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Personal Belief Exemptions

Effective January 2016, California Senate Bill 277 (SB 277) will eliminate personal and religious exemptions from immunization requirements for children in child care and public and private schools.

The law will allow personal belief exemptions (PBEs) submitted before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a student enters:

  • TK/Kindergarten
  • 7th grade

Out-of-state PBEs will not be valid. The following exempt categories will not have to meet existing immunization requirements for entry:

  • Home-based schools
  • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction.

Read frequently asked questions about personal belief exemptions or contact the SFUSD Nurse of the Day at 415-242-2615.