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Health Services & School Nursing – Health (CA Dept of Education)

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Health Services & School Nursing

Information and resources concerning meeting students’ health-related needs at school.

Asthma Management Guidelines
Asthma is a leading cause of school absenteeism. The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) guidelines and Asthma Action Plan for Schools and Families assist schools in effectively managing this chronic disease.

Diabetes Management
Information to assist schools in effectively managing diabetes, one of the most common chronic diseases in school-aged children.

Emergency First Aid Guidelines for California Schools Manual (PDF; 2MB; Revised 2013)
Provides recommended guidelines, procedures, and first aid measures for response to medical problems when advanced medically trained personnel are not available on a school site, as well as serving as a guideline for licensed health care personnel.

Flu Prevention
Information for controlling the outbreak of the flu in schools, including information on pandemic influenza.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Prevention (English) (PDF)
Available Translations of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Prevention
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Prevention offers information to parents and guardians about the prevention and treatment of this viral illness that mainly affects infants and young children.

Head Lice Prevention and Control
Information and guidelines on head lice prevention and control for school districts and child care facilities.

Immunization Requirements
Information on immunization requirements for school districts and child care facilities.

LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program Frequently Asked Questions
The California Department of Health Care Services (CDHCS) provides information for local educational agency (LEA) Medi-Cal Billing Option Providers on many issues related to the Billing Option including advising LEAs that they may not bill for state-mandated vision and hearing assessment.

Medication Administration
Information relating to medication administration in California schools, including checklists and training standards for the administration of epinephrine to students and adults, as well as frequently asked questions about the emergency anti-seizure medication law.

Oral Health
  • Oral Health Assessment
    Information related to California Education Code Section 49452.8, which requires public school students to have an oral health assessment no later than May 31 of their first year of school enrollment.
  • Mobile Dental Clinics
    Information and guidance on mobile dental facilities for school administrators when entering into contracts with private dental vendors.
  • Scoliosis Screening in California Public Schools (PDF)
    This publication provides districts and school health services personnel with guidelines to facilitate the planning and implementation of the state mandated scoliosis screening program for female students in grade seven and male students in grade eight.

    Skin Cancer Prevention
    Exposure to the sun is not without risk. The CDPH’s Skin Cancer Prevention Program has age-appropriate information and other colorful resources to help schools and others educate people of all ages about sun safety.

    Vision Hearing Testing
    • A Guide for Vision Testing in California Public Schools (PDF; 3MB)
      This publication provides district and school health personnel with guidelines for a school vision testing program and the laws and regulations that govern it. The guidelines facilitate the planning and implementation of vision assessment programs so that all students in California public schools may benefit from optimal use of their sense of sight throughout their school years.
  • Report of School Vision Test (English) (DOC)
    Available Translations of the Report of School Vision Test
    The Report of School Vision Test is used for reporting results of vision testing to parents and guardians and for obtaining recommendations from the professional examiner.
  • Color Vision Test Results Letter (English) (DOC)
    Available Translations of the Color Vision Test Results Letter
    The Color Vision Test Results letter is used to inform parents and guardians of color vision testing results and for obtaining recommendations from a professional examiner.
  • School Audiometrist Manual (PDF; 1MB)
    This manual from the CDHCS provides information concerning the school hearing conservation program. The manual is intended for persons who have had formal training in audiometry and is not intended as a substitute for that training
  • Questions: Coordinated School Health and Safety Office | 916-319-0914

    Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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