Health Services

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Immunization Requirements for 2018/2019

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)

 Immunization Regulations Changes for the 2019-2020 School Year

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


Starting July 1, 2019
Students Admitted at TK/K-12 Need:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, or Td) — 5 doses 
    (4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday. 3 doses OK if one was given on or after 7th birthday.)
    For 7th-12th graders, at least 1 dose of pertussis-containing vaccine is required on or after 7th birthday. 

  • Polio (OPV or IPV) — 4 doses 
    (3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday) 

  • Hepatitis B — 3 doses 

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) — 2 doses 

  • (Both given on or after 1st birthday) 

  • Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 doses 

 These immunization requirements also apply to students entering transitional kindergarten. 

California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Parents must show their child's Immunization Record as proof of immunization. 

  • 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.

 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 documentedproof 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 the School Nurse, Health Assistant
 (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 will be sent home immediately. 
 Please keep students home from school until they remain fever-free (below 100 degrees) for
24 hours
without fever-reducing medication.  They also need to stay home if they have
vomiting and/or diarrhea and need to be symptom free 24 hours prior to returning to school.

 Children with other symptoms of a possible communicable disease will also be sent home from school
 at the discretion of the school nurse, health assistant or office staff.
If your child has been diagnosed with a possible contagious illness, such as flu or strep throat, please notify the school office.

 Lice:  Head lice are a common community problem. They are not dangerous and do not transmit disease. 
 The school staff will notify parents/guardians of any student with live lice and recommend treatment 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.