I've been doing some research on homeschooling and the new vaccination law which goes into effect July 1, 2016. If you are one of those parents choosing to homeschool next year,
here is some updated information published by the HomeSchool Association of California. Their writings state that the new law exempts students from immunization requirements if they are enrolled in home-based private schools or independent study programs in which the pupil is not receiving classroom-based instruction.
If you are homeschooling by establishing a private school in your own home and filing a Private School Affidavit, your students are exempt from the immunization laws. If you are in a Private School Satellite Program, (PSP) your students are exempt from the vaccination laws also. These are programs in which a private school offers a homeschooling program which is primarily taught by the parents and is not classroom based.
The new law states that students in independent study programs are exempt only if there is no classroom-based
instruction. The definition of classroom-based instruction is -
to spend at least 80% of their instructional time in a class on a school site and being taught by credentialed teachers. If the child's instruction does not meet these requirements it is considered non- classroom based instruction.
The California Department of Public Health has also stated that all schools, public and private, must collect vaccination information from all students, including those in a home-based private school and non-classroom-based independent study programs. The Homeschool Association of California sees no basis for this requirement in the health code or education code and will be making further inquiries into this.
Next updates will follow regarding advice from a prominent doctor and options for parents regarding the new vaccination law. Please feel free to contact me by email to ask questions.