CT HB6423 is moving to the Senate for a vote. Health Choice 4 CT has created this easy to understand analysis of next steps for families. This is a nightmare scenario where children will be "un-enrolled" which is a euphemism for expelled. Healthy children will not be allowed to attend school, like pariahs. America. 2021. A time when race relations and equity are top line news. And here, children of all races, creeds and colors will face discrimination and recrimination not because of the color of their skin, but because of the content (or lack) of their vaccines. No matter what CDC adds to the pediatric list, including COVID, it will be an all or nothing situation. The Nutmeg state has gone nuts.
The bill that passed through the House yesterday on 4/19/2021 includes grandfathering from k-12. Your child must be enrolled in school at PASSAGE. Passage means when the governor signs this into law. If your child is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for September 2021, You need to have a religious exemption on file and enroll them RIGHT NOW before this bill gets signed into law by the governor. You must re-enroll your home schooled kids right now, in order for them to be grandfathered for the duration of their education. The exemption will follow them throughout districts in the state if you change schools or towns.
If your child is in daycare or preschool, you will have until September 2022 To make sure your child is completely caught up on ALL of their immunizations, or submit a catch up letter from your doctor that you are in process of getting that done. There will be no options of private school, private daycare, or private pre-k after September 2022.
The HB6423 bill moves on to the Senate Now. It is highly unlikely the bill will get any amendments added. They will have to vote on the current language of the bill as passed by the house, or not call it for a vote at all. They can certainly take up the SB568 Bill, have a debate on that bill, add amendments or strip all grandfathering completely. The senate bill would then go to the house for approval. The house would not generally amend a senate bill either, and just vote on the language as-is. This is the year where anything goes and there are no rules. Anything could happen and we just cannot speculate how any of this will go. These are not normal Session rules and they certainly are not playing fair.
College Students will be grandfathered in to this bill at passage. There is no grandfathering option for any higher education in Ct after this becomes law. Religious Exemptions from other states will be transferrable only until this is signed by the governor into law. Yes 1 week to possibly only get it on file.
There is currently no Form required for the religious exemption. You simply write a statement that vaccines are against your sincere religious beliefs. HAVE JUST 1 parent sign and date. It must be acknowledged (not necessarily notarized) by a judge, family support magistrate clerk/deputy clerk including the seal, town clerk, notary public, justice of the peace, and commissioner of the superior court. If you are insistent on a form, use our form found here, DO NOT USE THE STATE FORM!! https://healthchoicect.org/.../Religious%20Exemption...
Where that leaves us. We must focus on the senate HARD. Send them communications via email, phone, cell phone, twitter, facebook, private mailings, and call he senate democrat number for the capital. Most importantly you will have to commit to showing up to the Senate Rally. Only 1 state beat this and they showed up strong. Commit hard to recruiting 10 people who will come with you. We may only have a few hours notice. They are playing dirty this year and we just don't have the lead time we wish we did. Be prepared between now and June 6th to show up and bring friends. at least 10. We still have doorknockers available for pickup to help spread the word. Thinking is they will do this next week as soon as Monday. It is the most important bill in the state of Ct as evidenced by yesterday's event. Find your info for Senators here. bit.ly/2021CTLegislators