In September 2018, California Code of Regulations Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 4 changed California immunization requirements for students entering TK/Kinder, 7th grade advancement and Tk/Kinder-12th grade new admission or transfers in public and private schools. Changes to California school immunization requirement will become effective starting July 1, 2019 per California Code of Regulations Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 4 (2018, September).
Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, the changes include, but are not limited to:
- Requiring 2 (rather than 1) doses of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine at
7th grade advancement
TK/K-12 new admission or transfer
- Requiring 2 MMR doses and 3 Hepatitis B vaccine doses at admission or transfer more uniformly throughout TK/K-12 (age restrictions are removed)
- Medical exemptions for new admissions may be signed only by a California-licensed MD/DO
- Each temporary medical exemption may be issued for no more than 12 months.
It is important that you begin now, to ensure your child gets their vaccination and to avoid appointment delays.
Getting them up to date now will protect against vaccine preventable disease, and ensure that they will not be excluded from school and to ensure class placement.
Remember to ask your physician about other vaccines your child may need, and bring your child’s yellow immunization card to the visit. Please return a copy of ALL up to date immunizations to your child’s school, prior to the beginning of the next school year.
No students will be allowed to attend school without up to date immunizations.
For questions, please call your primary physician today or call the San Joaquin County Public Health Services Immunization Program at (209) 468-3481.
Source: California Code of Regulations Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 4 (2018, September). Retrieved from
https://www.shotsforschool.org/ and eziz.org/assets/docs/IMM-1080.pdf
February 28, 2020
Dear TUSD Parents and Guardians,
We are continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus (now named COVID-19) situation. Currently, County health officials report there are no known cases of coronavirus in San Joaquin County. We are monitoring the changes daily and will provide updates as they come available.
You may be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Travel warnings for China have not changed, and the CDC has lowered their level of concern for travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additional detail about these warnings can be found on the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/ .
The CDC also recently shared that the coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now. We are working with county school and health officials to keep our campuses safe. Current information about the coronavirus is available on the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/ website.
As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips :
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds . If soap
and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer .
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•Stay home when you are sick .
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
•Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing
severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
•Get vaccinated every year .
Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that hand-washing provides better protection from infectious diseases.
The Tracy Unified School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary . If you have questions about these topics, please contact TUSD’s Office of Student Services at 209/830-3280. We thank you for your cooperation and support.
Brian Stephens, Ed.D.