NYS Law Removes Religious Exemption from Immunization Requirements

  • On June 13, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation removing the religious exemption from immunization requirements effective immediately. 

    What did the new law do?

    As of June 13, 2019, there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend either:

    • public, private or parochial school (for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade), or
    • child day care settings.

    Students with religious exemptions who will be returning to school on September 4, 2019, need to begin the immunization process as soon as possible. In order to continue attendance, proof must be received of the first dose in each immunization series and provide documentation to the school with a schedule of age appropriate appointments for all required follow-up vaccine dosages no later than August 12, 2019.  If this information is not received by the school within the time periods specified, these students will not be allowed in school.

    Please contact the central registrar's office for more information.

Immunization Requirements

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    All students of the Akron Central School District must meet the immunization requirements at set forth by New York State Public Health Law. The following are the minimum requirements for attendance in a NYS Public School District:
    • 3-5 doses of Diphtheria Toxoid for students entering grades Pre-K through grade 12.
    • 4 doses of Polio Vaccine for students entering grades Pre-K through grade 12.
    • Three doses of Tetanus Toxoid and Pertussis Vaccine (DtaP, DTP) for students born on or after 1/1/2005.
    • Students 11 years or older entering 6-12th are required to have one dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Booster (Tdap)
    • One dose of Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine (MMR), for students entering Pre-K.
    • Two doses of Measles Vaccine and one dose each of Mumps and Rubella Vaccine for students entering grades K-12.
    • Three doses of Hepatitis B Vaccine for students entering grades Pre-K through grade 12.
    • Two doses of the Varicella Vaccine (Chickenpox), or medical documentation that the child has had the chickenpox disease.
    • Lead level required for Pre-K only.
    The NYS Education Department law requires proof of adequate immunization signed by a physician or a valid medical exemption. If the above requirements are not met, your child may be denied entrance into school, until all requirements are met.