1) Suggestions for parents who are requested by their child’s school to complete the CDPHE online or downloaded form as a condition of school attendance:

  1. Do not complete the CDPHE online exemption form; otherwise you will be complicit in acknowledging an incomplete opinion of vaccine policy and forfeit your family’s right to privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  2. Use the traditional CDPHE exemption form or your own personally written statement, complete non-medical statement of exemption (religious or personal belief) with the following:
    1. To whom_(name of Nurse or administrator), school name, name of child, address and
    2. write “under authority of C.R.S. 25-4-903.B I hereby declare that my child is exempt from vaccines based on my (Personal or Religious beliefs…choose one)
    3. sign and date your statement.
  3. Submit your exemption statement to the school with an attached copy of CCVC’s Board Member Phil Silberman’s letter printed from the ccfvc.org website.
  4. However, if your school’s administration refuses to accept your statement of exemption and you are forced to use the CDPHE unauthorized form under duress and threat of your child’s expulsion from the school, you have two choices:
    1. Refuse to sign the CDPHE form, give them a copy of CCVC’s Phil Silberman’s letter and notify the school that you will engage legal action against the school, contact the local media or you will contact your State Senator and/or House District Representative to intervene on your behalf;
    2. Read and sign the August 2016 CDPHE exemption form in a peaceful respectful manner: (NB It may be less stressful for you to take the CDPHE form home to complete and attach the suggested documents and return later to the School)
      1. Legibly cross out like this any sentence on the form that you do not agree with;
      2. Sign the form in the signature area with the additional comment that “I do not agree with this form because it compels me to read and understand something that is incomplete about vaccines and thereby I do not agree with”;
      3. In the signature area note that you have attached CCVC Board Member Phil Silberman’s letter;
      4. Download/print copies of the WAPF Exemption Form and Silberman’s letter and attach to the CDPHE form; then:
        1. Ask the School Nurse to read, initial or sign it.
        2. It is desirable though not required to ask the school Nurse or Administrator to acknowledge that they understands the parent’s point of view regarding vaccinations
        3. Attach a copy of the Phil Silberman’s letter to these documents.
        4. Keep a duplicate set of copies of these documents for your records.
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2) Print this letter

Print this letter to provide clarification for your school administrators

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.

Respectfully yours,

Phil Silberman
Colorado Coalition for Vaccine Choice
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3) CCVC is taking legal action against CDPHE

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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.

Thank you,

Colorado Coalition for Vaccine Choice