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School districts can be fined for unvaccinated students

On Board Online • September 23, 2019

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

Amid concern about how a new vaccination law will affect school enrollments, school administrators say the opening day of school was uneventful. But many are uncertain about what Day 15 will look like.

Despite a new law ending religious exemption from vaccinations, unvaccinated children were allowed to start classes this fall. However, children may remain enrolled in school only if they have received the first doses of appropriate immunizations within the first 14 calendar days after instruction starts, according to a law Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed on June 13.

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News Releases

Mary Jo O'Hagan of the Baldwin Union Free School District Board Of Education wins New York State School Boards Association's highest award

FOR RELEASE: September 3, 2019

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 527-6933 cell


Mary Jo O’Hagan, a school board member in the Baldwin Union Free School District (USFD), has been named the winner of the New York State School Boards Association’s (NYSSBA) top award for school board service. 

She will receive the 2019 Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service at the Association’s Annual Convention this October in Rochester, New York.



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Legal Alert

Substantial Equivalency Letter

Ms. Christina Coughlin
Assistant Commissioner for the Office of School Governance, Policy, and Religious and Independent Schools
New York State Education Department 89 Washington Avenue, Room 1075 EBA Albany, New York 12234

Re: Proposed Rulemaking I.D. No. EDU-27-19-00010-P Dear Ms. Coughlin:

On behalf of the New York State School Boards Association, please accept these comments in response to the proposed addition of Part 130 to the Commissioner's Regulations relating to substantial equivalency reviews for students attending nonpublic schools.

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