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Information and resources concerning meeting students' health-related needs at school.

Asthma Management Guidelines
Asthma is a leading cause of school absenteeism. The California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) guidelines and "Asthma Action Plan for Schools and Families" assist schools in effectively managing this chronic disease.

Diabetes Management
Information to assist schools in effectively managing diabetes, one of the most common chronic diseases in school-aged children.

Emergency First Aid Guidelines for California Schools Manual External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; 2MB; Revised 2013)
Provides recommended guidelines, procedures, and first aid measures for response to medical problems when advanced medically trained personnel are not available on a school site, as well as serving as a guideline for licensed health care personnel.

Flu Prevention
Information for controlling the outbreak of the flu in schools, including information on pandemic influenza.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Prevention (English) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Available Translations of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Prevention
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Prevention offers information to parents and guardians about the prevention and treatment of this viral illness that mainly affects infants and young children.

Head Lice Prevention and Control External link opens in new window or tab.
Information and guidelines on head lice prevention and control for school districts and child care facilities.

Immunization Requirements
Information on immunization requirements for school districts and child care facilities.

LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program Frequently Asked Questions External link opens in new window or tab.
The California Department of Health Care Services (CDHCS) provides information for local educational agency (LEA) Medi-Cal Billing Option Providers on many issues related to the Billing Option including advising LEAs that they may not bill for state-mandated vision and hearing assessment.

Medication Administration
Information relating to medication administration in California schools, including checklists and training standards for the administration of epinephrine to students and adults, as well as frequently asked questions about the emergency anti-seizure medication law.

A Parent's Guide to MRSA in California (English) (DOC)
Available Translations of A Parent’s Guide to MRSA in California
A Parent's Guide to MRSA in California: What You Need to Know includes information for parents regarding Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Oral Health
  • Oral Health Assessment
    Information related to California Education Code Section 49452.8, which requires public school students to have an oral health assessment no later than May 31 of their first year of school enrollment.

  • Mobile Dental Clinics
    Information and guidance on mobile dental facilities for school administrators when entering into contracts with private dental vendors.

Scoliosis Screening in California Public Schools (PDF)
This publication provides districts and school health services personnel with guidelines to facilitate the planning and implementation of the state mandated scoliosis screening program for female students in grade seven and male students in grade eight.

Skin Cancer Prevention External link opens in new window or tab.
Exposure to the sun is not without risk. The CDPH's Skin Cancer Prevention Program has age-appropriate information and other colorful resources to help schools and others educate people of all ages about sun safety.

Vision & Hearing Testing
Questions:   Coordinated School Health and Safety Office | 916-319-0914
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
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    Form and instructions detailing the documentation school districts and County Offices of Education need to obtain tobacco-free schools district certification from the California Department of Education.
  • Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Program (updated 11-Oct-2016)
    Provides funding through an application process for tobacco-specific student instruction, reinforcement activities, special events, intervention, and cessation programs for students.