School nurses provide vital links between public and private resources and programs, they strengthen collaboration between schools and health and human services agencies, and support efforts to connect families to community-based programs that help meet student or family needs. School nurses provide mandatory health education, and health screenings.

District Health Services Council

The Health Services Council serves to provide a collaborative approach to the delivery of health services based on the sharing and dissemination of best health practices and current information affecting the school community. There is growing acknowledgment that students' health and emotional well-being directly affect their ability to learn and achieve academically. The Health Services Council focuses on the collaboration of health services, social services, staff wellness, and family and community support to improve children's health and remove barriers to learning.

Whooping cough (pertussis) update

Public Health officials recommend a pertussis booster shot for all individuals ages seven and older who are not fully immunized, including those over 64 years of age; women of childbearing age, before, during or immediately after pregnancy; and people who have contact with pregnant women or infants.

Important information for parents/guardians of 6th grade students

California requires that each student at every grade from Grades 7 through 12 provide proof of a Tdap booster shot against pertussis before starting the school year. Pertussis is highly infectious and is commonly known as whooping cough. It has become widespread in California. Schools will not be permitted to allow students to attend class next year until they provide proof of immunization against pertussis.

  • Can be met by receiving one dose of Tdap vaccine on or after the 10th birthday.
  • Applies to all public and private schools.
  • Does not affect students enrolled in summer school.

Keeping a Student Home

Our schools have students who are very susceptible to infection and viruses and have a reduced ability to fight off disease. This means that these children are more likely to contract viral and bacterial infections. Your help is needed to ensure that children who are ill are not sent to school.

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