Schools in Costa Rica - Vaccination Requirements? Truancy Laws? Homeschooling?

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In another thread, a poster asked, Hi! My family is considering a move to Costa Rica.  Does anyone know what the laws are regarding schools and vaccines?  Can we live there, become citizens and still educate our children at home?  If our children are not enrolled in school - can they remain without vaccination?

I'm not an expert on this, but for starters I think the rules are different for Tico (Costa Rican born) kids versus foreign nationals.  The C.R. bureaucracy takes a keen interest from a formal perspective in all sorts of requirements like proof of past schooling and vaccination, which would be more the case for enrolling in public schools than private schools I think... if you're paying, or off the radar, you probably have the most control.  Of course, it's often possible to get "proof" of something without the actual "something"...

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Nicaragua's attitude is so different from Costa Rica's. Costa Rica loves its children, reveres them, tons 'o money is spent on education (no army) and they boast a 95% literacy rate. There is almost no child abuse here and family is everything. In Nicaragua, most kids don't go to school. Alcoholism is rampant and domestic violence common. Never has it been more clear to me that education is the key. I'm grateful my children saw this up close and personal. Poverty is not pretty.

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