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Can schools bar unvaccinated students when illness breaks out?

September 24, 2014

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

Since the beginning of September, cases of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, have been cropping up around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a 30 percent increase so far in 2014. And whooping cough isn’t the only highly contagious disease on the rise. Measles outbreaks have resulted in a 20-year high in cases. Nearly 600 people in 21 states have fallen ill this year.

You might be thinking that whooping cough and measles are diseases from way back. They are, but they are making a comeback as more parents refuse to vaccinate their children.

Parents have several reasons to not vaccinate a child, including health issues, such as a weak immune system, and religious objections. But a growing number of parents fear that vaccines are harmful to children, saying they can cause autism. There is no scientific evidence connecting vaccines to autism.

Unvaccinated children pose a potential health hazard because they can bring highly contagious diseases to classrooms, spreading the illness to students who cannot be vaccinated or whose shots fail to provide full protection. The result can be missed school days, hospital visits, and even, in extreme cases, death. Health officials warn parents that if they do not vaccinate children, they run the risk of infection, and that the growing number of unvaccinated children increases the risk for a potentially fatal outbreak.

The majority of states require students to be fully vaccinated before attending public schools, citing public safety requirements. Parents with a religious objection or students with a medical condition normally receive a waiver. More states are allowing “philosophical exemptions” for parents who do not agree with vaccines.

So when a student at school becomes ill with a vaccine-preventable disease, what happens to the unvaccinated children? More schools are finding that the only option to protect the majority of students is to forbid unvaccinated students from attending until the threat has passed.

But can public schools bar students who are not vaccinated from attending schools during an outbreak?

Parents of two children in New York City thought that it was unconstitutional to forbid them from attending school when another student reported having contracted chicken pox, for which there is a vaccine. The children had not been vaccinated on religious grounds and said that their First Amendment right to free exercise of religion had been violated.

Judge William F. Kuntz II of the Federal District Court of Brooklyn ruled in June that the city’s Department of Education did have the authority to bar unvaccinated students from public schools when a communicable illness is reported. Kuntz cited a 109-year-old Supreme Court ruling that said the state of Massachusetts could fine a man for refusing a vaccine during a smallpox epidemic.

The court ruled in Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905) that the government has the right to require immunizations as a matter of public health.

What do you think?

Should schools be allowed to bar unvaccinated students when a student is reported to have a vaccine-preventable illness? Which is more important? The religious rights or philosophical beliefs of parents or the government’s ability to provide public safety?
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6/4/2018
Murrieta/CA
Megan
Jabro/MCA
Considering the safety of the majority of students, I think schools should be allowed to bar unvaccinated kids when there is an outbreak. Although you might see it as unconstitutional, I think that the school system has a responsibility to protect its' kids. Parents are putting their trust in their districts to protect their children while attending; and if that requires forcing a handful of students to stay home for a short period of time, then they should be able to do so.

5/18/2018
murrieta/ca
leslie
jabro/mca
i feel schools should ban unvaccinated students because i know people can have very poor sanitarty behaviors and as a student i forsure do not want to come to school with a student that has a contagious illness and possibly spreading it

5/11/2018
Murrieta/California
Jonathan Baker
Jabro/MCA
I mean illness will spread you can't prevent that so I don't believe you can punish someone for being sick but if it's bad and they know it they better stay home to be safe to not spread it but if they did go to school they shouldn't be punished for it.

12/21/2017
murrieta, ca
Justin R.
Jabro/MCA
I think schools should be able to ban non-vaccinated students, because it can lead to a huge health hazard to everyone else.

12/13/2017
murrieta
velma
jabro
yes they should because what if its a really bad sickness and everyone gets sick then that would be bad.

12/6/2017
murrieta ca
kendall
mca jabro
i think if its proven the students have an illness or could potentially have an illness and its contagious they should be banned

12/6/2017
Murrieta,Ca
Monique
Jabro/MCA
I think schools should be allowed to ban students who aren't vaccinated. Unvaccinated student can spread whatever illness they have to students and teachers.

12/1/2017
mca
sophie
jabro
I think that students should be able to ban unvaccinated students because spreading germs is unhealthy and really just unwanted.

11/27/2017
murrieta
Parker Belle
mca jabro
Yes schools should ban unvaccinated students. coming from a student the last thing i want is to be around another student who has a illness and spreads it to me or a teacher.

11/17/2017
Murrieta, CA
Allyssa
Jabro/MCA
Schools should be allowed to bar students who aren't vaccinated. I feel like they should because they easily spread the sickness to other students and even teachers.

10/27/2017
Palmdale
ALIM THE ENDER
Ms. Agnew
Yes, schools should ban unvaccinated students from attending school. Simply coming in contact with other students is enough to spread disease, and if someone isn't vaccinated, the chances of them becoming a contact point for other students is far too high.

10/13/2017
Sidney, Mt
Patrick Prince
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
Yes, schools should be allowed to bar students that are not vaccinated to keep other students from getting sick or getting the illness. I thinks students who don't get vaccinated should not go t school. It is a right to go to school not a privilege and student that don't get vaccinated should be home schooled.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
Isak Rosales
Mr.Faulhaber
I think the school can bar students for coming into school if they are vaccinated because it can cause other students for getting sick. I also thing that the school should help pay it.

10/12/2017
sidney/montana
Leonard
faulhaber/sidney high school
Frist people should not say that the vaccinations cause autism. they should get all the facts be for speaking .

10/12/2017
Sidney Montana
jason
Mr.faulhaber
i still feel like all children should be vaccinated even if it can make them a little upset tummy

10/12/2017
Sidney/MT
Kade
Mr. Faulhaber
In my opinion, I think that people shouldn't be worrying about the kids that are not vaccinated if there kids are. I think it should be a choice

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Shawn
Mr. faulhaber
I believe that they should be able to because they might be the reason everyone else is getting sick so why not take the problem out right away

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Abby
Mr. Faulhaber
I think they should vaccinate ALL kids who need any kind of shot for their health so it doesn't spread through out the schools.

10/12/2017
Sidney High School
Cody Davis
Mr. Faulhaber
Schools should not be allowed bar students because their religion is free and cant be contradicted be someone else's beliefs.

10/12/2017
Sidney MT
Chase
Mr. Faulhaber
Yes, schools should be allowed to bar unvaccinated students. There is no reason to put anyone else in the school at risk because your child can’t get vaccinated. Public safety is more important.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Trenton L
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
Yes, schools can bar unvaccinated students during an illness outbreak. This protects the other students from becoming ill and slows and or stops the illness outbreak.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
Randy
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
Schools should be allowed to bar students that are not vaccinated because other students are then in danger of getting some illness. It is more important for the government to protect the majority and so everyone should be vaccinated to protect everyone. It could possibly save lives if an outbreak of a dangerous illness was to break out.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Waylon
Mr. Faulhaber
Schools should be allowed to restrict students from attending school if they are not vaccinated. In the interest of everyone else in the school it prevents the possible spread of disease. It is more important to protect public safety rather than to protect philosophical or religious views.

10/12/2017
Sidney MT
Kyle D.
Mr. Faulhaber SHS
I feel as if the school can bar unvaccinated students if it poses a risk to the rest of the students, staff or even said student. It is more of a prevention of the spread of an illness. This should be only allowed when there is a big outbreak in said town.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Joe
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
Unvaccinated students should not be allowed in public schools. If they have a medical reason that they can't take vaccines, they can be exempt. If religious or philosophical beliefs are more important than safety, they can go to private schools. If more and more students are not getting vaccinated, it decreases the effectiveness of the vaccines in the students that have been vaccinated.

