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Hi I am wondering if anyone in ks has filed a religious exemption for their kids. My kids will go to catholic schools here in ks. Was it difficult and were you challenged? any advice would be most welcomed and helpful, Thankyou, L
 

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I'm in KS and just registered my oldest for kindergarten in our chruch's private school. I didn't have any problem at all, I was just told that if there was an outbreak that my kids would be required to leave the school until it was over. Feel free to PM me with any questions. Where in KS are you?
 

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Hi there I am in Topeka. Did you just sign the Kansas dept of Health exemption form, or did you make up your own religious exemption form. Thankyou, L
 

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I asked this a while back and couldn't find many people who had actually filed with a school. The KS law worries me because it states you are a member of a religious denomination that is opposed to immunization. I read something somewhere (but I lost all my bookmarks so can't say exactly what it was) that they can ask for letters from clergy. I know that my church does not take a formal stance, though they allow for decisions of moral conscience, and so I figured I'd be screwed if that happened. Someone pointed out that I could take them to court, but I don't wanna have to go there, lol!<br><br>
The KCI form looks very simple, but I keep figuring there must be a catch based on the wording of the law. Look forward to any other first-hand reports!!
 

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As you already know, Kansas has a pre-printed affidavit on the back of the immunization record: <a href="http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/imm_manual_pdf/kci_form.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/imm_m...f/kci_form.pdf</a><br><br>
See the bottom of page 2 (you may need to increase the viewing percentage in order to see the doc clearly). A copy of the affidavit located on the reverse side of the form doesn't seem to be available on the dept. of health website.<br><br>
States (including Kansas) with exemption statutes containing unconstitutional language that has not been amended typically provide preprinted forms/affidavits in order to avoid legal problems -- they are fully aware the language is unconstitutional. You will not have a problem.
 

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I live in Ks and did the religious exemption when putting the children in school for a couple months after my hemmorrage. I had no problems and no one needed a sig from a clergy.<br><br>
I'm about to use the religious exemption again to get a foster care license, and the law in ks states that they can not refuse you a daycare or fostercare license based on not vaxing alone.
 

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So, iow, you are saying that there is a form available on line that I could fill out and be done with it? Do I have to state what church?
 

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The affidavit is not available online - it's on the back of the immunization record. A pdf of the immunization record is online though.<br><br>
Disclosure of church affiliation (or lack thereof) is not required.
 

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Long Island, I so appreciate you and your presence here. One other question. What about the language is unconstitutional?
 

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You do not have to provide proof that your denomination is opposed to vaccination. I have posted an article in the past that sites a federal case stating that personal, unique belief is enough to qualify if the state offers religious exemption. I usually include a copy of that article with my exemption forms and have never had a problem.<br><br>
ETA... it is so nice to see so many KS mamas here!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thank you.<br><br>
The Kansas statute states:<br><i>a written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such tests or inoculations.</i><br><br>
The state is essentially saying with this language -- if you don't adhere to a <i>specific religious denomination</i> opposing immunization, then you don't hold a religious belief opposing immunization.<br><br>
The Constitution doesn't require you to be a member of a church or adhere to specific tenets in order to hold a religious belief.
 

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I'm glad of that!
 

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I'm a KS mama too! It is nice to know that we can sign the religious exemption form for ds. I think we have a good case for a medical exemp, but our doctor doesn't seem to think allergies to specific vaccine ingredients qualifies him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
perronla - I grew up in Topeka.<br>
It's great to see other KS mamas here!
 

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Thanks for all the replies, I will be enrolling my son in preschool, Catholic preschool and will simply sign th KDHE waiver. Hopefully everything will go well. Blessings, L
 
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