Response to the New York Post Article

measlesIn response to the New York Post’s “Opinion & Ideas” article, License to Ill, on Sunday, February 1, 2015, the Rudolf Steiner School stands by the information that was provided to New York Post reporter Amber Jamieson when we met with her on Thursday, January 29.

The statistic that the Post cited (“only 76% of students have been fully vaccinated”) is not only unattributed to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, but their reporting is biased and contains erroneous information. We pointedly informed Ms. Jamieson that we conducted an audit of the school’s immunization and health records with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in December 2014.  In that audit, the Rudolf Steiner School was determined to be 98% in compliance with New York City and New York State Immunization Laws.

The Rudolf Steiner School does all it can do to ensure the safety and health of the children in our school by requiring parents to immunize their children based on New York State standards.  We follow a rigorous policy regarding vaccine-preventable diseases.  Not attributing an anchor statistic, and in fact highlighting that erroneous statistic in a photo caption, leads readers to draw incorrect conclusions about our health requirements.