10/12/2017
Sidney MT
Jesse J
Mr. Faulhaber
Public schools should be allowed to bar students who do not have their vaccinations. This would reduce the risk of health hazards at the school in case of a break out. It risks other kids who don't have a strong immune system and can get them some serious health problems.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Tesa
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Public schools should absolutely be allowed to bar unvaccinated students because when you allow them into the school, you are putting a greater risk on the other students to get the whooping cough, or even pertussis. Despite the religion, vaccines are needed to help keep students safe in a public display. If you catch one of these horrible diseases there is a chance you could become very ill and die. This is not okay as the staff of every school tries to keep each and every individual safe. They cant keep everyone safe if the students themselves are not vaccinated. Something so horrible could be easy to avoid by not having the unvaccinated kids at school. There is no direct correlation between autism and vaccines.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Max Peters
Mr. Faulhaber SHS
I believe that all students should be vaccinated before they go to school. Having a student that has not taken there vaccine yet could put other students in the school at risk. If someone does not want to have a vaccine, than he can be home schooled or get another type of education.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
kaydrianna
Faulhaber/SHS
I personally don't think that students that have not been vaccinated should go to school. That is putting to many people in harm. if everyone is vaccinated then everyone is in a safe place and happy

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
chase
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
They should be able to bar unvaccinated students if there is no good or logical reason for them not to be vaccinated. Peoples rights are more important than just one vaccine that most likely will not be needed. If the parents don't believe in it but the student wants the vaccine they should allow it. People should not be aloud to force people, whether that be their child or not, what to believe in.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Lauryn
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that a public school can bar children who are not vaccinated, during an outbreak, because it can save them and a majority of the unvaccinated children from getting sick as well. The vaccines are there to prevent your child from becoming ill and if you don't want your child vaccinated then it's your choice, but for the parents who do vaccinate their children it is unfair.

10/12/2017
Sidney/ Montana
Troy
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
no, going to school is the law. Some families cannot afford to pay for vaccines, no one can punish them for not being to afford it.

10/12/2017
sidney mt
jordan
Mr. Faulhaber SHS
i believe that students that wish to go to a public school should be vaccinated for the health and safety of the other students at the school. Home schooling is an alternative to public school the does not require vaccinations.

10/12/2017
sidney
Jarod
Mr. Faulhaber
Yes schools should be able to ban unvaccinated students from entering class. Whooping cough and measles are serious diseases, and just because they are in some religion that doesnt allow it then home school them. They dont get the golden throne just because there religious its unacceptable.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Riley
Mr. Faulhaber
I think it is okay to bar students who haven't been vaccinated from public schools. the stubbornness of the parents should not have to result in the illness of other students, therefore it is not fair to others if a student who is let vaccinated comes to school to possibly spread the disease.

10/12/2017
sidney MT
skylar
faulhaber / sidney
I think its okay to ban children who don't get vaccinated because it could cause harm to other children. it could cause a disease to spread fast among the school. it would be a hazard to schools and the community.

10/12/2017
Sidney/ Montana
Emily
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think it is okay for a school to not allow a student who is not vaccinated into the school. This leaves that student with a higher chance to contract an illness and then to bring it into the school. This would put all of the students and teachers in danger of getting it due to close quarters.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Sandra
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that the schools have a right to bar them. One, is maybe for their own protection. The school would be protecting the students from catching the illness. Two if it is preventable, is required for others' safety and health then the child that could cause the disease should be barred. Religion is important, but the safety of a community is more important. These diseases can cause epidemics that could kill many of or population. If it can be prevented, why not take the precautions to keep it from happening.

10/12/2017
Sidney, MT
Jade
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
This is a prime example of natural selection. Let them do whatever they want. Hopefully there is an outbreak and they don’t make it. I know I will be okay because I’m not ignorant and I got vaccinated and so will my kids.

10/12/2017
sidney, Mt
anthony
Mr. Faulhaber
I think schools should be able to bar unvaccinated children during an outbreak because it puts the child at risk and it puts other people at risk because some parents didn't want to vaccinate their kid.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Kiana
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Yes, I do think schools should have to be allowed to except bar unvaccinated students. The school can’t tell the parent’s that their children need to be vaccinated. If the students or parents have a religious belief or just don’t simply like vaccines on they shouldn’t have to get one. The free exercise clause reserves the right of American citizens to accept any religious belief and engage in religious rituals.

10/12/2017
Sidney Mt
Tyler
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I would actually agree with this article because letting students that haven't been vaccinated shouldn't be allowed to go to school. Not only that it would cause other people to worry it will also cause an outbreak of whatever that student/students have and it will spread like wildfire. Now parents that have strange beliefs don't let your child/children fall into the hands of any kind of sickness.

10/12/2017
sidney
beau partridge
Mr. Faulaber
honestly I do not believe in vaccines. Yes, I have taken the shots that i needed to attend school. but honestly everyone is going to get sick and everyone is going to fight it some way or another. If someone doesn't want to get the medicine, then so be it. For the kids who have their shots are safe from it, right?? I don't think religion should be an excuse either. why do all the religious people get what they want?

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
John
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that schools should be allowed to bar unvaccinated students when there is a reported vaccine preventable disease. I think that the governments ability to provide public safety is significantly more important than parents religious or philosophical beliefs.

10/12/2017
SHS
Jordan
Mr.Faulhaber
If a kid has not been vaccinated and tries to go to a school that requires vaccines the he should not be allowed to go. The school should not put every other student ion danger because one kids parents won’t get him vaccinated. If it is because religious reviews or any other reason either home school or find another private or public school that does not require a vaccine.

10/12/2017
Sidney Montana
Christopher O.
Mr. Faulhaber SHS
I think that it is alot safer for your child to be vaccinated. I think unvaccinated students should be barred from school. I know a couple people who had chicken pocks as a kid and now they have shingles and its really painful. kids should be vaccinated not just to help them now but it will help them in the future

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
Quinten
Mr. Faulhaber/Schools
Sicknesses are caused from unsanitary behaviors. People are told during childhood that if you don't wash your hands, you may get sick. Nobody knows what they are putting into our bodies with these vaccines, and having their requirement means government corruption. They are charging whatever they want for these vaccines and if the schools require it, then they can get whatever they want for, who knows what is entering our body. Schools can not ban unvaccinated students to come to school.

10/12/2017
Sidney
Kaelyn
Mr. Faulhaber
Schools should be allowed to bar unvaccinated students. Public safety is more important than the philosophical beliefs of parents. The safety of a bunch of students is more important than a couple of students. These outbreaks could be fatal and children need to be protected.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Katie
B. Faulhaber
I don’t not believe that schools should be able to bar unvaccinated students when a student is reported to have a vaccine-preventable illness. I believe that religious rights and philosophical beliefs are more important than the public’s safety. Let’s say a student got vaccinated and got sick, then another student got sick from the student who got vaccinated. Who is at fault? I know of people who don’t get vaccinated and are healthy/active who are very healthy.

10/12/2017
Sidney High School
Josephine Langwald
Mr. Faulhaber
I do think that the school can bar students who aren’t vaccinated because the school has to protect their students and they wouldn’t want all of their students to get sick because of one student. It would be better to bar a couple students to protect the majority of students from the outbreak. Clearly it is in the schools best interest to protect their students and if that means baring some students then they should be able to do so.

