Notification of Elimination of Religious Exemption to Immunizations

June 21, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians​​​​​​​

Due to public health concerns, Governor Cuomo enacted legislation on June 13, 2019 which eliminated the religious exemption from immunizations for school children in public, private and parochial schools (for students in pre-k through 12th grade), as well as in child day care programs. This legislation is effective immediately.

Therefore, for the 2019-2020 school year, students who were previously granted religious exemptions now must receive certain immunizations as required by New York State, unless the student’s parent can obtain a certification from a treating physician that the required immunization(s) would be detrimental to the child’s health.

If your child plans to attend a summer school program and does not have the required immunizations, he or she must begin all of the required immunizations before he or she will be admitted. The New York State Department of Health (DOH), the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and the New York State Education Department (SED) issued a memo stating that children must receive their first age-appropriate dose of the required immunizations by June 28, 2019, and by July 14, 2019, you must show that appointments for your child Anchorhave been scheduled for all required follow-up doses of the immunizations.

If your child is not enrolled in summer school, he or she must receive the required immunizations no later than fourteen (14) days after the first day of school. Within thirty (30) days of the first day of school, you must show that you have made appointments for your child to receive all required follow-up doses of the immunizations.

Parents are required to provide documentation that these requirements have been met. Please provide this documentation to the main office of your child’s school building.

If your child does not receive the required immunizations within the time frames set forth above or if you do not provide the District with a valid medical exemption from a doctor, your child will not be allowed to attend school.

Please contact your family physician or the Columbia County Department of Health (518-828-3358) in regards to having your child receive the immunization(s) he or she will need to attend school.


Sal DeAngelo
Superintendent of Schools



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