Looking to get son into private christian/catholic school in MA. I have a religious exemption and can get a medical exemption also from his doctor.
My son is 4 and am looking into private schools in western, MA for next fall. What steps have you taken in getting your child into your private school of choice? Also, the schools I am interested in are Blessed Sacrament and First Lutheran school. Have any of you mothers had any experience in these schools? Were they ok with vaccine waivers/exemptions? They are located in Holyoke (even though we do not live there) but willing to travel for a great education. Did you call the school secretary or speak to the school nurse? Just need some advice and suggestions/experiences would be helpful. Thank you.
I just wanted to let other moms know in Western MA that I did indeed call the schools and they do accept both religious and medical exemptions. I think most private schools in MA should and do. So do not worry, just talk to the principal and she will answer all your questions. They simply ask for a waiver form/letter filled out by the parent. Thanks for the greetings! :)
So glad to see there is someone else in the same situation. We have 4 year old twins and are stressing out about the vaccine religious exemption. Is the religious exemption really as easy as you say? My kids are one year away from kindergarten (Sept. 2013) and we are looking into a Catholic School as well as the public schools in Massachusetts. I have read on line that some Catholic Schools do not accept this exemption. Do you know if this is true in this state? I am so afraid to let a school know before we need to in fear the kids will not be admitted to the school. (I know it is against the law in Massachusetts for schools to do so, but just still worry they will give us a hard time, especially at a Catholic school.) I am getting worried that registering them in school is going to be difficult, especially if they ask for proof of immunizations on the application form. Any suggestions you have would be most appreciated! Thank you so much for your post!! :)
One more thing...is it as easy to get a religious exemption for a preschool? Looking forward to hearing more from you and how the exemption route goes. Good luck!
~Mom of twins
There's plenty of info out there, I'm sure. If you google catholics and vax refusal, or similar you will get links, facebook pages, etc.
I brought up this:
National Catholic Bioethics Center
FAQ on the Use of Vaccines
"There are no NON-FETAL vaccine alternatives for chickenpox, measles/mumps/rubella, rubella (alone), shingles, ebola, HIV, and sepsis."
Just think of a simple response to keep in the back of your mind if you feel like you'd rather have a response ready.
Dh, Joshua Rebeccaand . for Laura