10/12/2017
Sidney MT
Jace
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that schools should be allowed to bar unvaccinated students that fall ill to a preventable illness. I believe that religious beliefs and public safety are both extremely important. However, when that religious belief puts other people’s lives at risk I believe that public safety then becomes more important. Therefore, I believe schools should be allowed to protect their students from harm and bar unvaccinated students.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Ariana
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think school should be allowed to bar unvaccinated students when a student is reported to have a vaccine-preventable illness. If a student’s parents believe that they should not be vaccinated and send them to school, that student can pose as a danger to other students and to faculty. I believe that it is very important to respect the beliefs of others, but the well-being of the students and faculty is the most important in this situation.

10/12/2017
Sidney/MT
Ethan
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Schools cannot bar students from attending school if they have not been vaccinated. The school can only bar the students if they do not have a legitimate religious or medical reason. If the parents of the child have filled out the proper forms to release their child from having to be vaccinated, then the school cannot bar the student from attending school. If the parents have not filled out the proper forms to release their child from being vaccinated, then the school can bar the student from attending school. However, if there were to be a law passed that removed religious and illegitimate medical exemptions (exemptions used when it is unnecessary), the school would be able to bar any and all children that have not been vaccinated, unless they have a legitimate medical exemption.

10/12/2017
Sidney/MT
Lina Langwald
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Public schools should be allowed to keep unvaccinated kids out of their school. If the parents of that kid don’t want their kid vaccinated because of their religious belief then they can send their kid to a private school that shares their belief or homeschool them.

10/12/2017
Sidney/Montana
Avery
Mr. Faulhaber
Why wait for something bad to happen when you can do something to prevent it. I agree that people with certain health problems should be exempt but only if they will be sure to become ill. If all the other kids get the vaccine then that students chances of getting it are way lower. On another note, schools aren’t supposed to support religion over other religions or no religion over religion, so they should not allow exemptions to any one, because once you allow one excuse you will have to allow many excuses. The reason we can’t allow fear of autism to be an excuse is because it’s theoretically based, there is no real evidence supporting this thought, which is the same reason we don’t allow creationism to be taught in biology class.

10/12/2017
Sidney Montana
Connor
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I think the school should be able to bar anyone that they want to during an outbreak. It is not discriminating it is just protecting those children from a disease that could cause harm that would also if the child contracts the disease they will miss school anyways. If the disease has passed then the child should be able to come back to school. Either way the child will miss school barring them is just protecting other citizens and children that are part of the school district.

10/12/2017
Sidney / Montana
Aarica
Mr. Faulhaber / SHS
Any school should be allowed to bar children from school if they are unvaccinated. The safety of others always outweighs an individual's right to free exercise of religion. Many people don’t vaccinate for their own or religious reasons, but what happen when measles break out? One parents choice for their own child shouldn’t put the rest of the school in danger.

10/12/2017
Sidney, Montana
Kaitlin Michael
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think schools should be able to ban kids from coming to school if they are not vaccinated. Unvaccinated children pose health hazards because they can bring diseases to the school, which affects all of the other students. If parents do not wish to vaccinate their children, they can send them to a private school. The government’s ability to provide public safety to the children at public school is more important than the religious rights of philosophical beliefs because it involves the safety of other people’s children.

10/12/2017
Sidney/MT
AJ
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Unvaccinated children pose a serious health problem to other children in the school. On top of that, there is no scientific evidence that vaccines lead to autism. Public schools should definitely make each and every student get vaccinated.

10/11/2017
Sidney/MT
Ben
Mr. Faulhaber
I think schools should be allowed to bar unvaccinated students when a student is reported to have a vaccine-preventable illness because at that point, there is a pretty big risk of those unvaccinated. Those individuals can contract that same illness and possibly spread it uncontrollably, therefore making an inconvenience to all those who are ill. Personally, I think it is more important to prevent the spreading of an illness to a majority of students in a school and provide public safety rather than to satisfy an individual who may have an opinion (informed or uninformed) about particular vaccines. All students need to get a vaccination in order to prevent an outbreak that can potentially inhibit the educational process.

5/3/2017
Murrieta
Chandler
Jabro/MCA
In my opinion, schools should be allowed to bar children who aren't vaccinated during an outbreak because it presents a potential hazard to other children. Not being vaccinated can have serious effect, as said in the article. I don't personally think it's worth the risk of your child possibly dying because of your beliefs. These vaccinations were created to save children's lives if an outbreak were to occur again.

5/1/2017
Murrieta/ California
Jeshua scott
Mr.sabro/ MCA
Public schools should be allowed to bar students from entering the schools until they have been vaccinated because every year the risk of infection rises. With this if one student has high chances of getting infected he can spread it to other students and so on until a large amount of students have to be treated.

4/24/2017
murrieta
zoe maldonado
mr jabro MCA
I believe that it is more important for the government's ability to provide public safety and bann kids that are unvaccinated. Safety should always come first. Are they really willing to let one or two unvaccinated kids go to school and put the rest of the group in jeopardy? There's a reason why getting vaccinated is a requirement. It may go against some religions and beliefs but you have to think about the safety of your child.

3/12/2017
Canton, MI
Faith
Mr.Fite/Canton Prep
Yes, I think schools should be permitted to bar unvaccinated students when illness breaks out. In order to protect the health of other students, this is a necessary course of action. The purpose of school according to Adler is "the development of citizenship, personal growth or self-improvement, and occupational preparation" and overall, these purposes are threatened when illness breaks out. Those who reason that "I have never been vaccinated and haven't gotten sick" is the same logic as "I have never been killed, so therefore I cannot die". Barring unvaccinated students eliminates the possibility of any sort of heath dangers being present in the academic environment. Ultimately, it is simply logical that barring students is not only a smart, but precautionary measure that should be implemented within our education system today.

3/10/2017
Westland/Mi
Danielle
Fite/Canton Prep
I believe that schools should bar unvaccinated students for the sake of the health of all the children. This would help prevent the outbreak of many sicknesses.

3/10/2017
Canton, MI
Taliah Muhammad & Myles Reid
Mr.Fite at Canton Prep High School
I disagree with this issue because some parents are aware of the consequences of vaccinations; therefore, some parents do not want to permit their children to vaccination shots. A big consequence of vaccination shots can be mental diseases coming to the child at an early age. It is very expensive and stressful to have a child with a mental disability. I do understand that schools want to prevent illnesses from being spread around, but whether you get a vaccination shot or not you will still get sick a some point. I can say from personal experience that I have not received a vaccination shot, and I rarely get sick. It is the same thing among all 4 of my mother's children. We all have strong immune systems and healthy diets. We are perfectly fine at our ages in life. Vaccinations do not need to be required to attend school to receive the proper education for that child. Thank you. Have a nice day.

3/10/2017
Canton MI
Oliver
Mr. Fite / Canton Preparatory High School
I disagree because people still need education even though they have a risk of getting a deadly illness.

3/10/2017
Belleville
Pilirani/Majid
Mr. Fite/Canton Prep
I believe that students who aren't vaccinated are as entitled to public education as any other student, and therefore should be allowed to attend public schools. However, private and charter schools are within their rights to bar unvaccinated students if they desire to.

3/10/2017
Canton, MI
Giovanna
Mr. Fite / Canton Preparatory High School
I don't believe people who have not been vaccinated should be banned from going to school because I don't think parents who have a valid reason, personal or not personal, to not vaccinate their children should be forced to vaccinate them because their child is now being denied an education for it. Plenty of people who don't get vaccinations don't get sick, and plenty of people who do get vaccinations do get sick.

