SANTA ANA : School District OKs New TB Tests Policy

The Santa Ana Unified School District now requires all first-grade students as well as all other students in any grade who are new to the county to be tested for tuberculosis.

The Board of Education adopted the policy this week to meet new county requirements designed to reduce the risk of infections at schools, district spokeswoman Diane Thomas said.

“Because of the increase in cases of active tuberculosis that have been found in the county, this is clearly a positive step for us to be making,” Thomas said.

She pointed out that implementing the policy will not be easy because of the large number of students it will affect. Also, tuberculosis tests require nurses to see each youngster twice within 48 hours.


The new requirements are effective Thursday.

Parents should call their child’s school to find out when and where testing will be done.