In response to Thursday’s article about vaccination rates among local schoolchildren, the Davis Waldorf School wishes to state its position on immunizations.
The Waldorf schools around the world have focused on educating the whole child for nearly 100 years. With more than 1,000 schools across 93 countries, we have a unique and broad view of childhood development and education. Across our 146 schools in the United States, we see a broad range of successful, healthy, well-adjusted students graduate and become productive members of society, their community and their families. This is the Waldorf legacy.
Part of that legacy has to do with a strong partnership with parents — one that encourages them to be well informed and to make thoughtful decisions about their children’s education and school environment. As part of that, we encourage parents to consult their physicians to determine the best course of action relative to immunizations.
We respect parents’ decisions regarding immunization and health. While we follow the California reporting requirements on immunizations to the letter, we do leave the ultimate decision about whether to obtain immunizations to the parents. We do strictly enforce a stay-at-home policy for children who are sick.
Thank you for allowing us to present our perspective on this important issue.
Davis Waldorf School administrator