August 04, 2000
Besides vacations, summer is time for immunizations.
Students new to the Long Beach Unified School District will need to show proof of a negative tuberculosis test and immunization against eight childhood diseases before enrolling this fall.
California law now calls for a Mantoux TB test for all children who enroll in public school. State law also requires parents to provide proof of their children's immunization against hepatitis B, measles, mumps, German measles, polio, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus.
Written documentation of all immunizations and the TB test results must be presented at the time of registration. No child will be permitted to enroll without such documentation. The statewide rule is "no shots--no school."
The rule is not just for the youngest students. All students entering seventh and eighth grades will need to have three hepatitis B shots, a second measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shot and a diphtheria/tetanus booster shot. Because hepatitis B shots must be spaced several months apart, it is important to have preteen children visit a doctor, clinic or health department as soon as possible to start the series. The three shots can be administered in the summer, fall and spring to meet next year's deadline.
Under California law, a child at least five years old by December 2 may be enrolled in kindergarten. Correspondingly higher ages are required for higher grades. Proof of age, such as a county or hospital birth certificate, baptismal certificate or other documentation, must be provided.
For children born in Los Angeles County, birth certificates may be requested from the Los Angeles County Recorder's office. It takes approximately two weeks to obtain these records by mail. Directions on how to order a birth certificate are available by calling (562) 462-2137.