Important Notice: Vaccination Law Update and Elimination of Personal Beliefs Exemption
As you may be aware, there will be a change in student immunization requirements in 2016. Under a new law known as Senate Bill 277 (SB 277), beginning January 1, 2016 immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs will no longer be available for the vaccines that are currently required for school admission. Personal belief exemptions (PBE) on file with the school district before January 1, 2016 for a student already enrolled in school will remain in effect until the student reaches the next immunization check point at Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten or 7th grade.Any PBE must be received by the school district before January 1, 2016 in order to be valid.
The new law requires that all students follow the State immunization requirements for school enrollment unless there is a documented medical reason provided by a licensed physician. The main components of SB 277 and the new immunization requirements are outlined below:
Personal beliefs exemptions from immunizations will be accepted prior to January 1, 2016 and not after that date. Contact your health care provider to complete the required PBE form. PBE forms may be turned into the school office on or before December 18, 2015 (last day of school before Winter Break), mailed to IUSD Health Services, 5050 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604, provided they are postmarked by December 31, 2015, or scanned and emailed to email@example.com December 31, 2015. PBE forms are available on the California Department of Public Health website at http://eziz.org/assets/docs/CDPH-8262.pdf
Students entering into Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 7th Grade on and after July 1, 2016, will be required to submit documentation verifying compliance with the State immunization requirements, unless a valid medical exemption is on file with the school district. Immunization documentation must be provided at time of registration.
A parent/guardian may submit to the school a written statement by a licensed physician (MD or DO) or the Medical Exemption to Required Immunizationsfrom the American Academy of Pediatrics & California Academy of Family Physiciansexempting a student from immunization (medical exemption). In order to obtain a valid medical exemption, SB 277 requires a written statement by a licensed physician which states: (1) the physical condition or medical circumstances relating to the student are such that immunization is not considered safe; (2) the specific nature of the medical condition; (3) the probable duration of the medical condition; (4) circumstances, including, but not limited to, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization, and (5) that the student shall be exempt from the vaccines indicated by the physician’s statement.
SB 277 does not prohibit a student who qualifies for an individualized education program (IEP), pursuant to federal law and Section 56026 of the Education Code, from accessing any special education and related services required by his or her IEP.
Students with an IEP at Time of Enrollment:
The District will not deny enrollment or any IEP services to qualified students, regardless of immunization status.
Students with an IEP whose parent/guardian refuses to recognize SB 277 should not be prevented from enrolling. A School Nurse should speak with the parent regarding the health benefits of being immunized.
At the next scheduled IEP meeting, the School Nurse or IEP Team Member should discuss immunizations with the parent/guardian. The parent's or guardian's decision to not follow immunization requirements should be documented in the IEP.
If a student has not been vaccinated and the school believes he or she has been exposed to a disease covered by vaccination laws, a school may temporarily exclude the student from school until the local health officer is satisfied that the child is no longer at risk of developing or transmitting the disease. (Health and Safety Code section 120370).
Information about school immunization requirements and SB 277 Frequently Asked Questions are available on the State’s Shots for School website at www.shotsforschool.org
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Students must show they're in compliance with California immunization laws and Irvine Unified School District Policy 5141.31 to attend school. A copy of the student's current immunization record must be on file, at school.
All Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students must have an examination no more than twelve months prior to entering Transitional Kindergarten. The TK physical exam will also qualify for Kindergarten entry. TK students will need to submit a new and current physical exam prior to first grade entry.
All Kindergarten students must have an examination no more than six months prior to entering Kindergarten. If exam is completed between 6-12 months prior to Kindergarten entrance, another physical exam will be required prior to entering first grade.
All first grade students must have an examination no more than 18 months prior to entry into first grade.