Immunizations & Health Exams
There has been some confusion about whether homeschoolers in a group
setting can still make their own choices about immunizations because
the new law states that homeschool students who “receive
classroom-based instruction” are not exempt. However, this law ONLY
applies to children enrolled in a public school independent study
program, as described in California Education Code Section 51745. So
children who are enrolled in a home-based private school program can
freely participate in co-op classes. Thus, parents whose children
are enrolled in a Adelphia, as we are a PSP, may choose whether to
have their children immunized or not, since the law requiring
immunizations for school attendance does not apply to them. However,
whether immunized or not, all school children, including those
homeschooling with Adelphia, must comply with the reporting laws,
which Adelphia files each year.
Since kindergarten is not mandatory in California, Adelphia as
a PSP has opted not to formally enroll students until first grade,
thus we do not have to file the kindergarten immunization
assessment report. All schools which enroll 7th grade students
must annually file the 7th Grade Immunization Assessment, which we
comply with. Either the booster needs to be given for Tdap before
October 15th of their 7th grade school year or, if not immunizing,
we will mark that the dose is missing because "home-based private
Students are required to either have a health exam prior to entry
to first grade/prior to entering any grade if a first time student
in California, or to have a waiver form signed by their parents.
Schools are no longer required to report information about the
exams or waivers to the CDPH, but a report of exam or waiver is
required to be kept in each student’s records. You can find the
health exam form here.
You can find the waiver to the health exam here.
One or the other of these needs to be filled out and returned to
the school office prior to the first day of school.