Deadline for unvaccinated students arrives in New York schools

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This is the week unvaccinated students will no longer be allowed in schools, although the deadlines differ by district.

The state Legislature voted to get rid of religious exemptions back in June following a statewide measles outbreak. School superintendents say it is a tricky situation, but they are required to follow the law.

There are several lawsuits currently pending. Parents of children who are not vaccinated are hoping a judge will grant an emergency measure to allow their kids back in school while the cases work their way through the court system.

The Webber family, of Carle Place, sent both of their young girls to school this morning, but they had to be picked up quickly.

"I'm upset. I'm anxious. I'm overwhelmed. But at the same time I'm motivated and determined to fight this because it is completely wrong," said Maxine Webber.

Brian Webber called it a “governmental overstep.”

News 12 reported last week from Nassau University Medical Center where Nassau Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein said, "immunization saves lives."

"We practice evidence-based medicine," he said. "It's the evidence of thousands of studies done over and over again that establishes the standards of care."

In the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, Superintendent Dr. Lorna Lewis says they had about 65 students affected by the change in religious exemptions. That number is now down to about 20.

“We're not looking for drama… we have to find a way to solve the problem,” she says.

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