Health Assessments

Oral Health Assessment

As of January 2007, California law (Education Code Section 49452.8) now requires that a child entering kindergarten (or 1st grade if they did not attend kindergarten) have an oral health (dental) assessment by May 31 of their kindergarten school year. The law specifies that the assessment must be performed by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional. Oral health assessments that have happened within the 12 months before your child enters school also meet this requirement. Click here to access the Oral Health Assessment form, or contact the school health office.


To protect the health of children, California law requires a physical health examination to be completed sometime during the 18 months prior to entering first grade. This requirement is often referred to as the CHDP physical (Child Health & Disability Prevention).

Obtaining a physical examination before entering kindergarten, when immunization boosters are needed, provides an opportunity to take care of both requirements at the same time. The CHDP program at the local health department provides free medical examinations to lower-income families. Click here to access the CHDP form, or contact the school health office to obtain the form.

Health Screenings

As required by the Education Code, health screening is provided for students for:
  • vision
  • hearing
  • scoliosis 
The screenings are conducted in accord with the standards established by the State Department of Education and are under the supervision of the school nurse. Please notify the school nurse in writing if you do not wish to consent to screening examinations of your child.


Skin Infections

Media attention has focused on the spread of skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA), especially among school children. MRSA is resistant to all penicillins. Most skin infections, regardless of cause, can be easily treated if identified in a timely manner.

To obtain more information on MRSA and how to prevent infections, click here to access a printable information flyer.
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