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Student Health Requirements

Health Screenings

Hearing and vision screenings will be provided as required by state law at the following levels:

  • Hearing and vision screenings will be provided as required by state law at the following levels:
  • Hearing screening for all students in grades K, 2, 5, 8;
  • Vision screening for grades K, 2, 5, 8; 
  • New students and students referred by parents or school personnel may also be screened.

Please note:

  1. “Vision to Learn,” a non-profit group that contracts with the District, will screen all grades in select schools.
  2. In these select schools, with parental consent, an optometrist will be available to examine children who fail their vision screen, and glasses may be provided needed.
  3. In these select schools, there is no cost for vision screens, vision examinations or for provision of glasses. Reimbursement for vision examination or eye glasses services may be sought through Medi-Cal or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, but lack of such insurance will not be a factor in receiving services.

Exclusions from Screenings: Contact your school nurse or principal each school year regarding excluding your child from any of these screenings.

Kindergarten Physical Exam

California’s Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program requires all school-aged children to have a physical exam on record with the school. San Di- ego Unified has made this a requirement for kindergarten. Please submit a copy of your child’s medical checkup to the school when you register for kindergarten or as soon as it is completed during kindergarten. You are encouraged to obtain this exam by kindergarten entry to ensure your child is healthy and ready to learn. Transitional kindergarten students who submit a physical exam will fulfill this requirement for kindergarten.

Parents or guardians needing assistance in meeting this requirement may call 619-692-8808. If a physical exam is against your personal beliefs, you must sign a CHDP waiver form at the school.

CHDP Exam Report (English & Spanish)

Kindergarten Dental Exam Screening (KOHA)

Effective January 1, 2007, a Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment (KOHA) by a licensed California dental health professional is required for children entering public school for the first time (at kindergarten or first grade). The KOHA must be completed and returned to the school by May 31 of that first school year. Assessments done 12 months prior to school entry also meet this requirement. Obtain the form from the school or your dental health provider to complete. Transitional kindergarten students who submit an oral health assessment will complete this requirement.

In select schools, licensed dental providers contracted with the District will provide Oral Health Assessments for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students who have not yet met the KOHA requirement. There is no cost for these assessments. Parents or guardians should contact the school in writing if they do not want their child to participate in this KOHA at school.

Parents or guardians may sign a waiver of this requirement, opt out of the KOHA requirement by signing the waiver found on the KOHA form available at the school. There is no penalty or exclusion if this requirement is not met. Parents/guardians can call 619-692-8808 for help in finding a provider for the KOHA.

Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment Report (English & Spanish)

Interscholastic Sports Physical Exam

An annual physical examination is required for all secondary students who participate in interscholastic athletic programs.

The coach or school nurse may arrange for health screenings at school. Complete physical exams by a personal physician are recommended.

In addition, the district recommends that new students submit reports of recent physical exams when they enter school. A parent/guardian may file a written, signed statement with the school principal stating that the parent or guardian will not consent to a physical examination of the child.

Health Instruction

Health instruction in areas such as nutrition, dental health, disease process, safe living, vision and hearing, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, community health, physical fitness, mental-emotional health, human reproduction, and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS, is part of the school curriculum.

Prior to instruction, parents have opportunities to preview instructional and audio-visual materials dealing with comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education. A student may be excused from instruction related to comprehensive sexual education and HIV prevention education, and assessments related to that education by written request from the parent or guardian.