New bill could make school vaccination rates more accessible

Texas House Bill 2249 would require every public school in the state to report the number of kids not getting vaccinated. It would not reveal the names of the children that have been exempted.

SAN ANTONIO - Texas House Bill 2249, introduced by Republican Rep. J.D. Sheffield of Gatesville, would require schools to report the number of vaccination exemptions to the state.

Right now, that information is only available by district. The bill would only require schools to report the number of kids with exemptions, not their names.

Some parents believe it's their right to know exactly how many kids are not getting those vaccinations.

"As a parent, my concern is that my child is in a safe environment, a healthy environment. So if they go to school with a high percentage of non-vaccinated kids, the risk of them contracting an infectious disease is higher," said Cherise Rohr-Allegrini with the Immunization Partnership.

Parents who believe that vaccinations should be a choice fear that the bill would make their children a target of bullying. 

Texans for Vaccine Choice said in a statement:

"House Bill 2249...unjustly targets children utilizing vaccine exemptions by focusing only on the number of students utilizing the exemption while ignoring several other campus level health factors. This creates an incomplete and unclear picture of the actual health of a campus. It is our position that each and every child in Texas deserves to attend school with full and complete medical privacy, ensuring schools remain safe and free from bullying and harassment based on immunization status."

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, in the 2015-2016 school year, more than 44,000 kids in Texas had a conscientious exemption from getting vaccinated. That's up from around 2,000 kids back in 2003.

Below is a list of schools and school districts in Bexar County, how many children are not vaccinated, and what percentage of the student population that number represents.

