Through the promotion of physical, mental, and social growth, school nurses work to maximize the achievement and well-being of students. As the primary health care provider within the educational environment, the school nurse shares in the responsibility of directing growth towards the achievement of each student's maximum potential, both as a student and as a member of the community.
If you have questions please contact Sandra Jaimez Gutierrez, Health Services Administrative Assistant (650) 833-4240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
These new laws will apply to any student entering Kindergarten or 7th Grade in the fall of 2016.
(SB 277) Effective in 2016
Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 277 on June 30, 2015. Starting in 2016, SB 277:
- Will no longer permit immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in child care and public and private schools;
- Will permit personal belief exemptions filed at a school or child care facility before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a pupil reaches kindergarten or 7th grade;
- Will remove immunization requirements for:
- Students in home-based private schools
- Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction
- Access to special education and related services specified in an individualized education program
Only a medical exemption can be accepted and this has to be signed exclusively by a California licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.)
A parent or guardian must submit a written statement from a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) which states:
- That the physical condition or medical circumstances of the child are such that the required immunization(s) is not indicated.
- Which vaccines are being exempted.
- Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary.
- The expiration date, if the exemption is temporary.
- Student name and date of birth.
- Physician signature and clinic stamp.
Once this expiration date has occurred, the child may continue in attendance only after the school or child-care center receives documentation of the immunizations now due.
The State of California and Santa Clara County require all students to fulfill a number of health requirements before they can enter school.
- Health Examination for School Entry (CHDP Report)
- California law requires a health examination on school entry
- Immunizations Required for School Entry
- To enter into public and private schools, children under age 18 must have these immunizations
- TB Risk Assessment for School Entry
- Santa Clara County Schools, Santa Clara County Public Health Department
- Oral Health Assessment
- A dental check-up is required by May 31st of a student's first year in a California public school
Located inside some CVS & Walgreens Pharmacies
May View Community Health Centers
270 Grant Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Call for Clinic Hours: 650-327-8717
100 Moffett Boulevard #101
Mountain View, CA 94043
Call for Clinic Hours: 650-695-3323
Mountain View RotaCare Free Clinic
(650) 988-8203 or (650) 988-7763
1174 Castro Street, Suite 150
(Castro Commons Professional Building)
Mountain View, CA 94043
Call for Clinic Hours
- Bring your child's Immunization Record.
- Free health care is offered to adults and children who do not have insurance, Medi-Cal, or Medicare. Call for Clinic Hours First come, first served.
Mobile Health Van of Redwood City
Call for times, dates and locations
Ravenswood Family Health Center
1798-A Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94301
Call for Clinic Hours
If your child has a chronic health condition, asthma, seizures, or severe allergies (anaphylactic reaction), the health office at each school can help keep your child safe and healthy by completing the appropriate forms and returning the forms to your school office before school starts. This will help us prepare to care for your child. Please make sure that you ALWAYS keep your emergency card up to date.
If your child has diabetes please contact the Health Services Office at (650) 833-4240 to setup your child's Diabetes protocol.
The medical treatment of students is the responsibility of parents and physicians. Medications are rarely given in school. We strongly urge you and your physician to develop a medication schedule that falls outside of school hours. However, we will consider assisting the administering of medication in special or serious cases.
The administration of medication is both a medical and legal process. Before medication can be administered, a student's parent/guardian and physician must provide written documentation of their permission and directions:
You will need to complete and return the Administration of Medications Form to your school office.
Physicians must write a note detailing the method, amount, reason, and time schedule for administering medication.
Parents/guardians must submit a note indicating their desire for PAUSD to assist their child, as directed in the physician's statement.
- Your child's school will keep an accurate written record documenting that the medication was administered in the prescribed amount at the prescribed time.
For additional information, please download our parent letter, School Medication Administration.
- Talking With Children
- What Not To Say
- Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Schools
- Mental Health Resources List
- A Few Thoughts for Teachers and Parents
- Grief and Mourning in Children and Teens
- 10 Basic Principles of Grieving for Children and Teens
- Ways to Support Children in Coping with Trauma and Loss
- PAUSD School Counseling Services
- Project Safety Net Resource List
- Mental Health Resilience Resources
- HEARD Alliance - Health Care Alliance for Response to Adolescent Depression
- "Resilience and Coping in Teens: The Roles of Parents, School staff, Peers and Doctors"
- JED Foundation Article: Protecting Your Child's Mental Health: What Can Parents Do?
- Helpful Hints for Parents on How to Successfully Talk with Teens
- What Parents Might Notice
- Comforting a Grieving Individual
- Ways to Support Children in Coping with Trauma or Loss
- Tips for Talking with a Depressed Teen
- NAMI - Santa Clara County Mental Health Resources List 1
- NAMI - Santa Clara County Mental Health Resources List 2
- Local Hotlines, Clinics, and Websites
Articles from the School Nurse:
- Allergies and Anaphylaxis Awareness
- Let's Have A Heart-healthy Valentine's Day
- Resources to Help You and Your Family Stay Healthy this Season
- The Flu
- To Go To School or Not?
- Information on Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Diabetes Awareness
- Sun Safety and Back to School Medications and Health Conditions
- Transitioning from 5th Grade to Middle School
- Transitioning from Middle School to High School
- Transitioning from High School to College
Palo Alto Unified School District Resources:
- Meal Plans
- Safe and Welcoming Schools Committee
- Counseling Services
- Special Education
- Student Connectedness
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- California Project Lean
- CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
- CDC's The Flu: A Guide for Parents
- LPCH Center for Adolescent Health
- PAMF Preeteen Health Talk
- Project Cornerstone - Developmental Assets & Positive Youth Development
- Project Safety Net - City of Palo Alto Suicide Prevention
- UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
- UCSF National Adolescent Health Information Center
The District Nurses and other professionals conduct screenings at school sites.
- Vision (grades K, 2, 5, 8, Young Fives, and Special Education initial and triennial evaluations)
- Hearing (grades K, 2, 5, 8, and Special Education initial and triennial evaluations)
Health insurance for the current school year can be purchased through the District for a nominal fee. The purchase is optional. Information regarding health insurance will be sent out during the summer months. If you are interested in purchasing student accident and sickness insurance, please contact your school office.