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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:
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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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!
NEW and NOTEWORTHY
Extended Provider Summer Hours: No Shots/No School. See resources from DHCF for information on the No Shots/No School program.
Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) releases Healthy Youth Resource Guide to all District schools and city-wide organizations that serve youth. Working in conjunction with DC Public Schools and the Public Charter School Board, OSSE created an adolescent health services and support directory for use as guidance for both school staff and organizations that serve youth. OSSE has also developed an online referral tracking system to assist school staff and District organizations in tracking and linking youth to adolescent health services and support.
Important Notice to Providers: DHCF Wishes to Inform the Provider Community of the “No Shots, No School” Campaign: All students attending DC public, charter, private and parochial schools must have their immunizations updated before the next school year begins. All students attending school in the District of Columbia must present proof of appropriately spaced immunizations by the first day of school.