School Health Resources

For Kids in Head Start

For the thousands of DC children age three (3) and four (4) years old that participate in Head Start programs, the Universal Health Certificate is especially important. This includes all students in PK3 and PK4 classrooms in Title 1 schools. When the forms are not complete, duplicate services may be provided to children to ensure federal requirements are being met.  The services of particular importance to the Head Start program include:

  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Oral Health
  • Height and weight or BMI
  • Most recent Hemoglobin/ Hematocrit Screen
  • Most recent TB test and result and/or risk assessment
  • Most recent lead test and result and/or risk assessment

For hearing and vision screens, indicating that a screen was attempted or risk assessment completed on the UHC helps the Head Start programs determine next steps and follow-up with families.

A complete UHC form that meets the DC Periodicity Schedule goes a long way to decreasing duplicative services and to provide families comprehensive services.

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DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC Public Charter Schools (DCPCS) need your help to make sure they have the information they need to meet the health needs of DC students.

The DC Universal Health Certificate (UHC) is the primary mode of communicating a child’s health status to their school and is the main document used by schools to document that a child has received all the services they need. All public school children in the District must submit a completed UHC each year as a part of school enrollment.

The most important way medical professionals can assist is by ensuring they are following the DC Periodicity Schedule and completing all fields on the UHC including the health concerns section that notes any specific health or developmental concerns.

Oral Health Assessments are also required for every student, every year as a part of enrollment, so please encourage families to make an appointment with the dentist if they haven’t already! If caregivers need help locating a dentist, they can call the DC Dental Helpline at 866-758-6807.

If children have additional health care needs that need to be addressed while at school—medication, dietary restrictions, asthma, allergies—please assist caregivers in completing the appropriate health forms to document those needs as well. Remember, school nurses cannot provide medication or any other invasive medical care without a doctor’s orders!

Thank you for helping the District better meet the needs of our students!

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Important Forms

These forms may be downloaded for use and duplication: