August 21, 2019
Dear KLSD Families,
On June 13, 2019, New York State amended its public health law relating to immunizations and attendance in school. Prior to this amendment, the State recognized religious objections. Effective June 13, the only exemption allowed under the current law is a medical exemption.
With the start of school approaching, all families are reminded that your children must have their immunizations in place (unless you can provide evidence of a medical exemption). If a child does not have record of the appropriate immunizations when school begins, you can expect to receive a notice from your school nurse. The family will have 14 days (or until September 17, 2019) to show us evidence of such immunizations.
For families who do not meet the 14 day deadline, the State’s language is as follows: “Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children, and whose children do not have a valid medical exemption, still must ensure that children of compulsory school age are educated and, thus, would need to provide home instruction (“homeschooling”) for those children.”
Since the amendment to the law, the State has issued guidance documents in the form of Frequently Asked Questions. They can be viewed here:
If you have questions about our District's process, please contact your school’s nurse, principal, or reach out to me.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Andrew Selesnick, Superintendent of Schools