Student Health and Wellness
Your child’s health impacts his/her ability to attend school and reach his/her full academic potential. In order for Albany Unified School District to provide a safe and healthy environment for your child, we need to be informed of any health or medication needs on an ongoing basis. All related paperwork for the health requirements listed below can be obtained from your child’s school secretary or by clicking on the related links below.
Administration of Medication
Students who need to take medication (prescribed or over-the-counter) during the school day may be assisted by designated school personnel or allowed to self-administer certain medication as long as it is in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulations. An AUSD Medication Authorization Form must be signed by a student’s parent and physician in order for school staff to administer medications, both prescription and over the counter, on site.
- Medication Authorization forms must be renewed each year.
- Medications must be clearly labeled with the student’s name, date, instructions for administration and the physician’s name.
- All medications must be in their original containers.
- Please remember to pick up your child’s medications from the office before the last day of school.
- Get ready for the new school year: If you see your physician over the summer, have him/her sign a medication authorization form for medications that your child requires while at school. AUSD Medical Authorization Form
Special Care Plans
Students with conditions requiring special care during their school day must have a care plan on file to guide designated school personnel in procedures required for the student’s health and safety. The district can provide forms for plans for asthma, seizures and severe food allergies, to be completed by the student’s medical provider on at least an annual basis and as the child’s care needs change.
If your child is in need of minor first aid, it will be administered in accordance with District first aid training. If medical attention appears to be necessary, but not required immediately, the parent/guardian or other listed emergency contacts will be contacted to pick the child up. Should immediate medical attention be necessary, the school will call an ambulance. Every effort will be made to contact the parent or other emergency contact person(s).
Dismissal Due to Illness
A child may be sent home early from school if s/he is ill, or appears to be suffering from an infectious or contagious disease. Parents/ guardians or emergency contacts listed will be contacted to pick up the child.
If a student is found with active, adult head lice, he/she shall be treated at home. The parent/guardian of the student shall receive information about recommended treatment procedures and sources of further information.
Immunizations and Other Health Requirements
To be admitted to school, children must be fully immunized in accordance with the law (California Health and Safety Code, Sections 120325-120375 and effective July 1, 2019, California Code of Regulations Title 17 Division 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter 8). Children shall be excluded from school or exempted from immunization requirements only as allowed by law.
California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Parents must show their child’s Immunization Record as proof of immunization.
- Haemophilus Influenza (Hib) children under 5 years old
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
- Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Hepatitis B
- Varicella (chickenpox) 2 doses or physician documented varicella disease meets requirement for kindergarten entry
- 7th – 12th Grade Students: all entering students must provide proof of a pertussis-containing vaccine (whooping cough) booster (e.g. Tdap) on or after their 7th birthday in addition to the immunizations listed above.
Alameda Department of Public Health—Immunization Phone Line (510) 267-3230
Need a vaccine? Visit the Alameda County Clinic.
School Entry Health Exam Requirement and Oral Health Assessment
Children enrolling in first grade are required to complete a health assessment 18 months before or up to 90 days after enrolling in first grade.
- The certificate “Report of Health Examination for School Entry” is available through the local CHDP program, schools, and provider offices.
- Children must have a dental check-up by May 31 of his/her first year in public school: Oral Health Assessment/Waiver Request Form
Health screenings in schools
- State mandated Vision screening occurs at your child’s school in Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th and 8th grade.
- State mandated Hearing screening occurs at your child’s school in Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th and 8th.
- Dental screening resources are provided by Alameda County. See below for contact information.
School-Linked Health Services Program
There may be times when families or the District have concerns about a child’s health or safety at school. The District’s partnership with the County of Alameda School Linked Health Services program can assist school families with resources and referrals for a variety of health-related issues. These include health/dental insurance, health care providers, consultation on health-related issues, and health education workshops for students, families and staff. Call Alameda Department of Public Health at (510) 267-3230 for more information.
Should My Child Stay Home From School?
Parents frequently have questions about when it is appropriate to stay home from school because of illness. Here are some guidelines to help with your decision.
- If your child feels ill enough that he/she would not be able to benefit from school.
- If having your child at school would significantly put others at risk for contracting your child’s illness
- If your child has/had a fever in the past 24 hours
What do we know about the correlation between health and academic achievement?
Good health is a reliable predictor of academic achievement. That is why the Albany Unified School District works closely with the County of Alameda Public Health Department to provide access to health services for children and youth. The 2020 Vision (link) is working toward the goal of good health for all of Albany’s children.
For more information on the correlation between health and academics, visit this link with information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Student and Family Privacy Rights
Board Policy mandates that personal information concerning students and their families should be kept private in accordance with the law. Parents have the right to exempt their children from participating in (a) surveys that request personal information, and/or (b) physical exams or screenings.
Health Information Sheets
- Type 1 Diabetes Information Sheet: Type 1 Diabetes Information - Health Services & School Nursing (CA Dept of Education)
- Type 2 Diabetes Information Sheet: Type 2 Diabetes Information - Health Services & School Nursing (CA Dept of Education)
In accordance with Education Code 59452.6 information regarding Type 1 Diabetes, including risk factors is required to be provided to every incoming family. For questions or concerns related to Type 1 Diabetes, please contact:
Alameda County Public Health Department
7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 202
Oakland, CA 94605
For more information on school-age illnesses, please click on the information sheets below from the County of Alameda Public Health Department.