Aug 13, 2016, NBC KING5 Seattle: Hundreds of [California] students without proof of vaccination sent home
Hundreds of students were sent home from school this week after failing to show proof of vaccination.
Daniel Thigpen, a spokesperson for the Folsom-Cordova School District said 145 students from their more than 3,000 students were sent home when they showed up to school without the proper immunization records.
Elk Grove school district also started school this week. The district’s spokesperson Xanthi Pinkerton said 133 students from their 32 schools, 110 7th graders and 23 Kindergartners, were unable to enroll because of the lack of vaccination records.
As of July 1, parents can no longer use personal or religious belief exemptions to opt their kids out of vaccinations. Under the new law, students entering Kindergarten and 7th grade are now required to show proof of vaccinations.
“We’re working under a different game plan now,” Thigpen said.
According to Thigpen, by the end of the first week of school, 47 students were able to clear up their records. Still, 98 students remain unable to attend class….
“While the number might not seem necessarily large compared to the fact that we have over 3000 kindergartners and 7th graders throughout the district in 24 schools still that’s almost 100 kids that aren’t in class right now,” Thigpen explained.
Thigpen said each family situation for why they didn’t provide a proof of vaccination is different.