Health Services


About the Health Services Department

Credentialed School Nurse
The Credentialed School Nurse is a bachelor’s degree prepared Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing and credentialed as a school nurse by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The Credentialed School Nurse uses the nursing process, clinical expertise and professional judgment to design and implement health services programs that ensure that all students will receive the optimum benefit from their educational experience. This is accomplished by working collaboratively with students, families, teachers, other members of the multidisciplinary team, and utilizing resources within the community, to meet the physical, mental, emotional and social health needs of students.

Health Office Staff (Health Assistant or LVN)
Under the direction of the assigned administrator and the professional direction of a licensed credentialed school nurse, the health office staff performs specialized physical health care services for pupils with disabilities and chronic health problems. The site health office staff is also available to provide basic first aid to students who present to the health office.

First Grade Physical

All students need to have a complete health exam 18 months before or up to 90 days after enrolling in first grade (Health and Safety Code 124085). The exam results must be provided to the schools on the Report of Health Examination for School Entry (PM 171 A) form, which is also available through the local CHDP program, schools, and provider offices.

The completed exam is due no later than December of the first grade year.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Vision Screening
Students receive vision screenings during the kindergarten year or upon first enrollment in an elementary school, and in grades 2, 5, and 8. For male students, color vision is be tested one time, in grade 2. Any visual defects found as a result of the vision examination will be reported to the parent/guardian with a request that remedial action be taken to address the defect.

Hearing Screening
Students receive hearing screenings from a credentialed school audiometrist during the kindergarten year or upon first enrollment in an elementary school, and in grades 2, 5, and 8. Students who do not pass their first screening will be given a threshold test no less than two weeks after the screening exam. Referrals will be made after this.


Whooping cough booster shot requirement information

Required immunizations chart

For more information, visit ShotsForSchool.org

Immunization Letter

Local Immunization Sources

American Indian Health & Services
4141 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 681-7356

Santa Barbara County Public Health
Franklin Clinic
1136 East Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 568-2099

Eastside Neighborhood Clinic
915 N. Milpas St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 963-1641

Westside Neighborhood Medical Clinic
628 W Micheltorena St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-1546

Isla Vista Neighborhood Clinic
970 Embarcadero Del Mar
Isla Vista, CA 93117
(805) 968-1511

Medication at School

In accordance with California Education Code Section 49423, the following must be provided if you and your child’s physician determine that medication(s) must be taken during the school day or during school sponsored trips/outings/events.

  1. An Authorization to Administer Medication(s) form is required for ALL medications, prescription and over-the-counter.
  2. The Authorization to Administer Medication(s) form must be completed by BOTH the parent/guardian and the physician BEFORE they can be administered.
  3. Medications are kept in a locked cabinet in the Health Office unless the physician and parent authorized the student to carry and self-administer without assistance or supervision.
  4. If the medication is to be carried and self-administered by the student, he/she must read and sign the Student Statement at the bottom of the form.
  5. A new Authorization to Administer Medication(s) form must be completed whenever a change occurs.
  6. The Authorization to Administer Medication(s) form must be renewed annually at the beginning of every school year.
  7. Medication must be provided by the parent/guardian in the original, labeled container. Prescription medications must have the original pharmacy label, which includes the student name, physician name, medication name, medication dose/strength, and specific administration directions.
    *Medications will NOT be accepted in unlabeled containers, in baggies, or transferred from another container.
  8. Medications should be brought to school by the parent/guardian or other authorized adult. Medication should not be sent to school with the student.
  9. It is the parent/guardian responsibility to maintain an adequate supply of medication to ensure no disruption in the student’s medication regime at school.
  10. ALL medications must be picked up by the parent/guardian or other authorized adult, the last week of school. Medications left at the school will be disposed of by the Health Assistant or the District Nurse.
  11. If an Authorization to Administer Medication(s) form is suspected to be forged, the medical provider and site administrator will be notified at a minimum. Falsifying a medical provider signature or medication form is illegal and reportable. All future Authorization to Administer Medication(s) forms will be required to be sent to the school directly from the medical provider and parents will be required to come to the school site to sign the form.

The Authorization to Administer Medication at School form is available here.

Oral Health

Students in their first year in public school must submit proof of oral health assessments. The assessments must be performed by a licensed or registered dental health professional, and proof of assessment is due on an annual basis by May 31. The oral health assessment form is available here.

Dental Clinics

East Side Dental Clinic
923 N. Milpas St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 884-1998

American Indian Health & Services Dental Clinic
4141 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 696-1002

Other Health Information

Type 2 diabetes information


Liz Christen, RN Lead Nurse lchristen@sbunified.org (805) 967-3486 x128
Sakinah Drati, RN District Nurse (fax 805-966-7933) sdrati@sbunified.org (805) 963-4283
Cindy Cheung, RN District Nurse cchueng@sbunified.org (805) 722-8803
Michelle Meinzer, RN District Nurse mmeinzer@sbunified.org (805) 451-6081
Eileen Scott, RN District Nurse escott@sbunified.org (805) 450-2422
Maria Sorosky, RN District Nurse msorosky@sbunified.org (805) 319-8036
Sara Williams, RN District Nurse sawilliams@sbunified.org (805) 280-2219
Erika Heckman District Nurse eheckman@sbunified.org (805) 319-1220
Michelle Kinsler Office Assistant mkinsler@sbunified.org (805) 963-7751 x422