• 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 took 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. Students will have to meet all of the age appropriate State immunization requirements for admission to school as of July 1, 2016.

     

    The District is required by law to implement SB 277 which:

     

    • No longer permits immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children enrolling in public and private schools
    • Permits valid medical exemptions provided by a licensed physician

    • Does not apply to:

      • Students in home-based private schools

      • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction

    • 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

    • Allows for the immediate enrollment of foster and homeless youth pending the receipt of immunization records
    • Requires the District to obtain documentation of every student’s immunization status and maintain a record of the immunizations of each student
    • Requires the District to exclude a student from school until the immunization is obtained or an exemption is granted based on a valid medical exemption or PBE on file before January 1, 2016

     

    Please see the links below for additional information on SB277 and how it may impact your child.  If you have questions about this new law please contact District Nurse Erin Lawrence, MS, PHN, RN,

    Phone: (562) 799-4700 ext. 80636  email: elawrence@losal.org

    Additional Resources for Parents and Families

     

    Source: Shots For School http://www.shotsforschool.org/

    California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch

Last Modified on January 28, 2019