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The Health and Safety Code of the State of California Section 120325 states, “All children under eighteen years of age that enter a California public or private elementary or secondary school for the first time or transfer between schools must present a written immunization record that includes at least the month and year of receipt of each dose of required vaccines (or an exemption to the immunization requirements). Otherwise, the child will not be allowed to attend school.” This requirement applies in general to all pupils of any age admitted to public or private schools, including kindergarten.

To meet California’s school entry requirements, children entering kindergarten will need the following immunizations:

Immunization Dosage
Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus (DPT) Five (5) doses
Polio Four (4) doses
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Two (2) doses
Hepatitis B Three (3) doses
Varicella (chickenpox) One (1) dose

Students entering seventh grade must show proof of the following immunizations:

Immunization Dosage
Tetanus, reduced Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis (Tdap) One (1) doses
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Two (2) doses

A child cannot be accepted until the Health Information form is completed and required immunizations obtained. Immunizations must be kept current unless the parents sign an objection waiver. If a waiver is signed, it must accompany the student’s application.

The Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act requires a school to have written consent from a parent or guardian before records may be released from the school (as when a student transfers to another school). Parents also have the right to review the records and to challenge the content thereof. This form will accompany applications.