“Nine Ramapo yeshivas were fined a combined $70,200 for failing to provide student measles vaccination records, during an emotionally charged Board of Health meeting Wednesday.
All of the yeshivas are now in compliance with health officials regulations, under which they had to submit a weekly list of students who were not vaccinated against measles and a complete list of students with vaccination dates.
Schools with less than an 80 percent vaccination rate in Monsey, Spring Valley and New Square also were required to keep students home until after a 21-day incubation period.
The fines were brought against schools that failed to provide the required weekly lists. School officials earlier this week had met with hearing officers Stuart Lipkind and Charles Apotheker to negotiate the fines or plead their case.
The schools were ordered to submit the records during a measles outbreak in which there were currently 96 confirmed cases and three under investigation as of Wednesday, according to Rockland health officials.
More than 30 schools were ordered to provide weekly vaccination information to the county and two-thirds had immediately complied, officials said.
Here are the yeshivas and their civil penalties:
- Yeshiva Ohr Torah – $6,950
- Bais Chana Malka – $5,950
- The Skill Building Center – $5,750
- Yeshiva Tzoin Yosef Pupa (Boys) – $6,950
- Yeshiva Tzoin Yosef Pupa (Girls) – $6,950
- Ateres Bnos – $24,750
- Avir Yakov (Boys and girls) – $5,950
- Bnei Yakov Yosef – $6,950
County officials said the eight schools that signed stipulations prior to Wednesday’s meeting were given reduced fines equal to 10 percent of their original violation fee.”
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