Health Services

Back to School 
New Back To School Guidelines for 2020/2021

  • Parents or caregivers should doing a symptom/ health check every morning prior to sending their children to school.
  • Students who are sick should not attend school in-person.
    • Fever of 100.4 or higher/ chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • If someone experiences symptoms while at school, they will be sent home.
  • Masks are required for all staff and students 3rd grade and above. Younger students should be encouraged to wear masks.
Dog mask
  • 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 100.4 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.

  • llness/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.

Per California Department of Public Health: All immunizations are still required for school, even for distance learning
COVID-19 Update:
CDPH is closely following the rate of
immunization during the pandemic.
Immunization requirements for admission
to school or child care in California for
the 2020-2021 school year remain in
place for now.

Parents’ Guide to Immunizations Required for School Entry Spanish Chinese Russian

New 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. 

  •  Starting July 1, 2019, a parent or guardian must submit a signed, written statement from a physician (MD or DO) licensed in California which states:
    • The specific nature of the physical condition or medical circumstance of the child for which a licensed physician does not recommend immunization.
    • Each specific required vaccine that is being exempted.
    • Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary.
    • If the exemption is temporary, an expiration date no more than 12 calendar months from the date of signing.
  •  7th Grade Requirement : "Tdap" Immunization Booster

All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade Fall of 2020 will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough
 booster immunization (called "Tdap") for school in the fall. They will also need to have documentation of 2 doses of Varicella vaccine or a Medical Exemption from a California MD/DO stating student has had chicken pox and is permanently exempted. Your student will not be able to receive their class schedule without documented proof of these vaccines.  In order to meet the 7th grade requirement, the Tdap booster 
needs to be have given after they have turned 7 years old.

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. 



 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 item for birthdays, parties, and end of year celebrations.