3/10/2017
Canton, MI
Porscha Levi
Mr.Fite
No, I do not think that school should be able to bar unvaccinated students when illness breaks out. There are many problems that can come out of vaccines. It should be a families choice about vaccinations. Also, if people are vaccinated then they should be safe from the illnesses.

3/10/2017
MI
Omar
Mr. Fite/ Canton Preparatory High School
Lets not take that risk! We should for sure vaccinate all of the children in school, lets not let diseases spread around when we can prevent. Vaccination can only have minor side affects.

3/10/2017
Canton, MI
Faith
Mr.Fite/Canton Prep
Yes, I think schools should be permitted to bar unvaccinated students when illness breaks out. In order to protect the health of other students, this is a necessary course of action. The purpose of school according to Adler is "the development of citizenship, personal growth or self-improvement, and occupational preparation" and overall, these purposes are threatened when illness breaks out. Those who reason that "I have never been vaccinated and haven't gotten sick" is the same logic as "I have never been killed, so therefore I cannot die". Barring unvaccinated students eliminates the possibility of any sort of heath dangers being present in the academic environment. Ultimately, it is simply logical that barring students is not only a smart, but precautionary measure that should be implemented within our education system today.

3/10/2017
Canton, MI
Porscha Levi
Mr.Fite
No, I do not think that school should be able to bar unvaccinated students when illness breaks out. There are many problems that can come out of vaccines. It should be a families choice about vaccinations. Also, if people are vaccinated then they should be safe from the illnesses.

3/10/2017
Belleville
Pilirani/Majid
Mr. Fite/Canton Prep
I believe that students who aren't vaccinated are as entitled to public education as any other student, and therefore should be allowed to attend public schools. However, private and charter schools are within their rights to bar unvaccinated students if they desire to.

3/10/2017
Canton, MI
Max
Mr. Fite/ Canton Preparatory High School
I do not believe that vaccines should be necessary for all children to have, as they can be dangerous and potentially dangerous to children with weaker immune systems.

3/10/2017
Canton, MI
Giovanna
Mr. Fite / Canton Preparatory High School
I don't believe people who have not been vaccinated should be banned from going to school because I don't think parents who have a valid reason, personal or not personal, to not vaccinate their children should be forced to vaccinate them because their child is now being denied an education for it. Plenty of people who don't get vaccinations don't get sick, and plenty of people who do get vaccinations do get sick.

3/10/2017
Canton/Mi
Paloma
Fite/Canton Prep
I believe that schools should be allowed to bar unvaccinated students. This is because they pose a very serious danger to the rest of the student population. Even though the rest of the students have had these vaccines, the doctors only vaccine them with the strain that is most likely. If the student that is unvaccinated becomes sick with a different strain, this will cause the rest of the student body to become very ill.

3/10/2017
Canton,Michigan
Lorre
Mr. Fite/Canton Preparatory
Being vaccinated should't matter in public schools. If a child is not vaccinated and gets a disease, it won't matter to the other kids who are vaccinated because they're already vaccinated. So what diffidence does it make if a child is or is not vaccinated ?

3/10/2017
Westland/Mi
Danielle
Fite/Canton Prep
I believe that schools should bar unvaccinated students for the sake of the health of all the children. This would help prevent the outbreak of many sicknesses.

3/10/2017
Canton/Michigan
Melody
Mr. Fite/Canton Preparatory High School
I think that kids should be vaccinated for some things, but if it is just extra shots that are not relevant to a person's life or if a child and/or family has medical or moral reasons not to, they should not have to have them.

3/10/2017
Canton/Michigan
Alex Cross
Mr. Fite/Canton Preparatory High School
I believe that students should be vaccinated in order to attend school because there is a chance that if they were allowed to go to school, they could be caring something. But also on the other hand parents should have the decision to choose whether to have their child vaccinated but if they decided no then there should be constant checks to unsure that the child is safe and not infected with anything.

3/10/2017
Canton/Michigan
Rachel
Fite/Canton Prep
I think that kids should be vaccinated for major health concerns. But, the minor concerns should be an opinion for the parent and the kid.

3/10/2017
Canton Mi
Vaibhav Hande
Mr. Fite/ Canton Preparatory High School
Yes, I believe that schools should be able to bar unvaccinated students from schools because we do not want a huge number of people getting sick from the outbreak.

3/10/2017
Canton, MI
Porscha Levi
Mr.Fite
No, I do not think that school should be able to bar unvaccinated students when illness breaks out. There are many problems that can come out of vaccines. It should be a families choice about vaccinations. Also, if people are vaccinated then they should be safe from the illnesses.

3/10/2017
Canton MI
jobanpreet Kaur
Canton Prep High School
I disagree with the issue because everyone has their own opinions towards this and some parents are aware of the problems that vaccination can cause. So again I think that there should be a choice.

3/10/2017
Canton/Michigan
Rachel
Fite/Canton Prep
I think that kids should be vaccinated for major health concerns. But, the minor concerns should be an opinion for the parent and the kid.

3/10/2017
MI
Omar
Mr. Fite/ Canton Preparatory High School
Lets not take that risk! We should for sure vaccinate all of the children in school, lets not let diseases spread around when we can prevent. Vaccination can only have minor side affects.

3/10/2017
Canton, MI
Mihye
Mr. Fite/Canton Prep
Every citizen have their right to get equal education opportunities whether they have been vaccinated or not. However, the government should provide vaccination program at schools so that children can get vaccinated and protect public safety even though they couldn't afford to visit the medical center.

3/10/2017
canton/ Michigan
Devin
Mr.Fite/ Canton Prep
I believe that schools should be allowed to bar not vaccinated students when a student is reported to have a vaccine-preventable illness. This is because I believe that if a student is not vaccinated they could just home school or get the vaccination. Public safety is more important then an opinion.

3/10/2017
Canton MI
Kyle
Mr. Fite/Canton Prep
I believe that it is only partly necessary like for example small pox should be vaccinated because it could be dangerous but like the flu shot should be optional because some people do not normally get flu shots

3/10/2017
Westland/Michigan
Kourtney
Mr. Fite/ Canton Preparatory High School
Yes, I believe that the school should be able to bar the students because if they dont have the vaccine they could get deathly ill and potentially die just because the parents didnt want to risk it.

3/10/2017
Canton Mi
Emma Decker
Mr. Fite/ Canton Prep
I disagree that kids who arent vaccinated should not be allowed to come to school because some kids physically cant get vaccines due to suppressed immune systems, and these kids should not get kept out of school, also, and this could be easily changed, some people may choose not to give their kids vaccines due to the fact that they test vaccines on aborted babies should not be kept out of school.

3/10/2017
Canton, MI
Taliah Muhammad & Myles Reid
Mr.Fite at Canton Prep High School
I disagree with this issue because some parents are aware of the consequences of vaccinations; therefore, some parents do not want to permit their children to vaccination shots. A big consequence of vaccination shots can be mental diseases coming to the child at an early age. It is very expensive and stressful to have a child with a mental disability. I do understand that schools want to prevent illnesses from being spread around, but whether you get a vaccination shot or not you will still get sick a some point. I can say from personal experience that I have not received a vaccination shot, and I rarely get sick. It is the same thing among all 4 of my mother's children. We all have strong immune systems and healthy diets. We are perfectly fine at our ages in life. Vaccinations do not need to be required to attend school to receive the proper education for that child. Thank you. Have a nice day.

3/10/2017
plymouth/ Michigan
Elise Garza
Robert Fite/ Canton Prep
I believe that schools should be allowed to bar unvaccinated students when a student is reported to have a vaccine-preventable illness. This is because I believe that if a student is unvaccinated they could just home school or get the vaccination. Public safety is more important then an opinion.

