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Important Health Information

Medication at School

In order for any medication (even Tylenol, cough drops, etc.) to be dispensed at school, an Administration of Medicine form signed by both the physician and parent must be on file in the school office. A new Administration of Medicine form is required each school year.

  • Parent Notification for the Administration of Medicine at School
  • Parent/Guardian and Physician Request for Medication

Health Information

Immunization Requirements

State law requires the following Immunizations before a child may attend school: California K-12 Required Immunizations

  1. All new students to GES must provide proof of polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella immunizations.
  2. In addition, for all kindergarten students and first graders new to the district, proof must be provided of vaccination against hepatitis B.
  3. In addition, for all kindergarten students, proof must be provided of vaccination against chicken pox or physician documented disease history or immunity.
  4. In addition, for all seventh grade students, proof is required of a hepatitis B series and a second measles, mumps and rubella vaccination.
  5. GES requires tuberculosis screening (which may include a TB skin test or physician statement of freedom from symptoms) as a requirement for entry into preschool or before first school entry.

Information about a permanent medical exemption from immunizations for your student is available at schools.

IMMUNIZATION EXEMPTION: NEW LAW AB2109 EFFECTIVE 1/1/14

AB 2109, Pan. Communicable disease: immunization exemption.
Existing law prohibits the governing authority of a school or other institution from unconditionally admitting any person as a pupil of any private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center, unless prior to his or her first admission to that institution he or she has been fully immunized against various diseases, as specified.
Existing law exempts a person from the above-described immunization requirement if the parent or guardian or other specified persons file with the governing authority a letter or affidavit stating that the immunization is contrary to his or her beliefs.
This bill would instead require this letter or affidavit to document which required immunizations have been given and which have not been given on the basis that they are contrary to the parent or guardian’s or other specified person’s beliefs. The bill would require, on and after January 1, 2014, the letter or affidavit to be accompanied by a form prescribed by the State Department of Public Health that includes a signed attestation from a health care practitioner, as defined, that indicates that the health care practitioner provided the parent or guardian of the person, the adult who has assumed responsibility for the care and custody of the person, or the person, if an emancipated minor, who is subject to the immunization requirements with information regarding the benefits and risks of the immunization and the health risks of specified communicable diseases. The bill would require the form to include a written statement by the parent, guardian, other specified persons, or person, if an emancipated minor, that indicates that he or she received the information from the health care practitioner.
See SECTION 1. of Section 120365 of the Health and Safety Code

Medications

California State Law states that medication may not be dispensed by school personnel without a physician's order. Occasionally a student under medical care may continue to attend school. In these special cases, school personnel may administer medication when the parents provide the school with a Physician's Authorization for the Administration of Medicine by School Personnel/Parent Release for the Administration of Medicine form which includes name(s) of the medication, dosage, time(s) and duration that the medication is to be given to the student.

Physician's instructions must be renewed each year. Any changes in medication, amount, or means of administering require new physician's instructions.

The "Physician's' Authorization for the Administration of Medicine by School Personnel" and the "Parent Release for the Administration of Medicine" forms are available in the office.

When a child’s physician prescribes medication to be taken during school hours, state law requires that the physician state the dosage and related information on the appropriate school district form, which is available in all school offices. Parent are required to sign a release allowing school personnel to dispense medication. For additional information on medication issues, please see sections of the California Education Code in the parental notifications handout.

An information sheet about medication administration, illness and communicable diseases is distributed in all student registration packets, and is available by contacting the Main Office or click on PDF document below.

  • General Health/Illness Information

1st Grade Health Check UP

A health checkup (physical examination) is required for all children entering first grade. The district encourages parents to obtain the exam prior to or during the child’s kindergarten year. Parents can pick up the appropriate form at any school to be filled out by a physician.

K & 1 Oral Health Requirment for School Entry

An oral health assessment is required for children entering kindergarten or first grade. The parent/guardian must submit proof of an oral health assessment performed by a licensed dentist by May 31st of the first sch

An oral health assessment is required for children entering kindergarten or first grade. The parent/guardian must submit proof of an oral health assessment performed by a licensed dentist by May 31st of the first school year. (Ed Code 49452.8) The goal of this program is to establish a regular source of dental care for every child. The program will identify children who need further examination and dental treatment. Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease and is easily preventable. Dental decay affects nearly two-thirds of California’s children by the time they reach third grade. This new law is intended to raise parents’ awareness of the importance of oral health to overall health and readiness to learn.

Type 2 Diabetes Information

Pursuant to California Education Code Section 49452.7, this type 2 diabetes information is for local educational
agencies to provide to parents and guardians of incoming seventh grade students beginning July 1, 2010.
The California Department of Education developed this type 2 diabetes information in collaboration with the California
Department of Public Health, American Diabetes Association, California School Nurses Organization, and Children’s
Hospital.