Private schools lead list of least-vaccinated SCV Kindergartens

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The state’s annual report on Kindergarten vaccination rates is out, and because some people never learn, several SCV schools are reporting dangerously high rates of parents refusing to vaccinate their children.

Four SCV Kindergartens report exemptions in that danger zone (over 8%) where herd immunity for measles and whooping cough is threatened. Two schools, Trinity and SCVi, were also on this list last year, and SCVi has been on this list for three years in a row. Here are the schools:

School (District), Personal Beliefs Exemption Rate
Trinity Classical Academy (Private), 14%
Legacy Christian Academy (Private ), 11%
SCVi (Hart – Charter), 9%
North Park (Saugus), 9%

Overall, SCV Kindergartens are showing that 92% of kids are up to date with their vaccinations, but 3% of kids are not vaccinated under what’s known as a Personal Belief Exemption (PBE) which means their parents refuse to get the vaccinations required for Kindergarten. That’s up slightly from last year (2.7%) but better than two years ago (4.6%).

This is the last year that parents of Kindergartners will be able to claim a PBE. Under a state law passed last year, all children in preschool, Kindergarten, and 7th grade will need to show proof of vaccination. Only medical exemptions will be allowed.

The full dataset can be found here. Reports on 7th grade and childcare/preschools are expected in the coming weeks.

Herd Immunity
Apart from the obvious risk to their own children, the decline in vaccinations it threatens the “herd immunity.” The herd immunity is when nearly everyone in a group is vaccinated, and it prevents outbreaks from occurring. Without it, there is a much higher risk of infection for unvaccinated schoolchildren, younger children, the elderly and anyone with compromised immune systems. This video explains it really well.

How much does an election cost? This much.

About one-tenth of two-fifths of the valley will be electing board members to the Hart school board on Tuesday, and it’s been the most colorful election in recent memory. For the benefit of the voting public, and in the interest of transparent elections, we’re posting the campaign finance disclosure forms for each candidate. I asked all four candidates for copies of their forms. Two responded (Taban and Mercado-Fortine) with their copies of their forms. The other two (Storli and Sturgeon) did not respond, so theirs came from someone who did a public records request with the County.

For now, these are posted without comment, except to say that these weren’t easy to come by, and that shouldn’t be the case. I really hope that our local agencies will take steps in the near future to make disclosure in elections readily available to the public online, or at the very least, in Santa Clarita. Currently, these forms only exist in paper form in Norwalk, which is basically Disneyland, with banker’s hours to boot.

Sorry. Pre-coffee and all. Here are the forms:

(Update: a few more forms have come in for Storli’s campaign.)

Area 1:

Gloria Mercado-Fortine (1st period, includes forms 460, 497s, and 460 amendment)
Gloria Mercado-Fortine (2nd period, includes forms 460 and 497s)

Linda Storli (1st period, form 460)
*New:Linda Storli (1st period, form 460 – premature filing)
*New: Linda Storli (Form 497)
Linda Storli (2nd period, form 460)
*New: Linda Storli (2nd period, form 460 amendment)

Area 4:

Steve Sturgeon (1st period, form 460)
Steve Sturgeon (2nd period, form 460)

Andrew Taban (1st period, form 460)
Andrew Taban (1st period, form 460 amendment)
Andrew Taban (2nd period, form 460)
Andrew Taban (Form 497s – all)