3/10/2017
Michigan
Nicholas
Mr. Fite
Schools should absolutely be able to deny access to students that have not been vaccinated. When religious rights tread upon the health of others, it is more important to take public safety into consideration first and foremost. In addition, not enforcing vaccinations could encourage more students to turn down vaccinations.

3/10/2017
Michigan
Parashar
Mr. Fite
I disagree because it is stupid.... I never took a flu vaccination and I NEVER got it and I feel opposed to inject a dead virus into my precis body.

3/10/2017
Canton/MI
Rachel
Fite/Canton Prep
Schools should be able to prevent a student from attending schools, if they are contagious. Children who can't be vaccinated are at risk of getting the disease if the contagious child attends school. While personal and religious reasons should be respected, the safety of our children should be a priority. Keeping the child back from school while sick keeps other children who didn't get vaccinated for religious, personal, or biological reasons from getting the disease.

3/10/2017
Canton/MI
Khushi
Mr.Fite/Cantonprep highschool
Students should not be told what shots to be put in to them. What if they have an allergy and can't get the shot even if they want to. Can they still go to school? I believe they should go to school, and if other students are worried about getting sick, then they should strengthen their own immunity.

3/10/2017
Westland, Michigan
brandon
Robert Fite/ Canton Prep
I believe that schools should be able to bar unvaccinated students from going to school during an outbreak of sickness. The safety of all of the kids at the school is more important than fearing of a kid being left out from a school. We should require kids to get certain vaccines before going to school so that we can stop certain illnesses from breaking out.

3/10/2017
Michigan/Canton
Manmit
Canton prep
I don't think students who don't get vaccinated should be kicked out, or not because it is unfair for people who can not afford it, and saying that if you don't have money, you can't get a good education.

3/10/2017
Michigan
Josie
Fite/Canton Prep
I think that the school should be able to bar unvaccinated students because they are putting themselves as as well as other students at risk. The health of the student body is far more important than any religious or philosophical or religious beliefs.

3/10/2017
Westland MI
Alison
Mr.Fite/Canton Preparatory High School
A vaccination should not determine a child's education. It is ones personal decision if they want to put that into their body; not the education system.

3/10/2017
Michigan/Canton
Manmit
Canton prep
I don't think students who don't get vaccinated should be kicked out, or not because it is unfair for people who can not afford it, and saying that if you don't have money, you can't get a good education.

3/10/2017
canton
savanna
fite
All students who attend a school where other kids attend need to vaccinated to create a safe place.

3/10/2017
Michigan
Dale
Mr. Fite
If you have a suppressed immune system and physically can't get vaccinations, then that can be an exception, but if you don't want vaccinations for ethical or religious beliefs, and then your kid gets sick, they shouldn't be allowed to go to school until that illness is passed. Especially if a kid is sick, goes to school, and then gets a kid with a suppressed immune system and then dies due to that disease, that's on the sick kid's parents for sending them to school, when they could have avoided it.

3/10/2017
Canton
JJ
Mr. Fite
I disagree because some families cannot afford the vaccination price.

3/10/2017
Michigan
Alexander
Mr. Fite/ Canton Prepatory
yes because if children die because some children weren't vaccinated, a whole tree of problems occur.

5/20/2016
Murrieta/CA
Nathaniel
Mr.Jabro/Creekside High School
I think that the school should be able to bar that student when that said student is said to have a vaccine preventable illness. The other students attending school's safety is way more important than a kid feeling left out because he was banned from the school. The governments ability to provide safety should outweigh the philosophical beliefs of parents.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg
Julia Delaney
Mr. Hanna stroudsburg jhs
I think that the school should not be allowed to bar the unvaccinated students because children who are vaccinated should not get the illness. Also if an unvaccinated student dose get a illness they would stay home. I think religious freedom is more important because you don't want the government telling you what to do.

1/5/2016
Sidney/Montana
Sierra
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe schools can bar unvaccinated students from going to school during an outbreak of an illness. It helps protect the majority of other students. The government can provide public safety while protecting the religious rights or philosophical beliefs of parents. By barring a student from going to school during these outbreaks the parents' child as well as the children at the school are being kept safe. There's nothing wrong with that. However, I personally believe not everyone thinks very clearly on how they think about vaccines. If someone does scientific research on vaccines and do not want to have their child take certain ones then that is their opinion. The parent should agree on having their student away from school if there is an outbreak of this disease. I strongly believe it is a parent's right to choose whether or not to vaccinate their children due to a bad personal experience. The parents should have a reasonable reason as to not to though instead of "I dont want too"

1/5/2016
Sidney, MT
Bryana Christensen
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I do believe that schools should be allowed to bar unvaccinated students from attending schools for the protection of other students. Unvaccinated children pose a potenitial health hazard to other students who may have not got the vaccination yet. In order to prevent these illnesses from spreading the schools need to make sure these students are getting the vaccination so a epidemic is not going around the school. Although, I do believe that it is important to respect the parents religious rights and philosophical beliefs, I think that the safety of the students is far more important than a "myth" that it causes health issues, harms children, and causes autism. The purpose of these vaccines is to protect everyone from illness.

1/5/2016
Sidney, MT
Mikayla
Mr. Faulhaber
There is a clear health hazard when parents don't vaccinate their kids. There is scientific proof that vaccines protect us from harmful diseases. I've also heard of kids in their older years (mainly 18 y/o) because they wanted to be vaccinated, but their parents wouldn't let them. Students who haven't been vaccinated should definitely be barred from school for it poses a threat to hundreds, even thousands of kids within the school. These are scientifically produced to prevent old illnesses from coming around again. It's a massive conspiracy that these vaccinations cause autism or other terminal diseases, and many believe it...but with no proven fact that they do so. They're just being ignorant. These are government-paid vaccinations as well, give or take a few others, so money can't be the issue.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, California
Victoria P1
Wong/ Lorbeer Middle School
In concern of all the students health it is better to bar unvaccinated students. We shouldn't risk the health of hundreds of students for a few children. There are religious rights but when those rights start harming other people we need to put a stop to it. My belief is that for the good of the public saftey, states should enforce vaccinate shots. In other countries children die for not getting vaccinated for certain diseases. For these reasons I believe schools should be allowed to bar unvaccinated students.

9/28/2015
Murrieta CA
Kameo
Mr. Jabro Creekside High School
I think that schools should be allowed to bar students for not having their proper vaccines. It is unhealthy and unsafe to not have your child vaccinated. Now, if he/she has a health problem linked with the vaccine, then there are other ways to be treated. It should be about your child's health not about what you think. The child can be missing school, visiting the hospital, and even face death, all because the parents didn't take care of the problem, which is known as whooping cough.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg,PA
Sarah
Mr. Hanna/SJHS
I think schools are allowed to bar students when they aren't vaccinated. When illness strikes, it will spread to everyone around them who wasn't vaccinated. When the students get the illness, they won't be going to school and missing out on education. This could cause a huge outbreak. Even though some parents don't agree with the vaccine, some states allow their kids to go to school. All students need to get vaccinations for school.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg,PA
Sarah
Mr. Hanna/SJHS
I think schools are allowed to bar students when they aren't vaccinated. When illness strikes, it will spread to everyone around them who wasn't vaccinated. When the students get the illness, they won't be going to school and missing out on education. This could cause a huge outbreak. Even though some parents don't agree with the vaccine, some states allow their kids to go to school. All students need to get vaccinations for school.

