Student Health Policy-Elementary

Keeping all our children healthy is very important to us! If your child is experiencing abnormal symptoms, i.e. drowsiness, runny nose, cough, fever, please do not send him/her to school. Daily, as your child is greeted at the classroom door, your child’s Teacher may give a brief health check if she is aware of any concerns about your child’s health. Your child will be sent home if he/she appears to be ill. We will make every effort to reach the child’s Mom or Dad. If your child has been exposed to a communicable disease, it is very important to notify the School Office as soon as possible.

California Immunization Requirements for School Entry
Grace Christian Schools follows the immunization requirements as listed in the California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 4. Parents must present their child’s Immunization Record as proof of immunization, before the first day of school.

Immunization Requirements for School Entry

As per the Department of Health, in the event of an outbreak of an immunized disease, an unvaccinated child will be required to remain home for an incubation period of up to 21 days. Tuition will continue to be due and payable.

Senate Bill 277 Notification
Under a new law enacted by SB 277, beginning January 1, 2016 personal beliefs exemptions will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California. Personal beliefs exemptions already on file will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at transitional kindergarten/kindergarten or 7th grade.

For more information about SB 277, please see the Frequently Asked Questions available at:
http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/sb277faq/.

How this Affects GCS Elementary
It is our understanding that if your child is enrolled in our elementary program, and you already have a Personal Beliefs Exemption form on file, it will remain valid until your child moves onto 7th grade or until your child transfers to another school. A child in our preschool, whose PBE on file meets law requirements, will be grandfathered into our elementary school.

For parents enrolling their child in Kindergarten for 2016/2017, the new law will be in place and any previously signed PBE form will be void. A child may begin school with one shot/dose of each requirement and be scheduled to receive the following shots as planned by the physician. Follow-up will be required and scheduled vaccines must be adhered to, to continue attendance at school. Please see the Conditional Admission Immunization Schedule for more information.

The Senate Bill ONLY mentions the personal beliefs exemption and not those which are a medical exemption. Medical exemptions are determined by your child’s physician.

As updates and new information is released, we will notify our families.

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