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Can they deny your child their education if you decided not ashleynb1991 1 child; Hazel Park, Michigan 114 posts
29th Oct '12

I have a 1 year old son and I have not gotten him vaccinated and do NOT want to. A couple of girls at work today were trying to convince me that the daycares and schools will not accept him without his vaccines and that it's not illegal. I want to know what's the truth. It seems like they wouldn't be able to deny a child because that is a CHOICE not mandatory. If anyone could provide me with some resources saying that this is illegal to do so I would greatly appreciate it.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56009 posts
29th Oct '12

Nope they cannot deny your child access to schooling

mommy5916 Due October 8 (girl); 5 kids; California 2877 posts
status 29th Oct '12

no! all you need to do is sign a waver

Chellie Due September 19 (boy); 2 kids; Vegas, Nv, United States 4762 posts
status 29th Oct '12

The process is more difficult to get them enrolled but they cannot deny you access to public education. However Daycares are privately run/funded so they CAN deny your child access.

[JadeLee] 1 child; Minnesota 12190 posts
29th Oct '12

It all depends on the state as to which exemptions they have-Personal, Religious, Medical.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
29th Oct '12

Michigan is so slack on this. There is a printable document online or all day cares and schools have them available. You fill it out and sign it. We selective vax and I've never had an issue. As long as you turn in the waiver you're fine. The state requires that a certain amount of kids in care be vaccinated and/or sign a waiver. It's not a big deal. you don't need a dr to sign off or anything. You don't even need a reason. Some places can deny you but I've never come across one that excludes nonvax children. I wouldnt fret about it.

*Audree* 18 kids; Asotin, Washington 2345 posts
29th Oct '12

Daycare yes. School-depends on your state but there are three exemptions that you could 'qualify' for and then just fill out the waiver.

nutmeg. California 22281 posts
29th Oct '12

Private schools can.
Public schools cannot, per IDEA.
My kids aren't vaccinated and have attended public and private with no issues.
One private school didn't request records.
The second private school requested records and when I said I'd be filing an exemption, they told me a quick, handwritten note for the file would do.
The public school (where my son is now), sent home medical forms and I sent back an all-inclusive exemption.
No issues.

Matt's Momma 5 kids; Nowhere, FL, United States 68 posts
29th Oct '12

don't know about Michigan but here in WV they can deny you access to the public schools (because here it is Mandatory) but they can't deny your child an education. They have to make other arrangements to school your kid. If your state is like here then you can read the school board by laws to get your info

3 little monsters 3 kids; Olathe, Colorado 50990 posts
29th Oct '12

My understanding is that it varies state to state. I would check your state laws but I do believe many schools and drs will try to bully you into getting them. Make sure you know the law and can quote it if they try to bring it up against you.

Angel Mommaa Due February 22 (boy); 16 kids; Indianapolis, Indiana 525 posts
29th Oct '12

I teach in kindergarten and we just had a little girl get suspended until mom brings in her vaccination records. Our principal said she can't come back until they prove she had them. I'm in indiana. I don't know all the rules though.

nutmeg. California 22281 posts
29th Oct '12
Quoting Love = Moco and Bubba:" The process is more difficult to get them enrolled but they cannot deny you access to public education. However Daycares are privately run/funded so they CAN deny your child access. "


The process of not vaccinating was way easier for me.
The public school requested a full physical, a dental exam, a vision exam, a vaccination history and "new" vaccines.
I printed out an exemption at home, signed it, and turned it in.
It saved me about 5 trips to various Doctors and God knows how much money.
Easy peasy.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
29th Oct '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Lindsey86:</b>" I teach in kindergarten and we just had a little girl get suspended until mom brings in her vaccination ... [snip!] ... Our principal said she can't come back until they prove she had them. I'm in indiana. I don't know all the rules though."</blockquote>




That will never happen in MI. We are the most relaxed state on accuses I have seen so far.

nutmeg. California 22281 posts
29th Oct '12
Quoting Lindsey86:" I teach in kindergarten and we just had a little girl get suspended until mom brings in her vaccination ... [snip!] ... Our principal said she can't come back until they prove she had them. I'm in indiana. I don't know all the rules though."


Your principal can get sued, and would surely lose, per IDEA.
As a teacher I'm sure you're well-aware of the "right to a free and public education".



nutmeg. California 22281 posts
29th Oct '12
Quoting Lexinme:" don't know about Michigan but here in WV they can deny you access to the public schools (because here ... [snip!] ... other arrangements to school your kid. If your state is like here then you can read the school board by laws to get your info"


You are correct. West Virginia's laws are some of the strictest.