By Richard Bammer
As enrollment for area school districts gets underway, Vacaville Unified is among those offering a learning option for nonvaccinated students, the home-based Independent Study program.
In response to SB 277, which took effect Jan. 1 and disallows personal and religious belief exemptions for some 10 vaccinations, Superintendent Jane Shamieh said that, as a result of the law, some families may no longer have a school to send their children to. The law affects all California public and private schools and day care centers. In a prepared statement, Shamieh noted this major change for the 12,300-student district, which has accepted exemptions for students in the past.
“We hope that parents understand that the law now prohibits all California schools from accepting vaccination exemptions,” she said in a press release issued some weeks ago. “Our hope is that students stay engaged in learning at school sites,” with IS, as it’s called for short, another choice for families that do not want to vaccinate.