The beginning of a new school year is always a busy time, but in the midst of the preparation flurry, parents need to make sure they schedule their children’s required physical exams and vaccines. This is especially important for parents of incoming kindergartners and seventh-graders.
The first day of school in the Davis Joint Unified School District is Wednesday, Aug. 27.
* Kindergarten physicals: By law, the Davis school district requires a physical examination for all kindergarten- or first-grade students new to the district. This physical must be completed no earlier than six months prior to the start of kindergarten. Parents/guardians who do not want their child to have the physical exam may sign a waiver form available for download on the district website.
* Vaccinations: The California School Immunization Law requires that children be up to date on their immunizations to attend school or child-care programs. Most children need booster shots before starting kindergarten and before seventh grade.
Schools, child-care centers and family child-care homes are required to enforce immunization requirements, to maintain immunization records of all children enrolled, and to submit reports to the Yolo County Health Department.
If parents choose not to vaccinate their children due to a medical condition, religious or personal beliefs, they must provide the Personal Beliefs Exemption Form signed by their primary care provider to their child’s school office.
* TDAP requirements for seventh-graders: In order to enter the seventh grade, each student must show proof of having received a TDAP vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) at or before school registration in August. School schedules will not be given out until proof of TDAP is received.
If families have personal beliefs opposed to vaccines, they must see a medical provider to complete the waiver form.