To enter or transfer into public and private elementary and secondary schools (grades kindergarten through 12), children under the age of 18 years must have immunizations. The website, Shots For School, provides news, resources, and information for schools, parents, and healthcare providers. The site also features the latest information and resources regarding AB 354, the whooping cough vaccine. This law requires that prior to the start of school, 7th graders and newly enrolled 8th-12th graders must show proof of a Tdap booster received after the age of 7. Current 6th graders should provide this information as early as possible prior to the start of the next school year.
SB277 eliminates the personal belief exemption and goes into effect January 1, 2016. This law states:
- Parents or guardians of students in any school or child care facility, whether public or private, will no longer be allowed to submit a personal beliefs exemption to a currently required vaccine.
- Students will no longer be required to have immunizations for entry if they attend:
- A home-based private school or
- An independent study program with no classroom-based instruction.
However, parents or guardians must continue to provide immunization records for these students to their schools, and schools must continue to maintain and report records of immunizations that have been received for these students.
- The immunization requirements do not prohibit pupils from accessing special education and related services required by their individualized education programs.
For more information, go to the Shots For School link above.
Guide to Immunizations Required for School Entry TK/K-12