BEXAR ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD 82 1.73%
BEXAR Antonian College Preparatory High School 0 0.00%
BEXAR BASIS SAN ANTONIO 19 1.46%
BEXAR BELIEVERS ACADEMY                        10 5.81%
BEXAR BEXAR COUNTY ACADEMY 0 0.00%
BEXAR Blessed Hope Academy                     0 0.00%
BEXAR BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH SCHOOL          0 0.00%
BEXAR BROOKS ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERIN 5 0.28%
BEXAR Buckner Fanning Christian School         7 5.19%
BEXAR CARPE DIEM SCHOOLS 0 0.00%
BEXAR Castle Hills First Baptist School        8 2.08%
BEXAR CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCH                0 0.00%
BEXAR Christian Academy of San Antonio         7 1.53%
BEXAR Concordia Lutheran School San Antonio    2 0.59%
BEXAR CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL             43 4.10%
BEXAR EAST CENTRAL ISD 45 0.46%
BEXAR EDGEWOOD ISD 10 0.10%
BEXAR ELEANOR KOLITZ HEBREW LANGUAGE ACADEMY 13 4.64%
BEXAR FIRST BAPTIST ACADEMY                    5 1.43%
BEXAR FT SAM HOUSTON ISD 14 0.88%
BEXAR GATEWAY (STUDENT ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM INC 0 0.00%
BEXAR GEORGE GERVIN ACADEMY 0 0.00%
BEXAR GREAT HEARTS ACADEMY - SAN ANTONIO 148 7.36%
BEXAR HARLANDALE ISD 14 0.10%
BEXAR Harmony School of Innovation - San Antonio 0 0.00%
BEXAR HARMONY SCIENCE ACAD (SAN ANTONIO) 2 1.90%
BEXAR HEALY-MURPHY H S                         0 0.00%
BEXAR HENRY FORD ACADEMY ALAMEDA SCHOOL FOR AR 0 0.00%
BEXAR Holy Cross of San Antonio                0 0.00%
BEXAR HOLY NAME SCH                            2 0.89%
BEXAR HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC SCH                 0 0.00%
BEXAR JOHN H WOOD JR PUBLIC CHARTER DISTRICT 11 1.36%
BEXAR JUBILEE ACADEMIC CENTER 77 1.76%
BEXAR JUDSON ISD 74 0.32%
BEXAR Keystone School                          0 0.00%
BEXAR KIPP ASPIRE ACADEMY 7 0.29%
BEXAR LACKLAND ISD 2 0.23%
BEXAR LIGHTHOUSE CHARTER SCHOOL 2 0.70%
BEXAR LITTLE FLOWER CATHOLIC SCH               0 0.00%
BEXAR Lutheran High School San Antonio         3 2.59%
BEXAR MT SACRED HEART SCH                      0 0.00%
BEXAR NEW FRONTIERS CHARTER SCHOOL 4 0.57%
BEXAR NORTH EAST ISD 657 0.97%
BEXAR NORTHSIDE ISD 846 0.81%
BEXAR POR VIDA ACADEMY 0 0.00%
BEXAR POSITIVE SOLUTIONS CHARTER SCHOOL 0 0.00%
BEXAR PROVIDENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL 0 0.00%
BEXAR RADIANCE ACADEMY OF LEARNING 14 2.88%
BEXAR RANDOLPH FIELD ISD 9 0.67%
BEXAR River City Christian School              2 2.50%
BEXAR Rolling Hills Catholic School            0 0.00%
BEXAR San Antonio Christian Elementary School  21 2.10%
BEXAR San Antonio Country Day School           5 4.59%
BEXAR SAN ANTONIO ISD 80 0.17%
BEXAR SCENIC HILLS SDA SCH                     0 0.00%
BEXAR SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION 1 0.11%
BEXAR SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 1 0.14%
BEXAR SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CORPUS 1 0.14%
BEXAR SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DISCOVE 6 1.35%
BEXAR SHEKINAH RADIANCE ACADEMY 14 2.88%
BEXAR Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School Sa 4 1.67%
BEXAR SOMERSET ISD 8 0.20%
BEXAR SOUTH SAN ANTONIO ISD 1 0.01%
BEXAR SOUTHSIDE ISD 23 0.42%
BEXAR SOUTHWEST ISD 31 0.23%
BEXAR SOUTHWEST PREPARATORY SCHOOL 5 0.59%
BEXAR ST ANTHONY CATHOLIC HIGH SCH             3 0.77%
BEXAR ST ANTHONY CATHOLIC SCH                  0 0.00%
BEXAR ST GERARD CATHOLIC HIGH SCH              0 0.00%
BEXAR ST GREGORY THE GREAT CATHOLIC SCH        0 0.00%
BEXAR ST JAMES THE APOSTLE SCH                 0 0.00%
BEXAR ST JOHN BERCHMANS SCH                    0 0.00%
BEXAR ST JOHN BOSCO SCH                        0 0.00%
BEXAR ST LEO THE GREAT CATHOLIC SCH            0 0.00%
BEXAR ST LUKE'S CATHOLIC SCH                   0 0.00%
BEXAR ST MARGARET MARY'S SCH                   0 0.00%
BEXAR ST MARY MAGDALEN CATHOLIC SCH            0 0.00%
BEXAR ST MARY S HALL                           0 0.00%
BEXAR ST MATTHEW CATHOLIC SCH                  0 0.00%
BEXAR ST MONICA CATHOLIC SCH                   0 0.00%
BEXAR ST PAUL CATHOLIC SCH                     3 1.39%
BEXAR ST PETER PRINCE OF APOSTLES SCH          0 0.00%
BEXAR ST THOMAS MORE SCH                       0 0.00%
BEXAR St. George Episcopal School              5 1.05%
BEXAR St. Luke's Episcopal School              2 0.68%
BEXAR St. Thomas Episcopal School              2 1.24%
BEXAR Sunshine Cottage                         2 2.53%
BEXAR The Atonement Academy                    1 0.20%
BEXAR The Montessori School of San Antonio     7 2.79%
BEXAR The Winston School San Antonio           1 0.49%
BEXAR TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas      3 0.64%
BEXAR Trinity Christian Academy San Antonio    0 0.00%

 

 

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