A. Documentary proof is not required for a pupil to be admitted to school if one of the following occurs:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 15-873

  • Documentary proof: means written evidence that a pupil has been immunized or has laboratory evidence of immunity that conforms with the standards promulgated pursuant to section 15-872. See Arizona Laws 15-871
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Immunization: means the process of inoculation with a specific antigen to promote antibody formation in the body. See Arizona Laws 15-871
  • Local health department: means a local health department established pursuant to title 36, chapter 1, article 4. See Arizona Laws 15-871
  • Parent: means the natural or adoptive parent of a child or a person who has custody of a child. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Physician: means a person licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 13, 17 or 29 or a person licensed to practice allopathic or osteopathic medicine under the laws of another state or country. See Arizona Laws 15-871
  • Pupil: means a person who is eligible to receive instruction at a school and includes pre-kindergarten age children receiving either services for children with disabilities or day care on a school campus otherwise exempt from day care rules pursuant to section 36-884. See Arizona Laws 15-871
  • School: means a public, private or parochial school that offers instruction at any level or grade through twelfth grade, except for day care facilities regulated pursuant to title 36, chapter 7. See Arizona Laws 15-871
  • School administrator: means the principal or person having general daily control and supervision of the school or that person's designee. See Arizona Laws 15-871

1. The parent or guardian of the pupil submits a signed statement to the school administrator stating that the parent or guardian has received information about immunizations provided by the department of health services and understands the risks and benefits of immunizations and the potential risks of nonimmunization and that due to personal beliefs, the parent or guardian does not consent to the immunization of the pupil.

2. The school administrator receives written certification that is signed by the parent or guardian and by a physician or a registered nurse practitioner, that states that one or more of the required immunizations may be detrimental to the pupil’s health and that indicates the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition or circumstance that precludes immunization.

B. An exemption pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 2 is only valid during the duration of the circumstance or condition that precludes immunization.

C. Pupils who lack documentary proof of immunization shall not attend school during outbreak periods of communicable immunization-preventable diseases as determined by the department of health services or local health department. The department of health services or local health department shall transmit notice of this determination to the school administrator responsible for the exclusion of the pupils.