Student Health Requirements
Health Screenings: Vision, Hearing, and Scoliosis:
A Parent/Guardian may annually file a written statement with the principal withholding consent to the physical examination screenings of his/her child. (EC 49451).
Hearing Screening: Students shall have their hearing tested by qualified personnel authorized by the district in grades TK, kindergarten, 2, 5, 8, new to California, and teacher referral. (October-January) (EC 49452, EC 49454)
Vision Screening: Students shall have their vision tested by qualified personnel authorized by the district in grades TK, kindergarten, 2, 5, 8, new to California, and teacher referral. For male students in second grade, their color vision will be tested once. (October-January) (EC 49452, EC 49454)
Scoliosis Screening: Each female student in grade 7 and each male student in grade 8 will be screened for scoliosis. This screening shall comply with California Department of Education standards and shall be performed by qualified personnel as specified in law (March) (EC 49452.5). Suspended for the 2023-24 school year.
If you DO NOT WANT your child to receive any or all of the screenings provided free of charge during the school year, please send a signed note to your child's school, addressed to the Health Office. Please include your child's grade and specific screening (hearing, vision, scoliosis) you do not want. A "DO NOT SCREEN" note from the parent/guardian is needed each school year. (EC 49451)
Required Health Exams
The district verifies that each student has complied with the legal requirement for a California Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP), an Oral Health Assessment, and an Athletic Sports Team Physical (if participating in organized competitive sports at school).
CHDP: California law (Health and Safety Code 124085) requires evidence of a comprehensive health screening completed on a form developed by the California Department of Health Services (DHS), 18 months prior to entry into first grade or within 90 days thereafter. For the CHDP form. Please return the completed form to your child's school.
The law allows for the school district to exclude from school, for not more than five school days, any first grade student who does not present prior of a health screening or a signed waiver (Health and Safety Code 124105).
This health exam may help detect or correct a health condition before it becomes a health problem, thus enhancing your child’s public school experience.
For information regarding FREE CHDP health exams and Ventura County CHDP Medical Providers and Clinics, visit the Ventura County Public Health Department CHDP.
TK/Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment: California law (Education Code Section 49452.8) states your child must have a dental check-up by May 31 of his/her first year in public school. A California licensed dental professional operating within their scope of practice must perform the check-up and fill out Section 2 of the form. If your child had a dental check-up in the 12 months before he/she starts school, ask your dentist to fill out Section 2. If you are unable to get a dental check-up for your child, fill out Section 3. This form is required to be filled out. Please make sure it is completed and returned to your child's school. Dental Oral Health Assessment Form. Please return the completed form to your child's school.
Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, more common than both asthma and obesity, affecting nearly two-thirds of California’s children by the time they reach third grade. Dental decay is easily preventable. However, it is also a progressive infection that does not heal without treatment. Remember, your child is not healthy and ready for school if he or she has poor dental health.
For information regarding Oral Health Family Resources, visit the Ventura County Public Health Department Oral Health Program.
Athletic Sport Teams Physical: All students who participate as athletes in organized competitive sport shall first undergo a medical examination and submit documentation of medical clearance to the district. Upon sustaining an injury or serious illness, a student may be required to have another examination before participating further. This requirement does not apply to participants in occasional playday or field day activities.
All applicable forms are signed and returned by the athlete and the athlete's parents or guardian annually before the athlete's initiating try-out, practice, or competition. Return all eight (8) completed forms to your student's school office or team coach.
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