In January a new change in the law AB will affect all K public and private school students in California, including all homeschooled students. The new law for required vaccinations for school attendance will go into effect January 1, This new law will require parents desiring a personal beliefs exemption from any or all required vaccinations for their child to have a consultation appointment with a specified health care provider before the exemption can be completed. The purpose of this article is to explain how parents can help their school age children comply with the new law. At a minimum, fill out the name and address information at the top of the front side of the PM B form and the personal beliefs affidavit section on the back.
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In January a new change in the law AB will affect all K public and private school students in California, including all homeschooled students. The new law for required vaccinations for school attendance will go into effect January 1, This new law will require parents desiring a personal beliefs exemption from any or all required vaccinations for their child to have a consultation appointment with a specified health care provider before the exemption can be completed.
The purpose of this article is to explain how parents can help their school age children comply with the new law. At a minimum, fill out the name and address information at the top of the front side of the PM B form and the personal beliefs affidavit section on the back. For details read this article. Although the requirements of AB go into effect on January 1, , most parents or guardians of school age children will not be required to do anything until just prior to the school year, usually beginning in late August or September.
Only the following families in Category 3 below who have a desire to have their child exempted from one or more vaccinations will be required to file the additional new CDPH form some time between this January and June of this school year. They will not be required to file the new exemption form CDPH They will, however, continue to be required to keep the shot record portion on the front side of PM B up-to-date. Category 2 — Persons who will not be required to file the new CDPH form for those desiring a vaccine exemption for their child.
Category 3 — Persons who must file the new CDPH form between January and June for those desiring a vaccine exemption for their child. Category 4 — Persons who must file the new CDPH form before or during the school year for those desiring a vaccine exemption for their child. Many more children will fall under category 4 than category 3 because students typically enter school or change grade levels at the beginning of the school year August — September.
AB was passed and signed into law in AB created a new additional requirement for parents who choose to exercise the right to a personal beliefs waiver to exempt their child from one or more of the vaccinations required for school enrollment. This will apply to all children regardless of what type of school they are in, including a private homeschool.
The parental signature on the personal beliefs exemption form on the back side of PM B will continue to be required but, by itself, will no longer be enough. AB directed the California Department of Public Health CDPH to create a new required additional form that would include all the requirements created by this new legislation. The filing of this new form CDPH , together with the PM B form, will be the standard vaccination exemption process for all students from January 1, on.
If the parent or guardian signs this statement, no signature from a health care practitioner is required on the form. All K students in a public or private school, including homeschools, must have a PM B form in their cumulative file. This form requires an appointment to be made with an authorized health care practitioner who will provide information about required vaccinations.
Once completed, this form will be turned in to the school administrator by the parent. In the case of private schools based in the home consisting of one family, the parent as the school administrator will file this CDPH form in the cumulative file created for the child.
Some people are being told by doctors, nurses, and school officials that there is no longer any option for a personal beliefs exemption or that certain vaccinations cannot be declined.
Every public and private school in California, including those private schools based in the home i. Fill out the name and address information at the top of the front side of the PM B form and the personal beliefs affidavit section on the back.
Parents or guardians who desire their children to be exempted from any or all vaccinations required for school entry and attendance will also need to:. In order to complete the CDPH form, parents must make an appointment with an authorized health care practitioner in order to receive information about vaccinations and to attain a signature on the CDPH form which you should print out and bring with you from the authorized health care practitioner.
The new law requires this CDPH form to be filed two times for every student in California whose parents desire a personal beliefs exemption for any or all required vaccinations: once upon initial enrollment in a school in California K Grades , and again upon entry into 7th grade. Parents should seriously consider avoiding filling out any form online in which the name and information about their child is required.
In a campus school or a PSP, any form is considered filed when it is properly completed and delivered to the school administrator or their designee. The CDPH must be completed, signed, and dated by an authorized health care practitioner see below prior to being filed.
Parents should begin now to find a compassionate and authorized health care practitioner see list above. There are several reasons for this. First, there is a likelihood that many will face difficulties getting the CDPH form signed by an authorized health care practitioner.
Second, there is no requirement for any health care practitioner to give your family an appointment, either because of their opposition to vaccination exemptions or their overfilled schedule.
We suggest that a parent-friendly health care provider is one who treats children, is parent-friendly, and will be supportive of your choice if you should decide to exempt your children with a Personal Beliefs Waiver from one or more of the required vaccines for school entrance.
