Posted on July 9, 2018
By Pete Angie
The Ithaca City School District has made a seemingly significant change to its protocol for handling religious exemptions to vaccinations for students of the district. New York State Public Health Law requires that students attending schools in New York be vaccinated unless their parent or caretaker holds religious beliefs contrary to vaccinations. Parents and caretakers with such beliefs were simply required in the past to submit a letter to ICSD stating their objection, which is similar to the standard practice in most schools across the state. Last year, however, parents seeking an exemption, and some of those who had already received one, started seeing a change.
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