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New vaccine law impacting student enrollment

The new school year is just three weeks away, but some schools are finding they will have fewer students.

A state law that eliminates a religious exemption to vaccine mandates for schoolchildren has led some parents to choose different options for their kids’ education.

The legislation was signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June when there was an outbreak of measles.

Locally, religious exemptions to vaccines aren’t rare. Monroe County has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in students with religious exemptions in a five-year period. At last count in the 2017-18 school year, more than 800 students in public schools had a religious exemption on file.

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