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Immunization Requirements

New bills signed in 2015

Senate Bill 277

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015. Effective in July 2016, SB 277 will:

  • No longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in child care and public and private schools;
  • Permit personal belief exemptions submitted before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or 7th grade;
  • Remove immunization requirements for:
    • Students in home-based private schools
    • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction
    • Access to special education and related services specified in an individualized education program
    • Students in the above categories will still need to provide immunization records to their schools before entry, and schools will still need to report to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) the immunization status of all students at the existing checkpoints of child care, kindergarten and 7th grade
  • Allow medical and personal beliefs exemptions from any new immunization requirement initiated by CDPH for attendance at school or child care.

Additional information about the implementation of SB 277 will become available by 2016.

Note:

Although SB 277 has an effective date of January 1, 2016, the prohibition on admission does not kick in until July 1, 2016, pursuant to section 120335(g)(3) of the Health and Safety Code. Except as provided in this subdivision, on and after July 1, 2016, the governing authority shall not unconditionally admit to any of those institutions specified in this subdivision for the first time, or admit or advance any pupil to 7th grade level, unless the pupil has been immunized for his or her age as required by this section.  Also, SB 277 still allows for MEDICAL exemptions with proper documentation.

Healthcare Options

AB 2706, signed by Gov. Brown last fall, requires school districts and charter schools to add an informational item to their enrollment forms aimed at educating parents and legal guardians about available health care options and where they can get help signing up.  The following flyers have been made available to schools: