Tuberculosis Information


TUBERCULOSIS (TB) INFORMATION

Effective January 1, 2015, all persons initially employed by a school district who have not been screened for TB in the past 60 days, must have a TB Risk Assessment by a Physician, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, or Registered Nurse.  If no risk factors are identified, a Certificate of Completion must be provided by that provider not more than sixty (60) days prior to the date of being processed and submitted to Human Resource Services Division.

If risk factors are identified, a TB skin test or Quantiferon blood test is to be performed.  If either test is positive, a chest x-ray will be taken.  Once the Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner performing these examinations determines that individual is free from infectious tuberculosis, they will complete the Certificate of Completion with the dates of those results noted.  The Certificate of Completion must be signed within 60 days prior to the date of processing and the x-ray done within 6 months prior to the date of processing.

All San Diego Unified employees, including visiting teachers and all other substitute and temporary employees, shall be required to provide a tuberculosis (TB) certificate of clearance by skin test, Quantiferon blood test or tuberculosis risk assessment form at least once every four years, at least five days prior to the expiration date of their current TB certificate. No employee may work without a valid TB certificate on file showing the employee was examined and found to be free from active tuberculosis. Visiting teachers who allow their certificates to lapse will receive no further assignments from the district’s automated substitute calling system until such time as they have complied with the requirement to renew their certificate and receive approval from Human Resource Services Division to resume employment.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

My TB test has expired.  What do I do?

Contact the School Nurse at your site or your local neighborhood school for their schedule.  An initial TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire will need to be completed in person with the School Nurse. 

If no risk factors are identified, the employee is given a Certificate of Completion.  The Certificate of Completion should be mailed to Annex 9 at the Ed. Center, by fax at 619-686-6650 or email at subhelp@sandi.net.

If risk factors are identified, a TB skin test or Quantiferon blood test is to be performed.  If either test is positive, a chest x-ray will need to be taken.  Once the Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner performing these examinations determines that individual is free from infectious tuberculosis, they will complete the Certificate of Completion with the dates of those results noted.

 

I have a positive TB test and a negative chest x-ray on file.  How does this affect me?

In the past, if you had a positive TB test result and a negative chest x-ray, you have not been required to have a TB skin test every 4 years.

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, we are changing our practice of requiring a TB test every 4 years to completing a TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire with a health professional. You will be included in this practice from now on.  Human Resources will be sending out notifications in the mail.  Expect to receive paperwork notifying you when your questionnaire is due.

 

  • If you are located at a school site, the TB Risk Assessment Questionnaire will be completed in-person with the school site Registered Nurse. A monthly schedule will be posted.

 

  • If you are not at a school site, you can visit the Education Center, main building, Room 2121 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the last Friday of each month.

 

 

Continuing District employees will be reimbursed per District reimbursement procedure up to $10.00.  Please use the link below for directions.


Click here for reimbursement steps

 

Related Forms and Procedures

Administrative Procedure 7065

Adult Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment Questionnaire and Certificate of Completion

 

 If you need further assistance, please contact the TB Hotline at (619) 725-7025.