6/4/2015
stroudsburg/pa
ava
Hanna/sjhs
I think it is okay to bar students who haven't been vaccinated from public schools. the stubbornness of the parents should not have to result in the illness of other students, therefore it is not fair to others if a student who is let vaccinated comes to school, spreading the disease.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Jayden
Mr. Hanna sjhs
Yes because the virus could have come from that person. The more important thing is that nobody gets hurt from the virus. I think religious rights are more important that government policy

2/9/2015
Murrieta, CA
Aislynn
Mr. Jabro Creekside High School
I think it's ridiculous that parents believe autism is caused by vaccines. My family and I have been getting vaccines for everything every year since we were born. If someone has the flu, I can't afford to get it because my grandfather has a heart condition. If he gets the flu, it could kill him. I don't think kids should be allowed in schools without being vaccinated. If parents don't want to vaccinate their children then they can home school. It's not fair to put other youth in schools at risk of getting an illness because one person didn't get vaccinated. It isn't safe and it isn't clean. Parents not vaccinating coupled with so many unvaccinated immigrants coming into the country runs a high risk of foreign diseases coming in and infecting a lot of people. Young kids and the elderly are the ones that suffer the most in this circumstance because their immune systems are so weak. Schools ARE allowed to bar kids from schools if they aren't vaccinated for health and safety reasons.

12/9/2014
Birmingham/AL
Lee
Parker/Spain Park HS
I believe schools are allowed to prohibit sick, unvaccinated students from entering their doors. Students that are sick with the measles or whooping cough are a threat to other students and have the potential to threaten other students' health. Religious or not, the safety of young students is a schools priority and should do whatever to prevent children that refuse to be vaccinated from entering their school. Also, a parent's decision not to vaccinate a student with a vaccine-preventable disease is a violation of public safety requirements.

12/8/2014
Murrieta,CA
Vivian Cabral
Mr.Jabro/Creekside HS
I think schools should be allowed to bar students who haven't been vaccinated. My reason for this is because they are a threat to other students including staff members. For example, I have a very weak immune system so it is really easy for me to get sick. When I get sick because someone who was sick came to school the same day I did and I get sick. When I get sick i will be out for days maybe weeks and this effects my grades in school. So yes I agree to bar out students that haven't been vaccinated.

11/20/2014
Murrieta/California
Austin E.
Jabro/Creekside
I am 100% on the side of the school being able to bar out students that haven't been vaccinated. The reasoning behind this is simple. There are some diseases and illnesses that can kill people, and there are very easy to contract. A simple sneeze or cough and BOOM the whole sick is becoming sick and nobody knows why. Who would be at fault here, the school, or the parents? Some kids also can have a lowered immune system, like my brother who had cancer and because of the cemo-therapy his immune system lowered. Allowing him to become sick much easier. So in short, I think that a school should be able to take whatever measure is needed to protect the rest of their students.

11/17/2014
Murrieta CA
Elizabeth Padilla
Mr. Jabro/ Creekside High
I believe that this issue can go both ways. yes, if your child isnt vaccinated then they shouldnt be allowed to the school, it can cause the virus or disease to spread even more and harm others including yourself. but then again you cant just go throwing out kids because they dont have a certain vaccine, it just depends on whats going around at that time.

11/16/2014
Stroudsburg/ Pennsylvania
Karissa
Mr. Hannah/ Stroudsburg Junior High School
In my opinion schools should be able to bar unvaccinated students when a student is reported to have a vaccine-preventable illness. My opinion is directed toward this because it poses a threat to a varied number of students that had or will come in contact with that specified student. This is how epidemics start and/or pandemics. In majority, would you rather have one student that is proved symptomatic or the whole school and surrounding areas? Though I believe there should be no limitation to the process of one's learning. Which means that one would have to be supported with a form of communication and supplies with an instructor to further promote the use of education. According to the First Amendment, the right for religious freedom overrules the right of philosophical beliefs. Also, most of these beliefs do not have any study or evidence indicating to that very threat.

11/14/2014
Belleville/NY
Carly
Colby/BHCS
School's should be allowed to bar students from schools when they aren't vaccinated because it really is a safety issue. If parents don't want to vaccinate their child for religious reasons then the kids who are vaccinated shouldn't suffer. I hear a lot of people claim things like "Well if your kid is vaccinated then they should be safe from the disease even if my kid isn't vaccinated." But vaccines aren't 100% fool proof, they work with the bodies immune system creating white blood cells so that when the disease actually enters the immune system it can fight off the bacteria before it has a dire effect but that doesn't mean that it always works. Some kids are immuno-compromised and can't receive vaccines, which makes other parents responsible for trying everything they can to prevent the illnesses. I understand that for many people religion is important but freedom of religion means that you are free to practice any belief you wish and you won't be shunned for it, it also means that our government shouldn't have to rule in your favor because the government should be free of religion. Public safety should be every parents main concern because an epidemic of something like the measles or small pox will be absolutely devastating.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Dillon
Mr. Hanna SJHS
I think that schools reserve the right to ban students who have not received vaccines for illnesses that could be prevented. One unvaccinated person could possibly get the entire school or at least a large portion of students and faculty sick. Despite religious views, I think its is on the best interest of everyone in the district that this students stay home. It is the district's job to protect its students and keep everyone safe. They can't do that when there are students who are unvaccinated who could potentially harm others.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg , PA
Emma
mr. Hana / stroudsburg jhs
Schools should ban children that have not recieved their vaccine. They have every right. You can be dangerous to all the christen and/or teachers. You can get them Seriously sick. So I think It should be required to have your vaccine to come to school

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Joel
Mr Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think schools should be allowed to bar students who haven't been vaccinated. This is because these students pose a direct threat to everyone they come in contact with. Just one unvaccinated student getting a contagious illness that could be prevented through a vaccine could cause an outbreak that could close the school. There is no reason for that risk to be taken. Schools can't function well if the majority of students are home sick (or in extreme cases, dying of disease) and if a person doesn't wanted to be vaccinated they should be forced to find another school instead of putting others in harms way.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Taylor
Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do believe that under certain circumstances the government can ban an unvaccinated child from school. If there is a true, severe outbreak of a contagious disease, it is dangerous for the unvaccinated child to be in school because a) they can catch the disease and b) they can spread it. I think that religion is a valid reason to not vaccinate a child, and I do think the government has a right to exempt the child from being in school. But, maybe there is also a middle ground- maybe the school district could send a tutor or homeschooling supplies so the child doesn't miss out on education.

11/6/2014
Murrieta / CA
Raquell
Mr.Jabro / Creekside
I believe schools have every right to ban a child that has not received his or her vaccine. School is very important to everyone however if you have not gotten your vaccine you become a danger to other students. If there is a religious aspect going on with not getting your child vaccinated then that can be determined with the staff but the number one major thing we need to protect is our public and the children going to school with hundreds of other children and we always want them to be safe so I believe if you are not vaccinated you should not attend school until you are.

10/28/2014
Murrieta, CA
Justin Reed
Jabro /Creekside Highschool
I personally support the government on this one; students should not be allowed to attend any school if they have not been vaccinated, because it could potentially cause any given viral outbreak to become even worse, people could become extremely ill and die. Safety should be everyone's #1 priority; even if it violates their own religion. Would the parents seriously choose their own religion over their own child's life? Is that really worth it? I think not. Children first.

10/23/2014
Murrieta, CA
Ziona M
Mr. Jabro / Creekside
I personally do not think students that have not been vaccinated should go to school, until vaccinations are received, although school is required, i believe getting the vaccination is required, depending on it's severity of the sickness you could get Religion is a big part of daily life's, but i still don't think it should stop anyone from getting it, or they could possibly get very ill .

