Personal Beliefs and Religious Exemptions
Important Notice: Vaccination Law Update and Elimination of Personal Beliefs Exemption
On June 30, 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 277 (SB 277)
changing school immunization requirements. The new vaccine law takes effect on January 1, 2016
and requires that all children in California be fully vaccinated to attend public or private school unless they have a valid medical exemption or a valid personal beliefs exemption on file with the District before January 1, 2016.
The District is required to implement SB 277 which will:
- No longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs or religious beliefs for children enrolling in public and private schools after Jan. 1, 2016.
- Permit personal beliefs exemption (PBE) forms on file with the District by December 31, 2015 to remain valid until a student enrolls in transitional kindergarten/kindergarten or 7th grade.
- Permit valid medical exemptions provided by a licensed Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) only. Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Naturopathic Doctor, or School Nurse may not provide a medical exemption.
- Not apply to:
- Students in home-based private schools
- Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction
Changes in the 2016-17 School Year:
- If a student is entering either kindergarten or 7th grade in the 2016-17 school year, the Personal Belief/Religion Exemption no longer applies and the student’s parent or guardian must submit proof of vaccination in order for the student to be enrolled.
- If a student is entering any grade from 1st to 6th in the 2016-17 school year, the exemption will continue to apply until the student enters 7th grade.
- If a student is entering the 8th grade or higher in the 2016-17 school year, the exemption will continue to apply until the student graduates high school.