Resources and Education

 

Arizona policy on parents rights:

 In 2010, Arizona Legislature passed the Parents’ Bill of Rights. This statute sets forth the broad rule of parents’ rights: “The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, health care and mental health of their children is a fundamental right.”[3] The government may not interfere with parental rights unless it demonstrates a compelling state interest “of the highest order, is narrowly tailored and is not otherwise served by a less restrictive means.” The Parents’ Bill of Rights recognizes a parent’s right to:

  • Direct the education of their child.

  • Direct the upbringing of their child.

  • Direct the moral or religious training of their child.

  • Make healthcare decisions for their child.

  • Access and review all medical records relating to their child.

  • Provide written permission before a biometric scan is performed on their child.

  • Provide written permission before any record of their child’s blood or DNA is created, stored, or shared.

  • Provide written permission before any videos or voice recordings are made of their child, with certain exceptions (for example, security or surveillance of school property).

  • Be notified promptly if there is suspicion that a criminal offense has been committed against their child.

  • Access information about a Department of Child Safety investigation involving the parent and their child.


https://www.azleg.gov/ars/1/00602.htm

 

"No Shots, No School, NOT TRUE!"

Arizona has 3 exemptions in place.

Religious exemption, Personal Belief exemption & Medical exemptions

Child Care or Preschool: 

  • Medical Exemption Form - Must be completed by the child's physician or nurse practitioner.

  • Religious Beliefs Exemption Form - Must be completed by the parent or guardian of a child attending childcare or preschool programs. The initials of the parent/guardian and the date are required next to each vaccine preventable disease description, in addition to the signature and date at the bottom of the form.

Kindergarten - 12th grade:

  • Medical Exemption Form - Must be completed by the child's physician or nurse practitioner.

  • Personal Beliefs Exemption Form - Must be completed by the parent or guardian of a student attending Kindergarten through 12th grade. Personal Beliefs exemptions are not applicable in childcare or preschool programs. The initials of the parent/guardian and the date are required next to each vaccine preventable disease description, in addition to the signature and date at the bottom of the form

Arizona Revised Statute 
https://www.azleg.gov/ars/15/00873.htm

Arizona Immunization Handbook for School: Office of Education 
https://education.azgovernor.gov/edu/arizona-school-immunization-requirements