When can a student return to school after illness?
- If a student has a fever of 100.4 or greater, the student must be fever free without fever reducing agents for 24 hours.
- If a student has diarrhea or vomiting, regardless of whether they have a fever, they must be free of diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours.
- If a student has any other symptoms, students may return when their symptoms improve.
It is NOT required that students have a negative COVID test to return to school if they have a symptom that has been associated with COVID 19.
Persons Who Test Positive for COVID-19
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms.
No Shots? No Records? No School.
|Grade||Number of Doses Required of Each Immunization|
|K -12 Admission||4 Polio 5 DTaP 3 Hep B 2 MMR 2 Varicella|
|(7th – 12th)||1 Tdap|
|7th Grade Advancement||1 Tdap|
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
California Digital Vaccine Records
Get a digital copy of your child’s vaccine record. Just enter a few details below to get a link to your COVID-19 Vaccine Record with a QR code or your California Immunization Record. Save it on your phone and use it as proof of vaccination wherever you go.
If you are a parent or guardian and have multiple vaccine records associated with a single cell phone number or email address, enter each Digital Vaccine Record request separately.
Note: It is possible that some or all vaccine doses you received were not reported to the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), and therefore your Digital Vaccine Record may not be complete. Historically, only COVID-19 vaccinations were required to be reported to CAIR and effective January 1, 2023, all vaccines are required to be reported.
If you received your vaccinations from a federal agency (e.g., Department of Defense, Indian Health Services, or Veterans Affairs), you may need to contact those agencies for assistance with your vaccination record.
If you have questions about your vaccination record, visit our FAQ.
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 given after they have turned 7 years old.
Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against Pertussis. Click here for current 7th grade immunization requirements.
Requiring 2 doses of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine at: 7th grade advancement
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 11th 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.
Medi‑Cal Dental Program
The Medi‑Cal Dental Program provides free or low‑cost dental services to children and adults who receive Medi‑Cal, California’s Medicaid program. To find a Medi-Cal dentist, click here.
The best way to keep your child’s gums and teeth healthy is to take him or her to regular dental visits every 6 months. These 2x per year visits are covered in your child’s Medi‑Cal dental plan.
The Medi-Cal Dental Program provides the following free or low-cost services for kids:
- Dental exams (every 6 months)
- Teeth cleaning (every 6 months)
- Fluoride varnish (every 6 months)
- Molar sealants
- Root canals
- Tooth removal
- Emergency services
- Outpatient services
- Sedation (if medically necessary)
Protect Your Child Against Cavities With Molar Sealants
Children start to lose their baby teeth as early as five years old. This is when their permanent teeth begin to grow in. You can protect your child’s back teeth (their molars) from cavities with sealants. Molar sealants are clear, protective coatings and are quick and painless. This is not the same as fluoride varnish, which is a pale-yellow gel. Sealants are a part of your child’s Medi‑Cal dental benefit and can protect your child’s back teeth for several years!
For more information, visit Smile California.
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.
Medication Administration at School
The California Education Code states that any student who is required to take medication prescribed by a physician during the regular school day, may be assisted by the school nurse or other designated school personnel if the district receives: (1.) a written statement from the physician detailing the method, amount and time schedules that the medication is to be taken and (2.) a written statement from the student’s parent/guardian authorizing the school district to administer the medication. (E.C. 49422, 49423)
Procedures and appropriate use of prescription and non-prescription medicine
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