School Board Supports SB 277

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 - Posted in All District News District Communications

School Board Recognizes Boosting Vaccination Means Safer Schools.

On June 10, 2015, the Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education unanimously passed Resolution 15-2014-15 in support of SB277, a bill geared to increase vaccination rates in schools and protect community immunity against sometimes deadly diseases.

SB 277, authored by Senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen, will remove the personal belief exemption (PBE) from school immunization requirements, allowing exemptions only for medical reasons. Vaccines are an important public health measure, ensuring that every eligible child is immunized to help protect our communities from preventable disease.

SB 277 passed the Senate last month on a strong, bi-partisan 25-10 vote. The Assembly Health Committee passed SB 277 on a 12-6 vote on June 9, 2015.

Superintendent-elect Randall Booker sent a memo yesterday to all Piedmont Unified families reminding them that their students must be up to date with immunizations to enter school in the fall. Piedmont has a high rate of immunized students with < 1% PBEs. The number of students fully immunized for each required vaccine will be posted for each school on the district’s website by the start of the school year.

PUSD School Board Member, Amal Smith stated “SB 277 is an important step in protecting our students and our community.”

SB 277 is supported by a large number of organizations and school districts including California PTA, American Academy of Pediatrics California, and California School Nurses Organization. For more information and a list of endorsements visit VaccinateCalifornia.org.

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