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Medication and Health Guide | Responsibilities for Parents

Tdap and Varicella Vaccination Requirement

March 2022

Dear Parents,

California Law AB 354 requires all incoming 7 th grade students to show proof of Tdap (pertussis or whooping cough) immunization. New regulations require 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) immunization.

To ensure your child is able to register for 7 th grade and be given priority for classes and electives, submit proof of the required Tdap booster shot and 2nd Varicella shot to the San Jose Charter Academy school office by Friday, April 29, 2022. Time passes quickly; it is highly recommended you make an appointment for your child in the near future.
If you have other children 10 years or older, you may also wish to have them immunized in anticipation of their future 7th grade year.
A list of free or low-cost health clinics in Los Angeles County is provided below or the school office can provide a copy for you.
Parents or guardians of students in any school or child care facility will no longer be allowed to submit a personal beliefs exemption to a currently-required vaccine. (California Law SB 277)

For questions about Tdap or Varicella you may contact our school office at
(626) 856-1693.

Medication Regimen - EC 49423

The parent or legal guardian of any pupil taking medication on a regular basis must inform the school nurse, health clerk, or other contact person of the medication being taken, the current dosage, and the name of the supervising physician. With the consent of the parent or legal guardian, the school nurse may communicate with the physician and may counsel with the school personnel regarding the possible effects of the medication on the pupil.

Any pupil who is required to take, during the regular school day, medication prescribed by a physician or surgeon, may be assisted by the school nurse or other designated school personnel or may carry and self-administer auto-injectable epinephrine or inhaled asthma medication if the school district receives a written statement of instructions from the physician detailing the method, amount and time schedules by which such medication is to be taken and a written statement from the parent or guardian requesting the school district assist the pupil with prescribed medication as set forth in the physician statement.

Parents/guardians must follow certain procedures if pupils need assistance from school personnel in taking medication. The procedures are as follows:

  1. Return the Parent and Physician Medication Request form to your child’s school office. Must be renewed annually).
  2. Bring the medication to the school in the prescription container.
  3. The pharmacist’s label must indicate all of the following information:
  • The full name of the student;
  • The date;
  • The name of the physician;
  • The dosage of the medication;
  • The time schedule of the medication; and,
  • The method of administration of the medication

“Over-the-counter” medications, such as aspirin, will not be dispensed without a physician’s authorization.  Medication will be kept in a locked cabinet. If more than one medication is to be taken while at school, each prescription must be separately labeled with a separate medication authorization form for each prescription.  Students are not allowed to have items such as aspirin, cough drops, etc. in their possession. Parents/Guardians should probably keep their child home when he/she has any of the following symptoms:

    • Fever (over 100º F, or 37.8º C)
    • Vomiting (more than once)
    • Frequent diarrhea
    • Frequent Cough
    • Widespread rash (call doctor immediately if rash is with fever)
    • Earache
    • Toothache

Contact your doctor as soon as possible, so that appropriate treatment can begin.  Children should not be kept home for looking sick, poor color, circles under the eyes, or tiredness.  Please note that if your child is absent 10 or more days during the school year he/she may suffer academically and is considered to have an attendance issue.  The following suggestions will improve your child’s ability to learn while in school:

    • Children should get 8 – 10 hours of sleep each night
    • Children need a nutritious breakfast
    • Good hygiene is essential to good health and self-esteem
    • Washing hands with antibacterial soap often to eliminate the spread of germs
    • Avoid exposure to others who are sick

Parent Responsibilities

    • Have a doctor fill out the prescription form completely
    • Parent/guardian must sign and date the prescription form
    • Parent/guardian must bring prescription and medication to the school office staff
    • Medication must be in the properly labeled containers with the same orders as noted on the prescription form
    • An accurate measuring spoon must be provided, if medication is in liquid form
    • Parent/guardian must bring any change in prescriptions or medications in writing from the doctor
    • Parent/guardian must pick up any unused medication at the end of the school year.
    • New authorizations are required at the beginning of each school year