Elimination of religious exemption to immunizations

Please be advised that due to serious public health concerns, Governor Cuomo enacted legislation on June 13, 2019, which eliminated the religious exemption from immunization for students in public, private and parochial schools, as well as in child day care programs. This legislation is effectively 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, he or she must receive his or her 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 have 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 immunization no later than 14 days after the first day of school. Within 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.

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

The following immunizations are required:

  • Poliomyelitis
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Diphtheria
  • Rubella
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus
  • Meningitis
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal disease

To read the full memo from Dr. Ryan Sherman, Superintendent of Schools, click here.