Under a law known as SB 277, exemptions based on personal beliefs will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California. For more information, read a letter from our district nurses here.
The Del Mar Union School District is working with the San Diego County Office of Education and local public health to determine how to reopen safely. However, in the meantime, as is the case with the start of any new school year, all students must be current with their immunizations before they can attend school. Important milestones include when students enter TK/K and 7th grade, or attend a new school. There are no changes to the immunization requirements for the 2020-21 school year. A list of required vaccinations to attend school can be found below; a list of lifetime vaccinations is available at Shots for School.
Children entering TK/Kindergarten through 12th Grade must have:
- 4 Polio (3 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday);
- 5 DTaP (4 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday; 3 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after the 7th birthday);
- 3 Hep B;
- 2 MMR (both doses on or after 1st birthday);
- 2 Varicella.
Children entering grades 7-12 must have:
- All of the above;
- 1 Tdap booster shot given on or after the 7th birthday.
During this time, we also encourage your child to get a flu vaccination.
We understand there may be concern among parents about accessing health care during the pandemic, but it is important that our children stay on schedule for vaccinations to avoid an outbreak of preventable diseases like mumps or whooping cough.
If you have concerns about obtaining the required immunizations, please reach out to your primary care physician. Most providers continue to offer well-check and vaccination appointments, and are taking extra safety and hygiene precautions.
Students Entering Kindergarten
Please be aware of the immunizations that are required before your child may begin kindergarten in August. Please review your child's immunization record to determine what immunizations he/she is missing. The boosters that are traditionally given at age five years may be given after 4 years of age. Even if your child turns five after August of the enrolling year, immunizations must be completed before they can begin kindergarten. Two doses of the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine is also required for kindergarten entry. If your child had the chickenpox disease, your doctor must note that on your child's immunization record. Your child will not be assigned a teacher until all required immunizations are completed.
The following are the required immunizations for students entering Kindergarten:
- Polio: 4 doses, but three are enough if at least one was given after the 4th birthday
- DTP/DtaP: 5 doses, but 4 are enough if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday
- MMR: 2 doses, both must be on or after the 1st birthday
- Hepatitis B: 3 doses
- Varicella: 2 doses or documentation of disease by your doctor noted on immunization record (effective July 1, 2019.)
In addition to the above immunizations, a physical exam is required by the State of California before starting first grade. Verification of this physical is documented on The Report of Health Checkup (green form). The Del Mar Union School District asks that the physical exam be completed before starting kindergarten.
California law, Education Code Section 49452.8, now requires that your child have an oral health assessment (dental check-up) by May 31 in either kindergarten or first grade, whichever is his or her first year in public school. Assessments that have happened 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 California dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional.
When you register your kindergartner you will be asked for your child's immunization card, The Report of Health Checkup and Oral Health Assessment/Waiver Request. If the physical exam has not been completed prior to registration, then you must turn in the green form as soon as it is completed. Please contact the Health office at your school, if you have any questions.
Students Entering Grade 1-6
The immunizations listed above are also required for students entering grades 1-6.
The Following is for 1st Grade Only
In addition to the above immunizations, a physical exam is required by the State of California before starting first grade. Verification of this physical is documented on The Report of Health Checkup (green form).
California law, Education Code Section 49452.8, now requires that your child have an oral health assessment (dental check-up) by May 31 in either kindergarten or first grade, whichever is his or her first year in public school. Assessments that have happened 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.
San Diego County Public Health Centers will no longer provide vaccines to privately insured children and adults. A person is considered insured if they have private health insurance that includes coverage for vaccines, even if there is a high deductible or co-pay required.
Please contact your primary care providers for immunization services.
San Diego Health Department - No Appointments Necessary - To be used only if you do not have private health insurance.
DPT, MMR, OPV, HEP B are offered for $10.00
TB Skin Test - $8.00 (Under age 2 - free)
North Central Public Health Center
5055 Ruffin Road
Kearny Mesa, CA 92123
Located at the North Central Regional Center
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
2nd Thursday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Solana Beach Presbyterian Church
120 Stevens Avenue
Solana Beach, CA 92075
2nd Tuesday of the month 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
North Coastal Public Health Center
104 South Barnes Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
SDUHSD Immunization Requirements
All students entering 7th through 12th grades are required to be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called Tdap. For more information go to "Shots for School," a California website about immunizations required for school entry.
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