10/7/2014
murrieta CA
bianca
mr. jabro/creekside
Religion might be a huge part of life but i don't think it should stop others from getting vaccinated unless they want to get ill from the virus. In my belief, Schools do have every right to not accept unvaccinated children on their campus because they have a slight chance of spreading the virus or catching the virus 10x harsher than other kids getting vaccinated is to save people's lives not to go against anything else but the virus.

10/3/2014
Irving, TX
Mark
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that schools should have the right to refuse children who are unvaccinated. Not only does having an unvaccinated student in the school put the other students at risk, but all of the faculty as well. If we so stubborn that we advocate personal beliefs over the safety and well being of everyone else, then something is seriously wrong. Furthermore, while the government cannot criticize religious practices, if those practices are outing other citizens in danger, then they should not be permitted. Some religious acts found in other countries encourage many things that bring harm to others and would be considered illegal here, so why are we allowing it for this situation? Finally, there is no denial of education, as there are many other forms of education a child can receive such as home schooling.

10/3/2014
Irving Tx
Alejandro
Ms. Bradley Nimitz High School
I believe that the government should have full right to bar unvaccinated students from attending school in the middle of an outbreak. For one, it is a matter of public health, sending such a student is neglectful, both to the child's health and the health of other students. Secondly, the government is not attacking the 1st Amendment rights of the children. The schools themselves have no personal issue with whether or not the parents believe in vaccinating their children. What they do have an issue with is allowing an unvaccinated child to be infected by an easily preventable disease. You wouldn't send a soldier into a battlefield naked, so why would you send an unprotected child into a potential war zone for infections?

10/3/2014
Irving/Texas
Tyler
Ms. Bradley/Nimitz High School
"All men are endowed with certain unalienable rights, among these are the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Unfortunately today many people are confused about how these rights were intended to work. People complain: "my rights are being violated," "I have the right to...," and "the first amendment says:,"and yes, as Americans we have these rights. However, my rights as an American citizen stop where your rights begin, and your rights as an American stop where my rights begin. The schools, and the government for that matter, have every right to ban students who do not have an vaccination for a disease that they could be vaccinated for. Not as an infringement of their first amendment rights, or a violation of their freedom of religion, but because their lack of a vaccination poses a threat the the rest of population. They have the right to not take the vaccine. They do not have the right to get sick because of it and spread the germs and diseases that can threaten the lives and well beings of those around them. The first amendment right to freedom of religion gives them the right to not accept that vaccine, but everyone else has unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that could be infringed upon if someone's choice to go without a vaccination, a perfectly acceptable decision, was backed up under their first amendment rights. Essentially, my right to freedom of religion and not getting vaccinated poses a threat to your right to live.

10/3/2014
Irving/TX
Lee
Bradley/Nimitz
Right, so first lets clear some things up. My little cousins have autism. They were born with it. It is a brain disorder that develops in the genes of a person, not in the medicine they take, and autism and autistic people are not anything or any type of person to hate or fear anyways, as many ignorant and simple people are wont to do. A parent who refuses to vaccinate their child because they believe it will give their child autism knows absolutely nothing about autism and is most likely ableist. Second, and I cannot express exactly how infuriating this is, children who do not hold the same beliefs as your family should not have to suffer for your decisions. I know a couple whose child died from whooping cough. A baby. They hadn’t vaccinated the child yet, they intended to, but the baby caught it from an unvaccinated child. Maybe this is biased of me, considering I get vaccinated every year and I have a strong will to live, but I do not think its fair to put me and other students like me in a life-or-death situation for the sake of one family. It is entirely unfair and destructive to public safety.

10/3/2014
irving texas
Nancy
Bradley/Nimitz HS
In 7th grade i had been denied access into school for the 1st day. i was missing some vaccines, that was just a few months before the "swine flue" epidemic hit. And even though it had nothing to do with it i was glad i was ready for the cold and flu season i didn't mind, even though i am mortified of needles. Nevertheless, i agree with the decision of banning children school while they're not vaccinated. i don't believe its worth risking them to other children who are immune and might get in some kind of serious health problem.

10/3/2014
Irving/Texas
Kierria S.
Bradley/Nimitz
Schools should allow students to attend school even if they are not vaccinated. The main reason why I agree with this is because I think that there is no condition that should ban students or children from learning and improving our mind sets and environment. We are given the first amendment to exercise our rights of free religion, but by imposing certain rules by states we are being denied this opportunity. If we our given this right then we should be able to use it, otherwise it needs to be just taken out or adjusted.

10/3/2014
Irving TX
Katherine
Bradley Nimitz
I believe that schools should be able to bar unvaccinated students from attending school during an epidemic .Descreation

10/3/2014
Irving/TX
Hillary
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that it is more important for the government's ability to provide public safety and bann kids that are unvaccinated. Safety should always come first. Are they really willing to let one or two unvaccinated kids go to school and put the rest of the group in jeopardy? There's a reason why getting vaccinated is a requirement. It may go against some religions and beliefs but you have to think about the safety of your child.

10/3/2014
Irving/ Texas
Lidia
Bradley/ Nimitz
Important message here! I was not aware of the fact that this is becoming a problem in our society. But in this case I believe that as human beings we have the duty to try to prevent others to be harmed because of us. I am all for standing up for your religious beliefs but I think that if you are willing to do that you must also take into consideration that others don't believe the same way. I think that if you are not going to take the prevention that the governments requires then yes, you must see the consequences. I believe that the governments duty to protect the majority most definitely overrides the philosophical beliefs of certain individuals. You have to take in mind the good of the whole.

10/2/2014
Irving/Texas
Flor
Bradley/Nimitz
The schools do have the right to bar unvaccinated students when illness breaks out. However, I believe there could definitely be a better solution for this dilemma. Instead of schools being able to bar the students for a solution, they could better exclude or isolate the student by instructing him to take a few classes at home for now, online or whatever the parents feel necessary. The government is there to protect it’s citizens, and it would be doing so if it isolated the unvaccinated students in a different manner than this one. It seems too harsh, or, over the extreme. Maybe, maybe not. It might be justice. But at the end, it’s up to the parent(s)'s primary decision: “Will I allow my child to be vaccinated as required by law, or is there something not allowing me to want that for my child?” And although, the government should care for the other citizens, and it is very necessary to make sure that nobody else gets harmed or ill from the exposed child from the illness breakout, it could work out some other solutions to benefit the needs/beliefs of the family instead of choosing to bar the unvaccinated students. After all, the first amendment has to count for something if the family is against the vaccine because of religion, or any other special situation that prohibits the student from taking the required vaccine, right?

10/2/2014
Irving/TX
Gabriel M
Bradley/Nimitz
Although people believe that their childrens health, or their families religious values will be put at risk we should not allow students to go to school while unvaccinated. I believe that when students go to school unvaccinated that it will spread sickness to other unvaccinated and vaccinated students. Although we may be vaccinated diseases sometimes mutate to surpass the vaccination thus exposing our children. The government should take a stand and bann unvaccinated students from schools for the publics safety.

10/2/2014
Irving/TX
Colton
Bradley/Nimitz High School
Students who have not been vaccinated should be barred from public school systems. There are certain vaccinations that are required, like the Tuberculosis vaccine, in order to prevent outbreaks. With the argument that this would violate certain rights, students should at least minimally required to receive testing for certain diseases. Those who are vaccinated may have small immunity, but there is still the possibility to become infected with a disease. Disease is an environmental hazard that can be controlled for the most part. But if we don't require vaccinations for common diseases that exist here in the US, then that is just opening the door and asking a pathogen to enter into our presence.

