Sensing schools might attempt to misapply the law regarding the exclusion of students with vaccine exemptions during times of declared emergency, last month TFVC proactively asked Rep. White to submit an Opinion Request to the Office of the Attorney General so the policy could be clarified.
On Tuesday, it was brought our attention that Kilgore College was the first offender of such a misapplication of the law (see screen shot from Tuesday). We are happy to report that since our post and action alert, Kilgore College has brought their policies back in line with the appropriate and historical application of the statute! We appreciate their prompt action (see screen shot from Thursday, and a statement from Kilgore College below)!
NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO RELAX!
While we might have won a small battle, the war is intensifying! Not only are we still waiting for a response from Attorney General Ken Paxton, but we anticipate more schools will attempt to take advantage of the vagueness of the statute’s wording by attempting to remove the medical rights of their students.
Our commitment to you remains. We will work around the clock to report and remediate violations of your right to informed consent, medical privacy and vaccine choice. We commit to use the full force of the legal system to force any school into compliance with the legislative intent of the law.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
1. BE OUR EYES AND EARS
Please let TFVC know immediately if your area schools attempt to refuse exemptions for the upcoming school year based on the declared emergency.
2. TAKE ACTION
If you have not yet submitted your email to the Attorney General, please do so today! We cannot allow any more schools to misapply the law!
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3. FUND THE FIGHT!
We cannot fight these legal battles on your behalf without the continued support of our monthly donors. No amount is too small to make a BIG impact for your rights!
Statement from Kilgore College:
“Kilgore College has been abiding by the public health emergency provisions of Texas Education Code 51.9192(d)(d-1) during the COVID-19 pandemic. After discussions at the state level, we have reinstituted the students’ ability to waive/conscientiously object to the admissions requirement of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccine. For more information, visit https://www.kilgore.edu/future-students/meningitis-vaccination”