Governor Brown recently signed legislation, Assembly Bill (AB) 1667, affecting how school districts facilitate Tuberculosis (TB) testing. Effective January 1, 2015, school districts have been directed to replace universal TB testing (traditional ‘stick’ method) with a risk assessment questionnaire. The following protocol for TB Clearance will now be used:
- Initial TB risk assessment questionnaire completed along with a PUSD Resource Nurse.
- If no risk factors identified, the employee or volunteer is given a Clearance Certificate.
- If risk factors are identified, the Resource Nurse will administer and read the TB skin test.
- If skin test is negative, Resource Nurse will sign the Clearance Certificate.
- If skin test is positive, the individual will be directed to see their physician for TB clearance.
This new procedure is based on an assessment of risk strategy. It is supported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the California Conference of Local Health Officers and the California Tuberculosis Controllers Association (CTCA).
PUSD Resource Nurses will be utilizing the TB risk assessment questionnaire at subsequent TB clinics. Upon request, a traditional examination, including a TB test, may be completed instead of submitting to a TB risk assessment.
AB 1667, in its entirety, can be found on the following website:
Please review the TB Clinic Schedule and if you have further questions about the TB Clinic please call Health Services at (858) 521-2812.
Click HERE for the TB schedule