The New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) and Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) filed emergency regulations on August 16, 2019 to implement the statutory amendments to the Public Health Law. The emergency regulations further strengthen and clarify the process by which physicians can grant medical exemptions under the new state law, which repealed nonmedical exemptions for children attending school or child care. In addition, the regulations provide further clarity for school districts and child care centers by defining what it means to admit or attend these establishments.
On August 16, 2019, DOH, the NYS Education Department (NYSED) and OCFS also released additional guidance for schools, child care programs, parents and guardians in order to comply with the new law that repeals nonmedical exemptions. The guidance document further addresses frequently asked questions regarding the impact the new law has on home-schooled students, school transportation, and students with disabilities. This guidance document complements information issued on June 18, 2019 and on July 22, 2019.
A copy of the emergency regulations and the June 18, 2019, July 22, 2019 and August 16, 2019 guidance documents are available on NYSED’s Student Health Services website.