TRANSITIONAL Kindergarten through 12TH grade Immunization Requirements
All students must show they are 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.
Important Notice: Vaccination Law Update and Elimination of Personal Beliefs Exemption
Under a new law known as Senate Bill 277 (SB 277), that began 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.
The 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 (MD or DO). The main components of SB 277 and the new immunization requirements are outlined below:
- Students entering into Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, or 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. All immunization documents must be in English.
- A parent/guardian may submit to the school a written statement by a licensed physician (MD or DO) or the Medical Exemption to Required Immunizations from the American Academy of Pediatrics & California Academy of Family Physicians exempting a student from immunization (medical exemption). In order to obtain a valid medical exemption, SB 277 requires a written statement by a licensed physician (MD or DO) 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 and IEP should be immunized unless they have an exemption for medical reasons. Contact your School Nurse for information or questions regarding medical exemptions. (Medical Exemption to Required Immunizations Waiver Form)
- Students with an IEP whose parent/guardian refuses to recognize SB 277 will not be prevented from enrolling. A School Nurse will 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