Major health screening and counseling is performed by the district’s registered nurse. Vision and hearing tests are given to kindergarten, second, fifth, eighth and tenth graders each year. Parents are notified if additional follow-up is necessary.
Upland Unified School District (UUSD) in cooperation with the California Departments of Health Services and Education has a program to allow the district to be reimbursed with federal Medicaid dollars for selected health services (such as hearing and vision screening, health assessments) provided to eligible students at the school. In accordance with UUSD rules and guidelines, eligible student records may be forwarded to a HIPAA certified agency. School health services currently provided to all students will not be changed by this program. Students will not be denied services they require to attend school, and parents will never be billed for health services by the school district.
Vision, Hearing, and Scoliosis Screening
California State legislation requires that vision, hearing, and scoliosis screening be conducted on students in specifically designated grades. Students may be excused from these screening procedures if they are in conflict with parents’ beliefs. Written consent is not required, but written objection will be honored for your son/ daughter. (Education Code 49452)
The Upland Unified School District Board adopted a Wellness Policy in April of 2006. This policy supports healthy eating and physical activity for our District’s students by promoting healthy celebrations at all school sites. As noted in the PTA Healthy Lifestyles: A Parent’s Guide; “Serving healthy snacks to our children is important to providing good nutrition for growth and development, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits, and preventing costly and potentially disabling diseases, like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity”. By providing healthy school celebrations, schools and parents will join in the commitment to promote healthy behaviors which will help to reduce student health risks and improve learning. Some ideas for healthy snacks are carrot sticks, apple slices, orange wedges, fruit snacks, popcorn, and crackers.
A district psychologist provides testing services for all schools. Psychological testing is done only with parental permission and results are confidential. This information can be released only upon written permission from the parent.
The therapist screens for speech difficulties and meets weekly with children who are identified as having speech and/or language problems. Pre-school aged children may also qualify for this service.
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
When a student experiences difficulty in any aspect of his/her school life (academically, socially, physically, emotionally), he/she may be referred to the school’s MTSS Team. The team is composed of teachers, resource specialist, the principal or TOSA, and the student's parent/guardian. The team studies the student’s situation and makes recommendations to help alleviate the problem. The MTSS Team is a positive, creative and effective force in finding appropriate solutions to students’ problems at school.
Resource Specialist Program
The Resource Specialist Program includes full-time resource specialists who meet on a regular basis with students who have identified special learning needs. Individual programs are set up to meet a wide variety of individual learning needs (e.g. poor visual memory, weak auditory perception, reversals, etc.)
Limited/Non-English Proficient Program
Assistance is provided to students with no or limited English proficiency. Students for this program are identified for eligibility and progress is carefully monitored.
Special Education Programs
There are special programs for children with identified special needs. Appropriate programs and services are provided as specified in written Individualized Education Programs (IEP) developed
for each student in the special education program. For specific information on the special education programs, contact your local school office. Parents have the right to electronically record the proceedings of an IEP meeting. Twenty-four (24) hours notice is required. (Education Code 56341)
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
Students who are identified GATE are supported by certified teachers during the regular school day.