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Kindergarten Health Requirements

Kindergarten Health Requirements


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to Montecito Union School! Before your child enters kindergarten there are a few things that we need to have on file. According to the CA Health and Safety Code, the following must be completed and presented to the school:

 1.     Complete Immunization Record (CA Health and Safety Code, section 120325-80)


  •  4 doses of Polio vaccine (3 doses meet the requirement if the last dose was received after the 4th birthday)
  •  5 doses of DTP - diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (4 doses meet the requirement if the last dose was received after the 4th birthday)
  •  2 doses of MMR – measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on or after the first birthday
  •  3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
  •  1 dose of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or documentation that the child has had chicken pox

The school nurse will be available at Montecito Union School to review and copy immunization records and make recommendations if additional immunization records are needed. 

 2.  Report of Health Examination for School Entry 

      (CA Health and Safety Code, section 124085 – form enclosed)

To protect the health of your child, California law requires a health examination on school entry. Please have this report filled out by a health examiner and return it to the school. The school will keep and maintain it as confidential information. The exam should be completed within 6 months of kindergarten entry (on or after March 1st). The exam is intended to detect health problems and arrange for early care if needed. There is a waiver you may sign if you do not want your child to receive a health exam.

  3.     Oral Health Assessment  (CA Health and Safety Code, Section 124085 – form enclosed)

California law now requires that your child have an oral health assessment by a licensed or registered dental health professional. Oral assessments that have been done within 12 months before your child enters school also meet this requirement.

If you need assistance in obtaining required immunizations, you may call the Santa Barbara Public Health Center at 681-5260. If you need assistance in obtaining the physical exam, the Child Health and Disability Prevention provides free exams to income eligible families. You may call 681-5130 for an appointment. The law does allow parents/guardians to choose an exemption for immunizations based on personal beliefs, or physicians may sign medical exemptions if needed. Please contact the school nurse to complete a waiver(s) if desired.


Cassandra Ornelas RN, BSN

Credentialed School Nurse