Physical Health

If you or a loved one is experiencing a health crisis that requires immediate care, dial 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.

The District employs nurses who work with families on health-related procedures and questions. Please see the information below.

MVWSD Regular Health Screenings

Each fall, MVWSD conducts hearing and vision screenings of all students in kindergarten, second-, fifth- and eighth-grade, as California State Law mandates. Parents will be notified in writing if children fail a screening.

Parents who do not want their child screened for either vision and/or hearing should send a letter to their child's school each school year indicating that their child is to be excluded, and vision and/or hearing results will need to be provided from their physician.

For questions, please contact the Health Services office at 650-526-3570 ext. 1050.

Teen Health Education

MVWSD contracts with Health Connected, a local, non-profit agency dedicated to helping young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health.  Health Connected is working with MVWSD to provide the District’s Human Growth and Development programs and has been providing Human Growth and Development curriculum for many area schools for many years.  

Health Connected 2017-18 Report  

Fifth Grade
FAQs about Puberty Talk (English)   FAQs about Puberty Talk (Spanish)   
Parent letter about Puberty Talk (English).    Parent letter about Puberty Talk (Spanish) 

Eighth Grade
FAQs about Teen Talk/Health Connected (English)   FAQs about Teen Talk/Health Connected (Spanish)
Parent letter about Teen Talk (English) and Parent letter about Teen Talk (Spanish)
Talking about Human trafficking

Vaccinations and Medical Exemptions

There are new procedures for medical exemptions of required immunizations as provided by SB 276 and SB 714. 

Until January 1, 2020, parents will continue to submit medical exemptions to a school or daycare using a form or letter prepared by their medical provider. Beginning in January 1, 2021 all medical exemptions will be submitted electronically directly into the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) utilizing a standard form. If a medical exemption letter is submitted for review based on the specific criteria under the new law, a clinical staff at CDPH (California Department Public Health) a physician or a nurse with expertise in vaccines science including vaccine injury will review the medical exemption.

Only the State Public Health Officer, who is a physician, or a physician they designate from the CDPH’s Immunization Program, can revoke the medical exemption. During the medical exemption review (by the CDPH) the student will be able to attend school as well as during any appeal of a revocation.

If the student has an existing medical exemption it will be valid until the next grade span. However, with existing medical exemptions will need to submit a new exemption when the student begins a new “grade span”. Grade spans are: birth to preschool, kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) and grades 1-6, and 7-12. Log on the website for detailed information on the coming changes on medical exemptions.

Health Insurance for Children

If you don’t have health insurance, you can register at to get health insurance. If you need help registering, call the Healthier Kids Foundation (877-557-0093) or Santa Clara County Social Services Agency (408-758-3800). To see if your children are eligible for free or low-cost health care (through Medical) go to

Health resources and forms

List of immunizations needed for enrollment (list of immunizations in Spanish)
   New regulations are effective July 2019
CDPH Shots for Schools website
For mental health resources, please click here

Health Forms for Students

Tuberculosis Clearance Requirement for Volunteers

California State regulations mandate that parent volunteers who serve students in our schools be cleared for tuberculosis. Your healthcare provider will guide you about whether you may use a TB risk assessment or a TB skin test done at the volunteer's expense for the required clearance, which is valid for four (4) years. Please bring this Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form to your health care provider (Ed Code 49406).

Accepted documentation:

  * A completed Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form signed and stamped by your healthcare provider; or

  * A certificate from a health care provider that the volunteer has been examined and is free of infectious tuberculosis if tuberculosis risk factors are identified during a tuberculosis risk assessment done by a healthcare provider, (Ed Code 49406); or

  * Test result that is negative for TB from a skin, blood or chest x ray test

Flu  Information for Families

What Is Influenza (also called flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Signs And Symptoms Of Flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How Flu Spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

Can My Child Go To School If He Or She Is Sick?

No. Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to other children or caregivers.  Please contact your school site to let your school know your child will be absent.

When Can My Child Go Back To School After Having The Flu?

Please keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).  Fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.

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