1. Public Health Law Section 2164 requires that each child submit proof of immunization against poliomyelitis, mumps, measles, diphtheria, rubella, varicella, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), pertussis, pneumococcal disease, tetanus, and hepatitis B as a condition of admission.
2. A child who has not completed all the necessary vaccinations may be admitted to school if there is proof that the child is “in process” to complete the vaccinations. “In process” means that a child has received at least the first dose in each immunization series and has age appropriate appointments to complete the series, the child is obtaining serologic tests for proof of immunity within 30 days of notification to the parent that such testing is requested, or a child’s serologic tests were negative and the child has appointments to be immunized based on the catch-up schedule.
3. Students may be admitted to school or continue attendance without proof of immunization if:
a. The parent or guardian submits a medical exemption form issued by the State Department of Health or a signed statement from a physician licensed to practice medicine in New York certifying that immunization will be detrimental to the student’s health. The statement must indicate why immunization would be detrimental, as well as a time at which such immunization would no longer be detrimental. Medical exemptions must be reissued annually.
b. The parent or guardian submits a written and signed statement declaring and explaining the bases for their objection to immunizations based on sincere and genuine religious beliefs which prohibit the immunization of their child. Following a review of such statement, if questions remain about the existence of a sincerely held religious belief, additional supporting documentation may be requested, in the sole discretion of the school. An interview with the parent or guardian may also be requested, in the sole discretion of the school, to provide the parent or guardian with the opportunity to further explain the bases of their sincerely held religious belief and for the school to understand the statement more fully. Please be advised that all requests for religious exemption are determined on a case by case basis.