Unless your children are all already in the 7th grade or above, you will eventually have to have this form signed. There are other very important reasons to find a parent and family-friendly doctor for your children and your family — one who will get to know you as a family and respects your role and responsibilities as the parent of your own children. Some of the policies recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics an association of many pediatricians , which are consistent with their promotion of AB , are considered by many to be unfriendly to the rights and privacy of parents and their children.
However, there are some good pediatricians out there who are supportive of the parental right to choose to use the Personal Beliefs Waiver. Many parents choose to have a general practice family doctor treat the whole family, including their young children. Take the initiative to ask around to see if others have found a parent-friendly health care provider who will sign a personal beliefs waiver or do an online search or search the Yellow Pages under the different categories of health care practitioners listed above.
Some support groups will want to keep a list of possible parent-friendly physicians in their area. This entire article is written for parents who desire to exempt their children from one or more of the required school vaccinations. Each of the questions below assumes that question came from a private homeschooling parent who desires a vaccination exemption for their child.
The answers to these questions presume that you have read all of the previous parts of this article. Some of the following material may be difficult to understand if you have not read the entire article up to this point.
These are questions that we anticipate may be common regarding Personal Beliefs Exemptions. The Shots for Schools website is owned and operated by the California Department of Public Health, the department responsible for implementing AB No, the Personal Belief Exemption CDPH form must be filed for each student once at the time of first enrollment into a California school any grade K and once upon entrance to 7th grade.
This is a total of two times during a full K academic career in California. However, I now want to make sure I am fully in line with the legal requirements of a private school. This year , I have my three children counted on my affidavit as a 9th grader, a 6th grader, and a 3rd grader. What forms do I need to file? We just moved to California and would like to homeschool.
I have an unofficial kindergartener that is below compulsory education attendance age and is not counted on the affidavit I file for my private school. You do not have to file any exemption forms for your kindergartener until he is of compulsory school age or is formally enrolled in your own private school or in a PSP. We normally have encouraged private homeschoolers to not formally enroll their child i.
My child is already enrolled in a private Kindergarten not a part of my private homeschool but I am going to privately homeschool my child next year beginning in the fall for first grade. What should I do? In order to be enrolled in the private Kindergarten, your child should already either have received all the required vaccines or already have a completed PM B exemption form on file. You will not have to file any new exemption forms until you are required to file another CDPH form when your child is entering 7th grade.
My child is 5 years old and not currently enrolled in school. I am planning to enroll her in 1st grade for the school year. I am concerned about finding a doctor who will sign the form. Can I enroll her in school this year instead and use the PM B form? It is your choice to enroll her either at the kindergarten level or at the first grade level. You are free to choose the curriculum and content that you deem right for your child.
The school has a PSP program for homeschooling however and next year I want to homeschool him through it. Will I need to file a new form? The private PSP school program should keep his current PM B exemption form on file and you will not need to file the new CDPH form until your child is admitted into the 7th grade. My child is in 3rd grade at a public school and I already signed the old PM B exemption form for him there. Since next school year we are going to homeschool, which forms do I need to have on file between next Fall and when my child enters the 7th grade?
Please read the following article with important information about withdrawing your child from public school on our website. My child will be in first grade next year and I want my child to receive some vaccinations but not all of them. Do I need an exemption form? If you decline any or all of the mandated vaccinations you will need to have the required exemption forms on file.
Can I use only the PM B form to exempt my younger child who is 5 years old and will be starting 1st grade next year? However, when each student begins 7th grade they will need to file the CDPH form.
However, I want to homeschool her myself next year. Will I need to file a form? Your child is past the 7th grade so you will never need to file the new CDPH form. My child is in 7th grade and I have the appropriate exemption forms on file.
Next year do I need to file the new form for him? It is wise to keep these forms a few years after high school graduation. I would like to bump him to 7th grade by December 31st.
If I move him up to 7th grade by December 31st will I still need to file the new CDPH form the following year when he begins 8th grade? However, I think I want her to repeat the 7th grade. If she is repeating the 7th grade, do I need to file the new form? The new CDPH exemption form is only required once upon first initial admission into the 7th grade.
A new CDPH form is not required since your child is already in the 7th grade despite repeating the 7th grade. The Religious Exemption does not apply to people just because they could be characterized as religious or practicing their religion.
It only applies to those people who are members of a religious institution, denomination, or organized group whose official statement of belief or creed include a prohibition against ever seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment of any kind, no matter how serious the health emergency.
Would you take your child to a doctor or the emergency hospital if they were ill or injured? If the answer is yes, the Religious Exemption is not an option for you.
Who Must File the New CDPH Form: Although the requirements of AB go into effect on January 1, , most parents or guardians of school age children will not be required to do anything until just prior to the school year, usually beginning in late August or September.
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