Many parents and school administrators have suffered confusion and distress as a result of CDPHE's manipulative tactics that seem to have been explicitly designed to pit parents and school administrators against each other. CCVC has communicated with several school districts to clarify what the law requires to the satisfaction of both parents and schools. Concurrent with those efforts, CCVC has repeatedly sought clarification from CDPHE officials as to why they refuse to stay within the law. CDPHE continues to sow confusion and distrust.
Print this letter to provide clarification for your school administrators
Text version of the PDF letter above:
Dear School Official,
Re: Vaccine Exemption Notice Attached
I am writing to you on behalf of some parents at your school who are doing their best to be in full compliance with Colorado State vaccine exemption law but are being met with some resistance by your school health personnel.
CDPHE has provided inaccurate and confusing information regarding the use of vaccine exemption forms in the state of Colorado by promoting the idea of an “official form”. This stands in contrast to what Colorado State Law 25-4-903(b) states:
a parent may obtain an exemption from vaccines by “…submitting to the student’s school a statement of exemption signed by one parent or guardian or the emancipated student or student eighteen years of age or older that the parent, guardian, or student is an adherent to a religious belief whose teachings are opposed to immunizations or that the parent or guardian or the emancipated student or student eighteen years of age or older has a personal belief that is opposed to immunization.”
There is no reference here, or in any other State vaccine exemption law, to an 'official form'. CDPHE’s lawyer, Ann Hause, even told me in an email on November 2 that, “nothing in the Colorado statutes changed recently to authorize the use of an official form". Thus the new form is not a valid form and can be safely ignored.
We urge you to accept the attached legally acceptable form or statement from this parent involved.
Many schools and districts throughout the state are accepting the old, legislatively approved form or, as in Boulder Valley, Poudre, Weld Severance R-4 school districts, even a simple signed letter of exemption by a parent as stipulated by law.
I trust that you will do all you can to quickly resolve this situation and assure vaccine exempt families that they are valued members of your school community.
Please call me if you have any questions regarding parent and children’s vaccine exemption rights in the State of Colorado.
Colorado Coalition for Vaccine Choice
We have been working hard this Fall to help families understand and deal with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) vaccine exemption form and process. We believe that CDPHE is in wide-ranging violation of rule making procedures and are therefore clear grounds for invalidating the rules regarding 2016 changes to the Colorado vaccine exemption process.
Therefore CCVC has taken legal action against CDPHE by submitting a Judicial Review to stop CDPHE from these unwarranted actions. Professional legal assistance will be required in order to successfully present and win our case. Thanks to your previous generous donations, CCVC presently has the funds required to retain a lawyer. Even with the 30% reduction of legal fees, we will need to raise a significant amount of money to pay for the remainder of the legal expenses.
Please donate and give what you are able. Funds will be used to defend Vaccine Choice in Colorado as the fight to preserve informed consent, vaccine exemptions and privacy in medical matters continues. CCVC is a 501(c)(4) IRS designated nonprofit. Because of its political and advocacy mission, donations are not tax deductible. CCVC’s volunteer Board collectively works hundreds of hours per month for no compensation to advance its mission to protect your right to vaccine choice.
Colorado Coalition for Vaccine Choice