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Health and Attendance

Learn more about the non-medical exemption from school vaccination requirements

On June 13,  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis.

As a result of non-medical vaccination exemptions, many communities across New York have unacceptably low rates of vaccination, and those unvaccinated children can often attend school where they may spread the disease to other unvaccinated students, some of whom cannot receive vaccines due to medical conditions. This new law will help protect the public amid this ongoing outbreak.

What did the new law do?

As of June 13, 2019, there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend either:

  • public, private or parochial school, or;
  • child day care settings.

For those children who had a religious exemption to vaccination, what are the deadlines for being vaccinated?

Children who are attending child day care or public, private or parochial school, and who had a religious exemption to required immunizations, must now receive the first age appropriate dose in each immunization series by June 28, 2019 to attend or remain in school or child day care. Also, by July 14, 2019, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses. The deadlines for follow-up doses depend on the vaccine.

The New York State Department of Health follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices catch-up immunization schedule and expects children to receive required doses consistent with table 2 in order to continue to attend school or child day care.

What is the deadline for first dose vaccinations if my child is not attending school until September?

Parents and guardians of all children who do not have their required immunizations are encouraged to have them receive the first dose as soon as possible. The deadline for obtaining first dose vaccinations for
children attending school in the fall is 14 days from the first day of school.

Within 30 days of the first day of school, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses.

Immunization Requirements

Students entering grade 7 and grade 12 must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease and have an up-to-date immunization record. View the 2019-20 immunization requirements set by the New York State Department of Health. If you are unable to access the immunization chart, please e-mail or call the District Health Coordinator, Maggie Adams at madams@wvcsd.org or (845) 987-3050, ext. 12710.

Medications 

Medication administration in school requires a written order from a licensed prescriber along with written parental permission. All medications (prescription and over-the-counter) must adhere to these guidelines. Medication must be brought in by a parent in the original container.

School Attendance

Daily attendance is one of the most important factors in whether or not a student will succeed in school. Research shows that students who attend school regularly learn more, have fewer discipline problems, acquire better study habits and are generally more successful than students who do not. Yet we recognize there are circumstances in which children will be absent from in school.

If your child is absent from school, it is important for the parent/legal guardian to call your child’s school on the day of the absence.

  • Central Registration: 845-987-3000, Ext. 10901
  • High School Attendance: 845-987-3050, Ext. 12507
  • Middle School Attendance: 845-987-3100, Ext. 16507
  • Park Avenue Attendance: 845-987-3170, Ext. 14507
  • Sanfordville Attendance: 845-987-3300, Ext. 13507

Please also send in a WRITTEN NOTE when your child returns to school and hand in to the health/attendance office. If your child is absent for more than a few days, the school nurse may request a written note from your child’s doctor. Legal reasons for an absence from school include sickness, health treatments, death in the family, religious observance or a court appearance. Upon returning to school, or when asking for early dismissal, all students (K-12) must have a note of explanation signed and dated by a parent or guardian.