Dear Rockland BOCES Community,
On June 13, 2019, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. As a result, children who are attending child day care or public, private or parochial school and who had a religious exemption to required immunizations, must now receive the first age appropriate dose in each immunization series by June 28, 2019 to attend or remain in school. Also, by July 14, 2019, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have scheduled appointments for all required follow-up doses. The deadlines for follow-up doses depend on the vaccine.
Please note that students enrolled in all Rockland BOCES programs must comply with the new law, including students enrolled in summer school programs.
We ask that parents contact their child’s doctor to immediately make certain they have met the new requirements. Parents and guardians are also reminded that a copy of their child’s immunization record must be given to the school nurse prior to the start of school.
Parents/guardians who do not provide proof of compliance by the deadlines set forth in the new law will be excluded from BOCES programs until proof of appointment/full immunization is received. The new law does not affect valid medical exemptions.
As always, the health, safety and well-being of our students is our top priority.
Mary Jean Marsico, Ed. D.
Chief Operating Officer