Not vaccinating & starting school

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2003
Not vaccinating & starting school
Sat, 05-31-2003 - 12:39pm
Okay, I have a question...

For all those of you that do not vaccinate your kids.. what do you do when they reach school age and need to have their shots in order to attend? Some of you may homeschool, but what about everyone that goes to public school? How did the school systems react.


iVillage Member
Registered: 05-04-2003
Sat, 05-31-2003 - 2:07pm
All you need is a notorized religious or philospical exemption form, depending on the law in your state.

Here's some info - I'm sure others can refer you to additional links on the topic.

The reaction was blase. There's no reason for them to care - they are required by the state to have the paperwork on file but unless you encounter a person who happens to be a zealot on the subject, it's no big deal. The caveat is that they can require you to take your child out of school during an outbreak but who wouldn't want to anyway?!

You shouldn't delay on this; you should complete the form right away and keep it on file. I've read failure to vaccinate can be construed by child protective services as neglect unless you have this form.

Good luck.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 06-03-2003 - 4:06pm
I don't think notorization is needed. I just signed a form on the first day of kindergarten orientation and that was that. There were no other vaccination exemption forms needed. (I live in a state with philosophical exemption status)

In truth, it's easier to NOT Vaccination and get into public schools than it is to go through all those appointments and paperwork in compliance.