Keeping all our children healthy is very important to us! If your child is experiencing abnormal symptoms, i.e. fever, drowsiness, runny nose, (with think and colored discharge), excessive cough, please do not send him/her to school. Daily, as your child is greeted at the classroom door, your child’s Teacher will give a brief health check. Your child will be sent home if he/she appears to be ill or demonstrates any of the above symptoms. 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 Child Care
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.
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, please see Senate Bill 277 Frequently Asked Questions.
How this Affects GCS Preschool
It is our understanding that if your child is enrolled in our preschool program, and you already have a Personal Beliefs Exemption form on file dated before January 1, 2016, it will remain valid as long as you remain at Grace Christian Schools. Our elementary school offers TK through Jr. High. The next “check point” is when your child transfers to another school.
For parents enrolling their child in preschool 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.
As updates and new information is released, we will notify our families.