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I'm not sure if this belongs in the Learning at School and beyond forum, or Vaccinations, or here! I am told that here in Pittsburgh, to opt out of vaccines for going to public school, we need a notarized statement stating why and signed and dated. The guy on the phone at the school district office said the ONLY reason they will accept is religious. But websites for some of the schools mention "religious, ethical, or reasons of conscience." So I'm wondering what to write on this statement? We do not belong to any religion and our reasons are not really religious. I want to phrase it right so we are not denied.<br>
Anyone BTDT?<br>
Thanks!<br><br>
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We live outside the city but we claim "religious" exemption. Beside medical, religious is the only reason allowed by PA law.<br><br>
The law is this:<br>
§ 23.84. Exemption from immunization. [28 PA. CODE CH.23]<br>
(b) Religious exemption. Children need not be immunized if the parent, guardian or emancipated child objects in writing to the immunization on religious grounds or on the basis of a <b><i>strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief.</i></b><br><br>
The form I have on file with my doctors (per dr request) is this one:<br><a href="http://www.vaclib.org/letters/Pennsylvania10986.doc" target="_blank">Here</a><br>
When I registered my DD for public school I took that letter with me and they said that all they needed was for me to sign a simple form they had. Easy enough. It does not need to be notarized. They also do not need to know anything further than what the law reads, you do not need to state a religion or anything like that.<br><br>
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Thanks Amber! Say, did I meet you at a get-together at the Forbes and Braddock playground?<br><br>
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Our school district accepted my refusal to do the chickenpox vaccine when I registered DD for Kindergarten, and I stated right there on their form why DH and I object to that vaccine even though we'd gotten her the rest of the standard shots.
 

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You're welcome, but sorry, not me.
 

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I was just curious if you have to send the paper into the state, or if you just have to give the school/daycare a copy for their files. I want to put ds in preschool next year for some interaction and a break for me (I'll have kiddos 18 months apart) and was unsure of the whole process. BTW, we really don't have technical religous objections either but I go with or strong moral objection part.
 

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Glad I found this thread. I've been wondering what we will do when it is time to enroll ds in school this time next year. This gives me someplace to start. Thanks JenP!
 

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They have been really mellow about it with us- both public and private schools. When dd started school it seemed like they really only wanted to see writing on the paper. Not sure if they even looked at what it said (ethical objection to varicella vac and a bunch of ballpark dates from Oregon.)<br><br>
Nobody ever mentioned notarized statements.
 

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You do not need to send it to the state. You just give it to the school/daycare. It does not need to be notarized either.
 
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