Student Health

Health Team and Framework

The role of the health and wellness team, whose positions are in part funded by the Sequoia HealthCare District’s Healthy Schools Initiative, is to address the social, emotional, and physical health of our students and staff. Nurse Abbe Keane and School Counselors Sarah Vincenzo and Todd Patterson work collaboratively across schools. They are driven by the Coordinated School Health and Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child models, which emphasize the importance of integrating health across all aspects of learning - of acquiring knowledge, practicing skills, and changing behaviors at school, home, and in the community.

Help Your Student Stay Healthy

Research has shown that children who are healthy and safe learn better and are more successful students. We encourage students to:

  • Sleep at least 8 hours every night
  •  Eat a hearty, balanced breakfast and drink water
  •  Exercise at least an hour daily
  •  Wash hands regularly - before eating, after using the bathroom, after coughing or blowing one’s nose, after playing. Carry hand sanitizer.
  •  Apply (and reapply) sunblock. Wear a hat and sunglasses. 
  •  Brush teeth at least twice daily
  •  Make time for play!

Immunization Laws and TDAP

Immunization Requirements K-12

Additional Immunization Requirements for 7th Grade

All students enrolling in the Portola Valley School District (PVSD) must satisfy California State Immunization Requirements prior to enrollment. Please see the Shots for School website for a guide to the requirements.

Students enrolling in PVSD from outside of the United States are also subject to the immunization requirements of the State of California and will not be admitted until all requirements are met. We will need proper documentation of your child's immunization with English translation as necessary to verify the records.**Please note: Your child will not receive class placement until all state-required immunizations have been met. For additional questions about the requirements, please call Ormondale School or Corte Madera School at (650) 851-1777.


Suicide Prevention

The Governing Board recognizes that suicide is a leading cause of death among youth and that school personnel who regularly interact with students are often in a position to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to offer appropriate referral and/or assistance. Please click the following link to read the full board policy.

PVSD BP #5141.52  Suicide Prevention

If you are concerned about the wellbeing of your child, please contact your school counselor or administrator or go call 1-800-263-TALK. More resources for suicide prevention are available at Suicide Prevention Prevention Center of California

Contact Us

Abbe Keane, R.N., PHN
District Nurse
[email protected]
(650) 851-1777 x2655

Sarah Vincenzo
Ormondale School Counselor
[email protected]
(650) 851-1777 x2648

Todd Patterson
Corte Madera School Counselor
[email protected]
(650) 851-1777 x2654

Important Health Forms and Guidelines