Parents have the right to apply for exemption from immunization requirements for medical reasons or based on religious beliefs. Charter schools need to follow clear protocols to ensure parents’ rights, even as they safeguard the school population. Medical exemptions must be approved by the NYCDOE Department of Health and Immunizations. Religious exemptions are approved at the school or network level; they do not require DOE approval.
For DOE guidelines and the form for MEDICAL exception requests, visit the DOE Immunization Info page.
NYSED immunization information is available NYSED Immunization Information.
Recommended procedures for approving a religious exemption: Guidelines for Religious Exemptions
For more information covering the current required immunizations and the steps for requests for exemption, check out NYCDOE Immunization Information.