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Not sure why I am having trouble finding this info...

Hoping someone here knows the answer.

Do you need to get a religious exemption letter for school registration notarized? 

Does anyone have a link to an example of a letter for Massachusetts?   Having trouble wording it.

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Yes, most school districts in ma won't accept the waiver without it.
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There is one on vacclib I believe? Google it I used it and it worked it has all th bells and whistles
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I've never seen anything about having the letter notarized.   -Jessica

This is a sample that has been posted before:


To Whom It May Concern:

Statement of Exemption:
I hereby claim exemption for my child, XXXX , from the Massachusetts immunization requirements. I am exempting my child from vaccination because it conflicts with my sincerely held religious belief.

Sincerely,
 

 


220.500: Immunization Requirements for Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School Students
(C) The requirements in 105 CMR 220.500 (A) and (B) shall not apply:
(1) upon presentation of written documentation that the student meets the standards for medical or religious exemption set forth in M.G.L. c. 76, ss 15;


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Glad to see it is nice and short - easier than I thought.

 

This might be a dumb question - but do I include that little section at the bottom regarding the MA law?   I found an example (I think on the vacclib website) and some people included it. 

 

Strange that I can't find anything on line that says it needs to be notarized, but yet every now and then, I see it mentioned.

 

Thank you everyone for all the info everyone!  Much appreciated! 

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Yes include the law, notarizing it just makes them take it more seriously. Some places won't accept it without one others don't care.
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I've never had mine notarized and it has been fine.


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Our public school gave me a form. No big deal at all.

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I've used the religious exemption twice in Ma for 2 different Preschools, with out notarization and never had a problem. Though it was only preschool. HTH!
 


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I had our letter (about three pages of legalese) notarized and had our pediatrician write a note on medical letterhead stating that the exemption had been reviewed and that we were in agreement, the pediatrician was confident in what had been discussed/agreed, and that further dialogue would take place if warranted.

 

I always keep that note/a copy of the note with our exemption letter. It's saved me from many a headache.

 

Something I would suggest, as I found out the hard way, is to be aware of specific laws. There was a chicken pox outbreak at my child's morning program, and I received a personal phone call where they tried to tell me that I needed to keep him home for two weeks. I said, "Well, I'd rather that my child contract it naturally!", they called the DPH, and they finally said that they couldn't prevent him from attending the program unless someone in his group contracted CP. 

 

I had personal experience with the CP vaccine as a child that did not end well, and I decided early on that my child would not be receiving that vaccine. Why, yes, I will die on that hill.


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