COVID-19 Protocols for TK-12 School Settings in Santa Barbara County:
*updated 1/07/2022 in coordination with Santa Barbara County Public Health
*close contact is defined within 6 feet from someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more within a 24-hours period
**current CDPH K12 school guidance does not yet make clear whether “fully vaccinated” includes a booster vaccine for students. Per the CDC, vaccinations are considered effective 14 days after the second dose (or first dose if J&J).***currently, “fully vaccinated” for employees is defined by Cal/OSHA as 14 days after the second dose (or first dose if Johnson & Johnson). Effective January 14, having a booster vaccination, once eligible for one (per Table 4 of the Cal/OSHA FAQs) will be required by Cal/OSHA for employees to be considered fully vaccinated
No Shots? No Records? No School.
State law requires that all students under age 18 years, TK through grade 12, be immunized against certain diseases unless they are exempt for medical reasons. At the time of registration, the school is required to have proof that your child has received all currently due immunizations.
Check with your pediatrician, family physician or medical clinic to make sure your child is fully immunized. Your child may be excluded from attending school if these requirements are not met. Click this link to see a table which explains what immunizations are due at what age – Required Immunizations – English or Required Immunizations – Spanish
Ready for 7th Grade?
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.
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.
The upcoming 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
Mandated Hearing and Vision Screenings
California law (EC 49452, EC 49455, 17 CCR 2951) and district policy (AR 5141.3) require all students in Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 1th grades (hearing only) as well as students upon first enrollment in a California public school shall receive vision and hearing screenings performed by the School Nurse or other authorized person 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.
Kindergarten Oral Health Exam Requirement
California law (EC 49452.8) requires children entering kindergarten or first grade, whichever is the child’s first year in public school, have an oral health exam and present a certificate signed by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional by May 31 of that school year. Oral health assessments that occurred within 12 months prior to school entry meet this requirement. If the child does not receive this exam, the parent must file a waiver stating the reason the certificate was not obtained.
First Grade Health Examination Requirement
California law (HS 124040, 124045, 124085) and district regulation (AR 5141.3) require that parents of each child enrolling in first grade provide verification signed by a physician, that the child received a physical examination between 18 months before to 90 days after first grade entry. If a child does not receive this exam, the parent must provide the district with a waiver stating reasons the child did not receive a physical, or the child may be sent home if the parent fails to provide this verification.
Examinations may be available at no cost through the Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program.
You can download the CHDP exam form here: Report of Health Examination Form. It is also available through the local CHDP program, schools, and provider offices.
FAQs about First Grade Health Examination Requirements and Procedures for provider and school personnel are found in the CDPH School Handbook
Head Lice Information
Head lice is a nuisance. Prevention is key! Teach your student to avoid head to head contact, including not sharing combs, brushes, hats, scarves, head bands, helmets, and pillows. And as the saying goes, “Once a week, take a peek!” This simply means once a week, parents, take a look at your student’s scalp, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for evidence of lice or nits.
Lice Lessons – National Association of School Nurses (Lice Lessons is an educational initiative focused on dispelling common head lice misperceptions, providing information about the value of engaging healthcare professionals and building awareness of new treatment options.)
Medication Administration at School
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.
Health Office Staff
Kathryn A, RN
Rose A, LVN
Michelle J, LVN
Laci J, LVN
Kristina U, LVN