Immunization

We understand that vaccines are a sensitive issue for some. However, we have an obligation to provide a safe learning environment for all students. Our Board of Directors approved an Immunization Policy as detailed below, effective September 2015.

Although we are not a school, we do work with public schools. We have opted to follow guidelines for CA schools, as recommended by the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Ventura County Health Care Agency. See here for California Department of Public Health immunization requirements.

Fall 2017-2018 requirements:

  • With registration: Families will be required to show proof of immunizations according to state guidelines with Fall registration. State requirements are:
    • All students entering 7th grade:
      • Tdap: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis- 3-4 doses; 1 dose required again at 7th grade
      • MMR: Measles, Mumps, Rubella- 1 dose prior to 7th, and 1 dose at 7th
    • Students must have had these by kindergarten entry:
      • Polio– 4 doses
      • Varicella (chickenpox)- 2 doses needed by 13-17 yrs
      • Hepatitis B– 3 doses (4-6 yrs, kindergaten and above)
      • MMR: 2 doses
      • Tdap: 1 dose.
  • Not everyone can be vaccinated. The recommended percentage for “herd immunity” is above 90%. Due to the small size of our program, we allow for medical exemptions, or those not fully vaccinated, on a limited basis*.
    • IMPORTANT: If your child cannot be fully or partially vaccinated, please provide this information when inquiring about registration so we know how many students are requesting exemptions. This information is kept confidential.
      • Families who do not disclose this information until registration paperwork is sent may be denied participation should our “non-vaccination” slots be filled.
    • In the event of an outbreak, any student not immunized against the viral outbreak may be excluded from classes in accordance with recommendations by the Ventura County Health Care Agency. No refunds are provided for missed classes.

*This limit is dependent on the total number of registered students, which may increase or decrease over the course of the year.