As of January 1, 2016, Lake Tahoe Unified School District is required to adhere to a new law known as SB 277, wherein vaccination exemptions based on personal beliefs will no longer be permitted for entry into public child care or school in California. Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten/transitional kindergarten or 7th grade.
SB 277 provides that a student can go without vaccinations if he or she is enrolled in a home-based private school or independent study program and does not receive classroom-based instruction. LTUSD’s Independent Learning Academy (ILA) will not be an available option for families because it does include some classroom-based instruction, however, the District's Online Learning program is available for students wishing to enroll without vaccinations.
Parents of students currently attending school under a personal belief exemption are encouraged to speak to the school nurse to discuss their enrollment plans for the future. District administrators and staff members involved in the enrollment process are prepared to answer questions regarding the revised immunization law. As well, families will continue to receive information as we get closer to Kindergarten roundup.