Immunization Records

We continue to firmly believe that it is our families’ right to choose whether or not they immunize.  In order for us to meet the requirements of a non-public/private “umbrella” school in Tennessee, Alabama, and Colorado, we are required to have documentation on file.  This information is ONLY used to comply with our requirements as a non-public/private school in these states.  There are no requirements for immunization records in the other states that we serve.

Immunization records are for your student’s file ONLY.  This information is kept confidential and only released upon your authorization or upon transfer of your student to another school.

We hope and pray that you can see our desire is for you to continue to have choices in these decisions for your family and in the education of your children.  We only want to do the minimum that is required of us to continue to protect you and give you those educational choices.

As required by state laws, here is a link to information regarding immunizations.  Immunization Information & Schedule, Menningococcal Vaccines, Influenza Vaccines

You may upload your immunization records HERE.  Please read below for more information on your state’s immunization requirements.

 


 

 

Tennessee

As a church-related “umbrella” school in the State of Tennessee, we are required to comply with the non-public school laws which state that proof of immunization or exemption must be provided to the admissions officer of a school.  Medical Exemption (signed by a doctor) or Religious Exemption (signed by the parent) can be submitted.

For further information, we have included the link to the TN Department of Education website addressing the requirements for church-related schools in the State of Tennessee as well as other information regarding homeschooling in Tennessee.

TN Department of Education – Requirements for Church-Related Schools

Tennessee Exemption Form

 


Florida

Florida Residents are required to submit immunization records or signed religious waivers.  The State of Florida requires that each student enrolled in a Florida private school have immunizations on file with their school. You can submit a DH-680 Blue Card or if you are transferring from a public or private school, we may get those in your student file. Forms may be obtained at your local county health department (private physicians typically have access to the DH-680).  You may submit a Medical Exemption from your physician on form DH-680 1003.22(5)(b)(c). You may submit a Religious Exemption in writing stating that you object to the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with his/her religious tenets or practices 1003.22 (5)(a) or may submit a DH-681 Religious Exemption form.

Florida students, who have never attended any school previously, will need to submit a School-Entry Health Examination, which may be obtained from a local county health department or family physician. A student may be exempted from this requirement upon written request of a parent of the student stating objections based on religious grounds 1003.22(1).

All compliance of these requirements is governed and overseen by the Department of Health per 1003.22(8). HLA has been granted a waiver of the reporting requirements as stated in 1003.22(8) due to being a non-campus based school. We believe while we have been granted this waiver by the Department of Health, we still are obligated to meet requirements of the Department of Education in requiring these documents be on file.

 


 

Alabama

As a private “cover” school in Alabama, we are required to keep immunization records or exemption forms on file for each student per Ala. Code § 16-30-3 and 16-30-4.  We are working toward complying with all state requirements to keep our status as a qualified private, non-public school in the State of Alabama.

Medical Exemption (signed by a doctor) and Religious Exemption (signed by the parent) can be submitted but MUST be obtained through the county health department.

NOTE:  HLSDA confirms that there is an official form (ADPH-F-IMM-52) that can be obtained ONLY from county health departments. There is also a regulation (Ala. Admin. R. 660-5-26-.08) that requires using the official form. But the education statute (Ala. Code § 16-30-3) does not require using an official form.  It is their opinion that the official form should be used to meet this requirement but at the very least we will need you to send a signed letter stating such immunization or testing conflicts with his religious tenets and practices.  Please mail to P.O. Box 11688 or fax to 731-284-0731.

For further information, we have included a link to the Alabama State Health Department addressing the requirements for schools in the State of Alabama in regard to immunization requirements.


Colorado

As an independent school in Colorado, we are required to keep immunization records or exemption forms on file for each student (6 C.C.R. 1009-2).  We are working toward complying with all state requirements to keep our status as a qualified independent, non-public school in the State of Colorado.  Immunization records are for your student’s file ONLY.  This information is kept confidential and only released upon your authorization or upon transfer of your student to another school.

Effective for the 2016/2017 school year, we must receive proof of immunizations or your exemption within 14 days of enrollment.  A new exemption must be submitted each year by August 15. Proof of immunizations must be provided on an OFFICIAL Certificate of Immunization and must be signed by a doctor to be accepted.

Please read HSLDA’s current stance on Colorado Immunizations and the latest article “Agency Backs Down”.

In summary, 6 C.C.R.  1009-2  states that (III(a)) states Minimum Immunization Requirements:  To attend school, a student must have an age appropriate Certificate of Immunization. Meeting the initial immunization requirements does not exempt a student from meeting subsequent age requirements. (II) It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to have his or her student immunized unless the student is exempted. A student may be exempted from receiving the required immunizations in the following manner: (a) Medical Exemption (signed by the doctor), (b) Religious Exemption (signed by the parent), (c) Personal Belief Exemption (signed by the parent).  Immunization records MUST be submitted on an Official Immunization Certificate and signed by a doctor per 1009-2 (VI).

Colorado Exemption Form