10/2/2014
Irving/TX
Briana
Bradley/Nimitz
Students that have not been vaccinated should not be barred from admission in schools. Only the ill student with a vaccine-preventable diseases should be barred from school since they pose the greatest threat. Students that aren't` sick but are unvaccinated should be able to attend school. For those students that are not vaccinated, schools should send letters to the parents explaining the threat of their child getting sick. Then, the parents can decide to whether or not the student should go to school. The school is responsible for the well being of students but not to the extent to prevent them from going to school, that job should be the responsibility of the parents. Religious and philosophical beliefs of parents are more important than the government providing public safety, in the matter that the parents should decide how to take care of their children and the government can only do so much. Therefore, the parents decision is important but to protect other students only the ill student who isn't vaccinated should not be able attend to school as opposed to all the unvaccinated students if a warning of the children getting sick is sent to the parents.

10/2/2014
Irving/Tx
Carolyn
Ms. Bradley/Nimitz
Schools shouldn't be allowed to bar unvaccinated students from school. Receiving vaccinations is a choice parents and students make upon themselves, not the school or state government. Holding a student from school because they are not vaccinated is unfair for students, as they are being placed behind curriculum. If receiving a vaccination is a choice students and parents can make concerning their own health, why should this problem intervene in the sake of education? The government should not intervene unless mandated by supreme law to do so.

10/2/2014
Irving,TX
Claudia
Bradley/Nimitz
When it comes to school, I believe safety should be the main priority. Since many students and teachers are together under the same building for extended hours, the transmission of diseases could be at high risk. A child's health should always be taken seriously, and people should take any measures necessary to make sure children’s health are not at risk. Whether not all parents may not agree with the vaccination, at the end of the day, their child will be in a better state and more safe due to the medication that will protect their child against possible illnesses.

10/2/2014
Irving/TX
Marilynn
Ms.Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that schools should not bar unvaccinated students when illness breaks out. I think that if there is a problem of a sickness spreading, the school should come up with a plan that will benefit both unvaccinated and vaccinated students. For example, separating them in different classrooms, homeschooling, etc. Other than that, if the government is able to violate a person's right whether it be philosophical or religious on the basis that they are protecting the public, then they can use that same or any other reason to violate any of the other rights stated in the bill of rights. If an unvaccinated student does become sick, the school should not be held liable. I believe that there should be reasonable alternatives in which the government can protect the safety of the public and at the same time respect the rights of the people.

10/1/2014
Irving/Texas
Peyton
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that schools should be able to bar unvaccinated students from attending school because it is a safety hazard and if it goes overlooked, many people could be harmed because of something that is completely out of their control. The American people rely on the government to keep them safe and take certain precautions to avoid epidemics such as this and I feel the government has every right to make those decisions. It is unfair to all of those who are vaccinated to be put in danger by someone who thinks they are an exception to the rules or in this case, an exception to public safety. There is a reason that most schools require vaccinations, and that is to prevent outbreaks and epidemics, which makes it very evident that the schools only have the students best interests at heart and want to prevent these outbreaks as much as possible. Scientific studies show that there is no relation to vaccines and harmful things such as autism any religion that tells someone not to vaccinate their child is one that I personally do not agree with, so I firmly believe that schools should have the power to bar unvaccinated students.

10/1/2014
Irving,TX
Noemi
Bradley/ Nimitz High School
Schools have the right to bar its students who does not get vaccinated during a breakout of an illness. While it is important to protect our individual rights, we must not obstruct others personal rights. It is not the goal of the government to protect a specific citizen. The government's responsibility is to protect all of its citizens. However, other solutions could be executed instead of barring students, for example isolated education and online classes. The entire student body should be protected and the only way for a government to protect all of its citizens is to remove the potential health hazards from the school. However, the students who are endangering other students still have the right to get an education. Instead of completely ignoring the education for the unvaccinated children, the government should offer alternative educational opportunities so that the unvaccinated students still get an education while not harming other students.

10/1/2014
Irving, TX
Jonathan
Mrs. Bradley Nimitz High School
I believe that the schools don’t have the right to bar a student from school. This can hurt the student in many ways. One being that he or she will be behind in work, and will be held fully responsible for this even though he or she wasn’t permitted into the school building on their own accord. Another being the students rights, as said in the article, are being violated, but this means that the students parents and the student should take precautionary actions and also responsibility if anything happens to them. Now incase it is a serious outbreak it may be required and then the government may get involved to protect the citizens and not just a school. I can understand people not wanting to receive vaccinations, because I myself never really felt like they helped me. I haven’t received a vaccination for the flu since my 6th grade year and ever since I have been perfectly fine and healthy with no problems at all. But the one time I did that year, I got sick quickly and missed about a week of school. So to me the school should not bar any student because in the end they don’t take the responsibility and its the students fault.

10/1/2014
Irving,TX
Miguel
Bradley/Nimitz
Because unvaccinated students usually have a much weaker immune system, for their own health, they should be prohibited from going to school during an illness breakout. They will still be able to express their beliefs, not necessarily being forced to have their children vaccinated. And though it might hurt them academically, it is up to the parents to decide if their choice is better than the alternative. In the end, schools, for the well being some of the students, should prohibit them from entering the school during an illness breakout.

10/1/2014
Irving TX
Alex R
Ms.Bradley/Nimitz
I think schools should be able to bar unvaccinated students from attending school when there is an outbreak. The parents of the two children misunderstood the reasoning that their children were not allowed to go to school. They were not allowed because the school was trying to protect the students not forcing them to get a vaccine. I bet the parents would have felt really bad if they forced them to go and their children got extremely sick when the school was trying to protect them. And the religious rights and philosophical beliefs are important but they are not being tampered with. The student is just going home for their safety they can still complete their class work at home. I believe that the schools do have the right to provide public safety and it's not unconstitutional.

10/1/2014
Murrieta,CA
Cassandra Bedoya
Mr. Jabro/Creekside High School
I personally think that schools should not bar unvaccinated students when illness breaks out. It is not the schools choice whether to vaccinate students, its the students parents choice. Just like it says in the article, it breaks some of our rights included in the Bill of Rights. Parents should have full responsibility on whether their son/daughter should get vaccinated. Instead of not letting students attend their school, they should let them attend but have precautions with those unvaccinated students at their school. No schools should have the right to bar any unvaccinated student.

9/30/2014
Murrieta,Ca
Elena
Mr.Jabro/Creekside Highschool
I think schools have no right to vaccinate children at school. For one thing it is the parents job to vaccinate their child, the school shouldn't have to worry about the childs well being, that is up to the parent. Regardless of the potential hazard unvaccinated children might pose, the state requires children, in order to attend school, to get vaccinated so that they can prevent an outbreak of any serious illness. So no the schools should not have the right to bar unvaccinated children.

9/28/2014
Irving/TX
Jessica
Ms. Bradley/ Nimitz High School
I think that schools should not bar unvaccinated students when illness breaks out. Like mentioned in the article, it breaks some of their rights mentioned in the Bill of Rights. They all have a reason not to have their children vaccinated and should be respected for that. They have knowledge of what type of health problems they are getting their children into and should take full responsibility of it. So if they turn out seriously ill, they cannot sue the school. However, instead of not letting the students attended school, they should let them attend but have precautions with those unvaccinated students while attending. If they want to attend school, certain limits should be applied to them for their own safety.

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