• IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL ENTRY

     

    A child enrolling for the first time in in public school must present documentation from a health care provider certifying that he/she has received all immunizations required for his/her age or grade level as specified by the California Department of Public Health.

     

    Students admitted at ages 4-6 years need the following immunizations in order to enter public school:

     

    Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP or DT)

     

    5 doses (4 okay if one was given after 4th birthday

     

    Polio (OPV or IPV)

     

    4 doses (3 okay if one was given after 4th birthday

     

    Hepatitis B

     

    3 doses

     

    Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)

     

    2 doses (both given after 1st birthday)

     

    Varicella (Chickenpox)

     

    1 dose (or proof of the disease)

     

     

    Students admitted at ages 7-17 years need the following immunizations in order to enter public school:

     

    Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP or DT)

     

    4 doses (3 okay if one was given after 2nd birthday

     

    Polio (OPV or IPV)

     

    4 doses (3 okay if one was given after 2nd birthday

     

    Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)

     

    1 dose (2 doses required at 7th grade)

     

    Varicella (Chickenpox)

     

    1 dose (if admitted at 7-12 years)

    2 doses (if admitted at 13-17 years)

     


    In addition to meeting the requirements for ages 7-17 above, students entering the 7th grade must show proof of the following:

     

    Tetanus, Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (Tdap)

     

    1 dose (prior to the start of 7th grade)

     

    Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)

     

    2 doses

     

     

    A child who has not been immunized in accordance with the above schedule will NOT be admitted to public school with the following exceptions:

     

    MEDICAL EXEMPTION:  Pursuant to SB 277, after January 1, 2016, the Personal Beliefs Exemption (PBE) is no longer available for first-time entry into public school.   In addition, Personal Beliefs Exemptions on file for current students will remain in force only until the child enters the 7th grade, at which time it is no longer valid. After January 1, 2016, the parent/guardian must provide a written statement by a licensed physician stating that the child’s medical circumstances are such that immunization is not considered safe.  The statement must include the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition or circumstances.  The exemption may be temporary or permanent, and must be on file with the district prior to the first day of school.  More information on medical exemptions can be found here: http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/sb277faq/#Q17A

     

    CONDITIONAL ADMISSION:  The district may conditionally admit a student with documentation from a health care provider that the child has not received all immunizations required for his/her age group but has commenced receiving doses of all required vaccines and is not due for any doses at the time of admission OR the student has a temporary medical exemption, in which case the student must resume vaccinations once the temporary medical condition has resolved.  The district nurse will review the child’s immunization every 30 days until all required vaccines are received.  If your child does not receive the immunizations within specified time limits, he/she may be excluded from school.  More information on conditional admission immunization schedules can be found here: http://eziz.org/assets/docs/IMM-1080.pdf#page=5

     

    Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about immunizations.

     

    Nancy Nakae, R.N.

    Mill Valley School District Nurse

    415-515-9201

    nnakae@mvschools.org

     

    PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT

    The state of California requires that by 90 days of first grade entry all students must have either a document signed by a doctor stating that the child has had a physical exam for school or have a waiver signed by the parent refusing the physical exam due to personal beliefs.  This exam must not be performed any earlier than March 1st of the student's kindergarten year (18 months prior to first grade entry).   We strongly recommend that the physical be completed prior to kindergarten entry when your child is receiving his/her required immunizations.  

    Physical exams may be available at little or no cost.  To determine if your child is eligible, contact the California Health Disability Prevention Program (CHDP) office at (415)473-4269.