OH School demands records, Please help!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-21-2003
OH School demands records, Please help!
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Tue, 06-02-2009 - 6:39pm

We enrolled our 5 year old daughter in Kindergarden for the Fall. We live in Ohio, and the law states that we can submit a letter exempting her from immunizations for any of the common three reasons. I gave the filled out form to them, exempting her on philosophical and religious reasons - when we registered her.

It's been months, and I finally get this letter in the mail stating that Ohio Law mandates these immunizations, and they sent home a form with local clinics and told us to make her an appointment.

We follow homeopathy and have a homeopathic D.O. as our family doctor. I am livid that they are trying to bully us into getting her shots.

This is the PDF from Ohio's website. It looks like they can't deny her... but have included a loop hole that the school can discreetly deny her due to her posing a "threat" to other children.

http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/membersonly/128immunization.pdf

I'm planning on getting another form from the doctors, signing that and going down to the school and handing it to them in person.

What do I do if they deny her? I cannot bring myself to get her immunized, and home schooling is not an option. Please help!



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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2005
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 8:26pm

" I am livid that they are trying to bully us into getting her shots."

I'm right there with ya! It makes me mad just to read it, I can not imagine being in your shoes. It's a shame that you have to deal with this.

What I would do:

I would print-out the law and with paper in hand, go to the school and ask for the principal. I would start out by telling him/her that I know more about vaccines than most pediatric doctors do. I would then say that it's my opinion that a vaccine which may or may not do it's job is not worth the risk. And since I've read personal stories of hundreds of parents who all say their child changed after a vaccine or vaccines - it's not a risk I'm about to take.

"but have included a loop hole that the school can discreetly deny her due to her posing a "threat" to other children.

I would highlight that part (loophole), and I would say exactly this: "If you can't prove that vaccines work 100% of the time then you cannot prove that my child is any sort of a threat to anyone. If you want to take it to court, I'm more than willing. The law is on MY side, and since you're obviously unaware of the facts, I've made you a copy. Now - do I need to call a lawyer?"

If that didn't work, I would get an attorney and do exactly what I threatened I would do. You may want to also contact your local board of education, but if you get a lawyer they will do that for you. I would think that this would be an easy case and any decent lawyer would take it on, maybe even pro-bono. The law is on YOUR side.

Let us know how it turns out, I'm so sorry you have to go through this!

Laws are broken everyday and even well meaning people are being harassed because of the sheeple attitude. I'm so sick of it!

Good Luck with it!

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 7:15am
I'll try and get back today - let me read what they wrote.
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Rands

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 7:27am
Do I have your permission to copy your message and possibly include your contact info to an attorney familiar with vacc laws? This appears very gray and well worth challenging via lawsuit if your child is denied.
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Rands

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-21-2003
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 9:33am

UPDATE: DH called and spoke with the principal this morning. All is well, and it appears there was a misunderstanding. Sounds like she may not have received the official form exempting her. But, she said she will look into her file, it's not a problem and she is definitely welcomed at the school.

*PHEW*

Thank you SO much for all your help!! You ladies are the best. ; )



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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 9:44am

Glad to hear it!


Rands

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2005
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 10:31pm

I'm not saying I don't believe the school's story, but I bet you that many parents are bullied into vaccinating when they get that letter. They just hoped you were one of the parents who would be frightened by this and just give in. But then when they realize a parent won't back down, they pretend it was just an administrative error. I don't buy it and I'm betting it happens in schools across the country every day.

But at least you settled it and the results benefit you and your child, that's all that matters. :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-21-2003
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 10:49pm

It's entirely possible. DH talked to her and said she was the nicest lady, and I really trust his opinion. When he was getting off the phone with her she said she was going to go look into it and call him back. WIthin 20 minutes she called him back and said she had gone down to the nurses office and found the form in her file. I guess forms trickle in, and they aren't all in one place yet... because they haven't even handed out the morning/afternoon school schedules yet.

Either way... if they were trying to bully us, they're not very good at it! LOL It all worked out, and it was a huge relief, because I was ready for a fight!

Thanks ladies!



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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-09-2008
Thu, 06-04-2009 - 10:25am
It's just a matter of getting the records straight. If a parent doesn't vacc so the school doesn't have a vacc record for the child, then, an exemption form needs to be on file. More likely than not, it was just not in the right place and the lady assumed you were going to vax and they didn't have any such records of it. Then there are some that just plain don't know that vaxx's are not required. Sounds like in this case though the form was not placed in the right folder.
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Rands

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-14-2005
Thu, 06-04-2009 - 2:24pm

I was about to send you this link:

http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements/ohio.aspx

Which had what the "law" is.

Everything sorted now?






iVillage Member
Registered: 12-14-2005
Thu, 06-04-2009 - 2:34pm

"but have included a loop hole that the school can discreetly deny her due to her posing a "threat" to other children.

http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/membersonly/128immunization.pdf"

We have this in Ontario also but only when there is an outbreak of a VPD in the school.

This is the form we have to sign: http://vran.org/docs/form-2.pdf - you can see how it's worded there.






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