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Beth McVay, RN
District Nurse


Nimfa Laganapan, LVN


Martha Joseph
Health Services Clerk

Fax: 335-5828


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By District Nurse Beth McVay, RN BSN

Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming and for many students this means allergies. Be aware of your child's allergy symptoms and take control before they control your child and he or she misses school. The most common allergy symptoms include sneezing, red eyes, itchy throat and ears, and runny nose. Others like sinus congestion or fullness, fatigue and asthma can result in missed school days. Sometimes, a parent can take a few simple steps to reduce a child's allergy symptoms. If these fail, relief might be found in medications. (more)

Vision and Hearing Screenings

The state of California requires that all students get screened for vision and hearing deficiencies in Kindergarten, second, fifth and eighth grades. In the Martinez Unified School District these screenings are performed by the district nurse during regular school hours. Should your child not pass a screening, you will be notified by phone or letter within two weeks.

Parents who want their child excluded from the vision and/or hearing screenings should notify District Nurse Beth McVay at the start of their child’s Kindergarten, second, fifth and eighth grade year. Mrs. McVay can be reached at 925-335-5886 or at 


Head lice are a nuisance. There is no getting around it.  Most families won’t have to deal with the problem, but those who do will not soon forget the experience.

Fortunately, lice don’t carry disease and their presence on a child does not indicate neglect, poor hygiene or sloppy housekeeping. It just means the child got too close to someone else with lice.

Lice are tiny grey or brown wingless insects that live on the human scalp and move by crawling.  They spread from one person to another by head-to-head contact or by sharing personal items like hats, hair brushes and scarves.

Treating for lice requires diligence. The regiment includes treating the scalp, removing live (crawling) lice and their eggs, called nits, and washing and thoroughly vacuuming the home. 

For more information on treating and eradicating lice, click HEAD LICE


Many of our students have medical conditions that require them to have medications at school. The proper documentation must be on file at the school for all medications whether they are prescribed life-saving medicines or over-the-counter pain relievers.

If a child needs assistance with the medication, the medication is kept in the school office.  If an older child is capable of carrying his or her own medications, the child may do so as long as a physician authorization form is on file at school.  It is essential that parents and physicians complete the forms as directed, providing clear and precise directions for the dosage and administration of the medication.

No medications will be accepted at a child's school without the proper documentation from a physician and/or parent.

New forms must be submitted each school year.  All medications must be picked up by an authorized adult at the end of each school year. Unclaimed medications will be disposed of.




Students entering 7th grade in August must provide proof of a Tdap booster shot before starting back to schoolStudents will not get a class schedule until they have turned in Tdap documentation.

Many doctors give their adolescent patients the Tdap at 10 or 11 years of age. If your child's immunization record does not show evidence of the shot, make an appointment with your child's health care provider as soon as possible.  A Tdap administered at 7 years or older meets the requirement.

The Tdap shot will help to protect your child against pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.  The California legislature passed a law in 2010 requiring the shot after a widespread whooping cough outbreak that year caused 10 infant deaths. Infants are most at risk because they are not fully immunized, but an older child can be sidelined for weeks or months by the serious cough caused by the disease.

Students entering 7th grade in August must also get caught up on their MMR and varicella vaccinations. Two MMRs and varicellas are required and most students will have had these shots for Kindergarten entry.  Students who have a Personal Belief Exemptions (PBEs) on file may need to get one or both MMRs and varicellas for 7th grade. In fact, existing PBEs are no longer valid for a child entering 7th grade after July 1, 2016. Students must be fully immunized for 7th grade or have a medical waiver signed by a physician.

Parents who turn in shot documentation before Arena Registration should experience a quicker registration process. During summer break, shot records can be mailed to Martinez Junior High School, 1600 Court St., Martinez, CA 94553, Attn: Registrar; faxed to the MJHS Office at 925-335-5829; emailed to; or dropped off at the MJHS Student Services Office at the start of August.