A statement from Patty Sobelman, Head of School
Regarding: Recent articles published about Immunization Exemptions
Statement Date: 6/5/19
We were recently interviewed by the Community Impact Newspaper and the Houston Chronicle regarding our schools’ number of exemptions from vaccines for reasons of conscience. The recent articles by both papers correctly reflect the reality that in Texas parents do have the right to choose. Every school, public or private does, like the health services coordinator of Humble ISD stated, “…monitor but do not control”.
While the graph on the front cover of the Community Impact paper gives an accurate percentage, it does not tell an accurate story of why our number appears higher than other area schools.
What you are not seeing is what these numbers mean to our community.
Pines Montessori School
|Number of K-8 students in the sample||Number of exemptions||Percentage|
|Overall school enrollment||Number of exemptions||Percentage|
The two other private schools listed in the article have an enrollment that is 40%- 60% greater than ours. Reverse engineering their percentages and their posted enrollment, they have between 5-13 students with exemptions, very similar to our school. Doing the same for Humble ISD, it would make approximately 700 students currently enrolled with an exemption.
At Pines, our policy requires that 100% of our families declare and follow through on their intentions. Every family has their child 100% in compliance. If you choose immunizations then you must be 100% up to date on shots; and if you choose exemptions, then your form must be filed within or required time period.
90% of our students are 100% immunized. We want a community where everyone feels safe and appreciated for their values, especially our youngest children who cannot receive immunization due to their age. We love our school and every child within it.
*Read the Community Impact article for yourself –