Information about SB277
SB 277 is the bill that was passed by Governor Brown today that removes the Personal Exemption from vaccinations for children that attend Public Schools or Private Schools. This bill was amended prior to being signed to provide exceptions for homeschooling in California. The amendment can be viewed here:
As this relates to HuckleBerry, please be aware that HuckleBerry is not a school. It is a Learning Center and is not affiliated with the California Department of Education.
A summary of SB277 follows. If you belong to a public charter school, an ISP or a PSP, you should check with your teacher to determine how SB277 affects you if you have used the Personal Exemption and your child is not fully vaccinated.
NOTE: The vaccine Gardasil is NOT part of this bill and is NOT required in California.
Families filing a Private School Affidavit, or those that belong to a PSP like iDEAcademy, no longer need to file a personal exemption, and are not required to vaccinate.
If you are part of a non seat-based charter school, you will be able to continue with whatever you choose in terms of vaccination. The Personal Exemption form goes away next year, but you will not be required to vaccinate.
If you are part of a charter school where your child receives instruction in a classroom, you will be required to vaccinate.
As always with legal matters, you should confirm your school's interpretation of SB277.
If you have filed a personal exemption as of 1/1/16, you are grandfathered into this new law. This means that you will not need to show proof of vaccination until entering Kindergarten or 7th grade. This exemption ends as of 7/1/16 and at that time, once a child enters 7th-12th grade into a public school, they will be required to show proof of vaccination.
Please note that the medical exemption STILL REMAINS.