silver Spring in the Fall. I am just curious about if I will get any questioning if I just sign the religious waiver and ommit the fact that my child was partially vaccinated. Have any had any difficulties from the Baltimore/Washington Waldorf schools?
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I am in Baltimore and my daughter was partially vaccinated and I signed the religious waiver. I no longer go to the pediatrician who gave the few vaccines my dd did get, so there was no one to question if it was true that she never had any. It was last fall that that happened and I have never had anyone question it. Hope that helps!

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There is a way around this from what I understand.

A religious exemption is based on religious beliefs you testify too having at the MOMENT YOU SIGN THE WAIVER. So if in the past you partially vax'd a child, and then changed your mind about vax's, and went to go get a religous waiver, that is NOT A CONTRADICTION. It is unimportant how long you had your faith, 2 seconds or 2 days before signing the waiver. The waiver is a testament to the *future* vaxing of your child...not the *past*.

What is *NOT* accepted usually is a "partial vax" faith. Legally, you either believe in them or not. So, get all the vax you want for your child BEFORE signing the waiver. That is what I have been told.

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