A healthy school setting gives all students the best chance to learn and grow. Vaccines are very important to this effort. They protect children from getting and spreading diseases that can make them very sick. For this reason, we require children aged 3 years and up- who are attending St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy be vaccinated against certain diseases.
The number of vaccine doses your child needs may vary. It depends on:
- medical history, and
- if they have gotten vaccine doses before.
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As of June 13, 2019, public, private and parochial schools and child care programs in New York can no longer accept requests for religious exemptions from school immunization requirements. This law applies to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and to all child care settings. Schools and child care programs will continue to accept medical exemptions.
Children who had a religious exemption and who will be returning in the 2019-20 school year must meet immunization requirements in order to attend school. Children who have not received all required immunizations must receive the first dose in each immunization series within 14 calendar days after the first day of school or enrollment in child care. Within 30 calendar days of the first day of school, parents or guardians of such children will also need to show that they have scheduled appointments for all follow-up doses.
Medical Exemptions: The Immunization Medical Exemption Form from the DOH must be used when parents are requiring a medical exemption.
This Medical Exemption Form must be given to the nurse upon receipt from the parents.