Health Services

7th Grade Requirement : 
"Tdap" Immunization Booster

All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called "Tdap") for school in the fall. Your student will not be able to receive their class schedule without documented
 proof of Tdap booster. In order to meet the 7th grade requirement, the Tdap booster
needs to be have given after they have turned 7 years old.

This school immunization law affects all students in public and private schools.

Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from early childhood immunization for Pertussis disease wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible again to Pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against Pertussis. Click here for current  7th grade immunization requirements.

   Back to School             Information:

Illness/Injury:  If your child is ill or injured during school hours, he/she will be assessed by a School Nurse, LVN, Teacher or Office Staff.  You may not be contacted each time your child visits the school health office. In the event your child appears to have a serious illness/injury, every effort will be made to notify you.  Please be sure all phone numbers and health care information is kept current throughout the school year.

 Children with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, vomiting and/or diarrhea will be sent home. Please keep students home from school until they remain symptom free and fever-free (below 100.4 degrees) for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. 

 Children with other symptoms of a possibly communicable disease will also be sent home from school at the discretion of the school nurse or LVN.  If your child has been diagnosed with a possibly contagious illness, such as flu or strep throat, please notify the school nurse and keep your child at home until they are well enough to return to school.

 Lice:  Head lice are a common community problem. They are not dangerous and do not transmit disease.  The school nurse will notify parents/guardians of any student with live lice and recommend treatment to be completed that evening.  The student will not be sent home and may return to school the next day if they have received home treatment.  A letter will not be sent to other parents in that classroom. More information regarding lice and treatment can be found on the Orcutt Union School District website under Health Services.

 Food Allergies/Outside Food:  Many students have food allergies.  It is imperative that parents notify the school nurse and the child’s teacher of any food allergies as soon as possible.  In order to keep all students safe, we ask that parents DO NOT bring in outside food for classroom parties, unless you have checked with the teacher beforehand. A food allergy can turn into a potentially life-threatening situation. Parents are encouraged to consider books, pencils, or other non-food items for birthdays, parties, and end of year celebrations. 

Screenings:  All students in Kindergarten, Second, Fifth and Eighth grades, will have vision and hearing screenings performed during the school year.  If there is an abnormal finding, parents will be notified by letter. Please contact the school nurse if you have any concerns regarding your child and the screening process. First grade male students will also have color vision screening.

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Immunization Requirements:

Children entering transitional kindergarten or kindergarten must have the following immunizations:

  • 5 doses of DTaP (4 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday) (Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis)
  • 4 doses of Polio (3 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday) (OPV or IPV)
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of MMR -1st dose on or after 1st birthday (Measles, Mumps & Rubella)
  • 1  dose of Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Exemption from Required Immunizations: New Law went into effect January 1st, 2016

Senate Bill 277 - Immunization Exemptions

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015.

Effective January 2016, SB 277 will:

No longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in childcare and public and private schools. Medical exemptions will still be valid.

It does permit personal belief exemptions submitted before January 1st, 2016 to remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or 7th grade.

This new law applies to both private and public schools. 

The new immunization requirements do not apply to students in home–based private schools or students who are enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction. 

The language of SB 277 is available at:

The Governor’s signing message is available at:

 Immunization laws currently in effect may be found at

CDPH Early Alert: Immunization Regulations Changes for the 2019-2020 School Year

Changes to California school immunization requirement regulations will become effective starting July 1st, 2019.


Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, the changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Requiring 2 (rather than 1) doses of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine at

           Kindergarten entry

           7th grade advancement

            K-12 admission or transfer

  • Requiring 2 MMR doses and 3 Hepatitis B vaccine doses at admission or transfer more uniformly throughout K-12 (age restrictions are removed)
  • Medical exemptions for new admissions may be signed only by a California-licensed MD/DO
  • Each temporary medical exemption may be issued for no more than 12 months.