• Tests to evaluate the vision of each child, including tests for visual acuity and color vision, will be performed for students:

    • In grades Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, and 8th
    • On students being assessed for initial and three - year review for special education services
    • Students first entry into the California public school system
    • Following consultation with the District Nurse, a teachers' observation indicating a student may be having a vision problem
    • Student's school performance gives evidence that existence of the problem might be caused by a visual difficulty

    The evaluation may be waived upon presentation of an appropriate certificate from a physician or optometrist. Parents will be notified in writing if their child fails the vision screening test. (CEC 49455, CCR Title 5,596)

    Hearing screening tests shall be given to:

    • Students in grades kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, 8th and 10th (waiver optional)
    • Students being assessed for initial and three-year review for special education services
    • Students first entry into the California public school system
    • Students at risk of hearing loss
    • Students referred for testing by a parent or teacher

    Parents will be notified in writing if their child fails the hearing screening test. (CEC 49455, CCR Title 17, 2950)


    Scoliosis Screenings:

    Female students in grade 7 and male students in grade 8 are screened by a trained person for the spinal condition known as scoliosis, in accordance with State Department of Education standards. The evaluation may be waived upon parent request. Parents will be notified if their student is suspected of having a spinal defect. (CEC 49452.5)

    CHDP Physical Examination

    According to California State Law all children entering the first grade are required to have on file at the school in which they enroll a Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) "Report of Health Examination for School Entry"(PM171A) certificate or a signed waiver (PM171B). The health examination is given at an early age to detect problems that may interfere with learning. Components of the health assessment include a health and developmental history, complete physical examination, oral health assessment, nutrition assessment, immunizations as appropriate for age, vision and hearing screening, and screening tests for anemia, lead, urine, tuberculosis and other problems as needed. Early identification and treatment are important because an undetected health problem could hamper a child's success in school. (Health and Safety Code 124085)

    DUSD recommends that children receive the physical examination after age 4 years 3 months and before starting kindergarten. The "Report of Health Examination for School Entry" certificate is given to parents in their child's kindergarten registration packet. The certificate may also be obtained from the school office.

    The Health Examination certificate may be completed by the child's physician, and returned to the school office. The health exam may be given up to 18 months before or within 90 days after entering first grade. Children from low-income families may be eligible for a State-reimbursed examination at no-cost to the family. The District Nurse or local CHDP program may be able to assist families in locating a participating provider in obtaining the examination. You can find the CHDP form (PDF) in the Health Services Downloads section.

    Oral Health Assessment

    California law, Education Code 49452.8, requires that all incoming Kindergarten students must have an oral health assessment (dental check-up). Oral health assessments that happen within the 12 months before your child enters school also meet this requirement. The law specifies that the assessment must be done by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional. You may download the form here or from the menu on the right of this page.

    Contagious or Infectious Disease

    A child may be sent home if, for a good reason, he or she is believed to be suffering from a recognized contagious or infectious disease. The child shall not be permitted to return until school authorities are satisfied that the student is no longer contagious or infectious. (Ed. Code 48211)

    Parents' Right to Waive Exam

    A parent or guardian having control or charge of any child enrolled in the public schools may file annually with the principal of the school in which he is enrolled a statement in writing, signed by the parent or guardian, stating that he will not consent to a physical examination of his child. Thereupon the child shall be exempt from any physical examination, but whenever there is good reason to believe that the child is suffering from a recognized contagious or infectious disease, he shall be sent home and shall not be permitted to return until the school authorities are satisfied that any contagious or infectious disease does not exist. (CEC 49451)

    Emergency Cards

    Your child's school must have information on file to assist them in contacting the appropriate persons in an emergency. Parents must fill in the cards completely, including all pertinent health information and physician and dentist telephone numbers to call in an emergency. In the event that the school cannot reach the parents, alternate emergency contact persons must be listed. If there is a change of address or phone number for any person listed on the card during the school year, please notify the school immediately. (CEC 49408)