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Legislative Updates

Senate Bill 277

Effective July 2016, SB 277 will eliminate personal and religious exemptions from immunization requirements for children in child care and public and private schools. Personal belief exemptions submitted before January 1, 2016 will remain valid until the student reaches kindergarten or 7th grade. SB 277 removes immunization requirements for:
  • Home-based private schools
  • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction
  • Access to special education and related services specified in an individualized education program
Students in the above categories will still need to provide immunization records to their schools before entry. Schools still need to report to the CDPH the immunization status of all students at the existing checkpoints of child care, kindergarten and 7th grade. The law also allows medical and personal beliefs exemptions from any new immunization requirement initiated by CDPH for school and child care attendance.

The text of SB 277 and additional information is available at:



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Tulare County Office of Education
School Health Program
7000 Doe Avenue, Building 700, Visalia, CA 93291

Nan Arnold, Program Manager
(559) 651-0130 • fax: (559) 651-1995



Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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