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.
The NYCSCA has established this Safety Program & Procedures Manual, herein after called “SCA Safety Manual” in order to guide and direct the management, staff, and contractors working on all NYC school buildings of their obligation to adhere to the policies and procedures set forth within this program thereby promoting a safe work environment for all SCA personnel, school occupants, workers and the general public.
The Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act of 2000 established the foundation for schools to create safer school environments. One of the requirements of SAVE is that school districts develop, review, and regularly update school safety plans at the district and building level. This guide developed jointly by the State University of New York (SUNY) and the State Education Department (SED) helps Charter Schools achieve compliance.
Effective September 1, 2016, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced that schools are subject to new immunization requirements. Charter schools are required to comply with these requirements and should refer to the DOH’s new 2017-18 guide on required immunizations (https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2370.pdf).