You can claim certain exemptions, but Missouri law may require that your child be excluded from our mainstream educational program (i.e., it can prohibit non-vaccinated students from interacting with vaccinated students).
- Religious Exemption: “Actively choosing not to immunize a child by claiming a religious exemption is a parent’s right; however, it carries significant responsibility. To protect inadequately vaccinated individuals and the entire community, unimmunized children could be excluded from school during disease outbreaks. This can cause hardship for the child and parent. No exceptions are made, regardless of the circumstances.”
- Medical Exemption: “These individuals are at greater risk of exposure to any vaccine-preventable disease that can be life-threatening. To protect those who cannot be vaccinated and the entire community, unimmunized children could be excluded from school and child care during disease outbreaks. This can cause hardship for the child and parent.”
- Children in Progress: “According to Missouri regulation, children who have not received immunizations required for child care and school attendance cannot attend until their immunizations are up-to-date. However, a child is allowed to attend if the required immunization series has begun and an appointment for the next dose is scheduled. This immunization appointment must be documented on an in progress card and filed with the child care facility or school.“
Students attending Kairos Academies must comply with state laws surrounding immunization against specific diseases. Students without appropriate immunizations may be excluded from Kairos as required by law or at the discretion of the CEO or their designee.
The CEO oversees procedures for the maintenance of health records, which are to show the immunization status of every student enrolled or attending Kairos Academies, and for the completion of all necessary reports in accordance with guidelines prepared by the Department of Social Services-Missouri Division of Health.