Whooping Cough Information
Whooping cough (pertussis) has been widespread in California during 2010. The California Department of Public Health recommends that all Calforinians, 10 years and older receive a booster shot against pertussis (also know as "Tdap"1). California law now requires students to be immunized against pertussis2.
For the 2011-12 school year only, all students entering 7th through 12th grades will need proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting school.
- Begins - July 1, 2011
- Can be met by receiving one dose of Tdap vaccine on or after the 10th birthday
- Applies to all public and private schools
- Does not affect student enrolled in summer school.
If your child, 10 years and older has not received the "Tdap" pertussis booster shot, please contact your personal physician or health department. Tdap shot can also be obtained at the annual community seasonal flu clinics sponsored by the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency. Getting a Tdap booster shot now will protect your child and meet a new school requirement that begins in the 2011-12 school year. It is important to bring proof of a Tdap vaccine to your school nurse.
1 "Tdap" = Tetanus toxiod, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine
2 Exemptions permitted for verified medical conditions or personal beliefs.
In accordance with the Turlock Unified School District Strategic Plan and in conjunction with the Stanislaus County Office of Education, TUSD is currently in the process of implementing a Character Counts! program throughout the district that includes the Choosing Civility program as well. The district administrative team have been reading the book "Choosing Civility ~ the Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct" by P.M. Forni. Our goal is to practice kindness towards others, demonstrate respect and civility. This program will also be introduced into the curriculum for students at all grade levels.
For more on the Stanislaus County Office of Education's Civility Program go to http://www.stancoe.org/civility/. Please check back to this website for more information on how TUSD implements the Character Counts! and Choosing Civility programs throughout the district.