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Health Screening For School Entry   

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Comprehensive Health Screening for Grades K-1

The parent/guardian of a student in kindergarten or first grade shall submit to the Superintendent or designee a certification form developed by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and signed by the student's health examiner certifying that the student has completed a comprehensive health screening within 18 months prior to entry into first grade or within 90 days thereafter. (Health and Safety Code 124040, 124085)

(cf. 5111 - Admission)

(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)

The Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/guardians of all kindergarten students of the requirement to obtain a health screening and of the availability of the Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program established pursuant to Health and Safety Code 124025-124110 to assist eligible low-income families in obtaining the health screening. (Health and Safety Code 124100)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

The notice and certification form shall be included with the notification of immunization requirements provided to parents/guardians prior to their child's enrollment in kindergarten and shall encourage completion of the health screening simultaneously with immunizations. The notice shall also be provided to the parent/guardian of any student who is enrolling in first grade without having attended kindergarten in the district.

(cf. 5141.31 - Immunizations)

In lieu of the certification, the parent/guardian may submit a waiver on a form developed by DHCS indicating that he/she does not want or is unable to obtain a health screening. If the waiver indicates that the parent/guardian was unable to obtain the services, the reasons should be included in the waiver. (Health and Safety Code 124085)

The Superintendent or designee may exempt a student from exclusion when his/her parents/guardians have been contacted at least twice between the first day and the 90th day after the student's enrollment in first grade and the parents/guardians refuse to provide either a certification form or a waiver. (Health and Safety Code 124105)

(cf. 5112.2 - Exclusions from Attendance)

Oral Health Assessment for Grades K-1

The Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/guardians of the oral health assessment requirement. The notification shall, at a minimum, consist of a letter that includes all of the following: (Education Code 49452.8)

1. An explanation of the administrative requirements of the law

2. Information on the importance of primary teeth

3. Information on the importance of oral health to overall health and to learning

4. A toll-free telephone number to request an application for Healthy Families, Medi-Cal, or other government-subsidized health insurance programs

5. Contact information for county public health departments

6. A statement of privacy applicable under state and federal laws and regulations

The student may be excused from complying with the oral health assessment if his/her parent/guardian indicates on the standardized form that it could not be completed for any of the following reasons: (Education Code 49452.8)

1. Completion of an assessment poses an undue financial burden on the parent/guardian.

2. The parent/guardian lacks access to a licensed dentist or other dental health professional.

3. The parent/guardian does not consent to an assessment.

Students who are not assessed, or for whom the parents/guardians fail to return the standardized form, shall not be excluded from school attendance.

By December 31 of each year, the Superintendent or designee shall report data on oral health assessments to the county office of education in accordance with Education Code 49452.8.

The report shall also be provided to the Governing Board. The identity of any student shall not be included in the report.

Legal Reference:


48985 Notice to parents in language other than English

49060-49079 Pupil records

49452.8 Oral health assessment


104395 Child Health and Disability Prevention Program expansion

124025-124110 Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, especially:

124085 Certificate documenting health screening and evaluation services; waiver by parent/guardian

124100 Distribution of program information to parents/guardians of kindergarten children

124105 Exclusions and exemption; legislative intent of notification contents


432 Student records


6800-6874 Child Health and Disability Prevention Program

Management Resources:


Promoting Oral Health for California's Students: New Roles, New Opportunities for Schools, Governance and Policy Services, Policy Brief, February 2007


CHDP School Handbook: School Entry Health Examination Requirements, rev. January 2006



California Department of Education, Health Services:

California Dental Association:

California Department of Health Care Services, Child Health and Disability Prevention Program:

California Healthy Kids Resource Center:


approved: August 14, 2007 Reedley, California