Dear Parents, 

As you may be aware legislation was recently passed by the legislature of the state of New York eliminating non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements. As a result of this legislation which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on June 13threligious exemptions are no longer available and all students without a proper medical exemption must be in compliance with the age appropriate vaccination requirements. These requirements will be strictly enforced by the NYS Department of Health as well as the NYC Department of Health. Attached hereto is a document received from the NYS Department of Health which provides additional information.

Please be advised that Bais Rivkah will take all steps appropriate to protect the health of our students, faculty and staff and to remain in compliance with all applicable governmental requirements. 

Effective September 2019, no child, including both current and incoming students, will be admitted to any grade in Beth Rivkah - preschool through 12th grade - unless she is up to date or has begun receiving vaccinations. 

As set forth in the attachment, within 30 days of the start of school all students must provide evidence of scheduled appointments for the required follow-up vaccinations. Children without medical exemptions who are not in full compliance with the vaccination requirements will not be permitted to attend school after Yom Tov.

As you can see from the attachments the state can and we believe will impose penalties for non-compliance. Bais Rivkah will do its part and we hope that we can rely on your full cooperation in complying with these regulations to ensure the health of all concerned. Please be advised that Beth Rivkah will seek reimbursement from parents for any fines imposed on Beth Rivkah as a result of a failure of parents to comply with the state requirements.

We urge you to make arrangements with your daughter’s health care provider as soon as possible to obtain the appropriate vaccinations and to be ready for the upcoming school year.

 

Should you have any questions, please contact the medical representative from the department that your daughter is in:

  •  Pre-School/HeadStart  Bryna Telsner    ext.1356       email: btelsner@bethrivkah.edu
  •  Elementary                 Chani Shapiro   ext. 1245       email: elementary@bethrivkah.edu
  • High School                Chana Mast       ext. 1116       email: transcripts@bethrivkah.edu

Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

 

Leah Boas

Executive Director