Health Requirements

  • Sunnyvale School District nurses assist and support students and classroom staff to ensure a safe and healthy school day for each student and to enhance the opportunities for students to reach their maximum potential.

    California State Immunization / School Entry Guidelines 

    California School Immunization Law: (Please click below for more information)

    For further information visit:

    Medical Exemptions 

    Under a new law known as SB 277, beginning January 1, 2016 exemptions based on personal beliefs will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California.  Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all the required vaccinations. Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade. 
    If your child did not receive one or more vaccine(s) due to a medical reason, please go to in order to request a Medical Exemption (ME) from your child's physician. 

    Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment for School Entry (Preschool-8th) 

    Effective June 1, 2014, students newly enrolling into schools in Santa Clara County will be required to undergo TB testing ONLY if their healthcare provider identifies a risk factor for TB exposure. Prior to school enrollment, children will be required to have their healthcare provider complete the Santa Clara County Public Health Department TB Risk Assessment for School Entry form.  Take this form to your provider to complete and return to your child’s school. For more information, you can download the Santa Clara County Health Department Tuberculosis information for Parents and Guardians.

    Health Examination Requirement (CHDP) and Oral Health Assessment Requirement 

    Visit the District Nurses' Website to learn more and to download the form

    Guidelines for dropping off Medications

    If your student needs to take medication during the school day, our trained staff will be able to help. You can pick up forms from your child’s school, or download them from the Medical Forms page. 
    Confirm that the appropriate medication forms have been completed correctly:
    • The doctor’s order needs to match the bottle description, dosage, and name.
    • The form must have a doctor’s signature and date.
    • The form must have a parent’s signature and date. 
    • Needs to be in a labeled pharmacy bottle and labeled with the student’s name, medication, and dosage matching the information on the permission form (see above).
    • If it is a controlled substance, such as Ritalin, the pills have to be counted by the staff person who is accepting the bottle, with the parent present.
    • After the pills are counted, the staff person accepting the pills needs to note on the medication log the number of pills, initial next to it, and the parent initials it.
    • DO NOT drop off medications without making sure they are properly signed in by a staff person and noted on your child’s medication log sheet(s). 
    • Even over-the-counter/non-prescription medication MUST be accompanied by a doctor’s order and signature and parent signature. 

    When is my child too sick to go to school?

    If a student experiences the following symptoms at school, school personnel will contact the parent/guardian in order to arrange for someone to pick him/her up from school: 
    • A temperature of 100 degrees or above 
    • Diarrhea 
    • Nausea accompanied by vomiting                                                      
    • Pain that does not subside after resting 
    • Appears ill, even though symptoms are vague                                           
    • Redness of eyes with purulent discharge                                                    
    • Acute earache 
    • Severe toothache 
    • Unexplained or unknown rash

    Students cannot be sent to school if they have any of the above symptoms in the morning before school starts.

    In case your child was excluded from a suspected communicable disease (per the direction of the Santa Clara County Health Department), such as pink eye or an unknown rash, parents need to provide the school with a doctor's note upon the student’s return. Furthermore, students who have had a fever (100 degrees or above) cannot return to school until they have been without fever and/or diarrhea or vomiting for at least 24 hours or for at least 48 hours without diarrhea or vomiting during an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness. 

    Head Lice  

    Students who are found to have live head lice will need to be treated before coming back to school. See the head lice policy notification below.
    For more information on how to get rid of head lice, click the following links:
    Head Lice References: