Communicable Disease Regulations

Guidelines for readmission of students, staff, and volunteers absent from school with infectious diseases or conditions:

  1. Diphtheria- Two weeks from onset or until appropriate negative culture tests.
  2. Measles- Four days from the onset of rash. Exclusion may also be ordered by the Department of Health.
  3. Mumps- Nine days from the onset or until subsidence of swelling.
  4. Pertussis (Whooping Cough)- three weeks from the onset or five days from institution of appropriate antimicrobial therapy.
  5. Rubella (German Measles)- Four days from the onset of rash.
  6. Chickenpox- Five days from the appearance of the first crop of vesicles, or when all the lesions have dried and crusted, whichever is sooner.
  7. Respiratory streptococcal infections including scarlet fever- At least 10 days from the onset if no physician is in attendance or one dose of antibiotics and 12-18 hours after institution of appropriate antimicrobial therapy, if afebrile.
  8. Infectious conjunctivitis (pink eye)- until judged not infective; that is, without a discharge.
  9. Ringworm- The person shall be allowed to return to school immediately after the first treatment if body lesions are covered. Neither scalp nor body lesions that are dried need to be covered.
  10. Impetigo contagiosa- Twenty-four hours after the institution of appropriate treatment.
  11. Pediculosis capitis- The person shall be allowed to return to school immediately after first treatment. The person shall be reexamined for infestation 7 days posttreatment.
  12. Pediculosis corpora- After completion of appropriate treatment.
  13. Scabies- After completion of appropriate treatment.
  14. Trachoma- Twenty-four hours after the institution of appropriate treatment.
  15. Tuberculosis- Following a minimum of two weeks adequate chemotherapy and three consecutive sputum smears, if obtainable. In addition, a note from the attending physician that the person in non-communicable shall be submitted prior to readmission.
  16. Neisseria meningitis- Until judged non-infective after a course of Rifampin or other medication which is effective against the nasopharyngeal carriage state of this disease, or until otherwise shown to be non-infective.

Fever
Any student with a temperature greater than 100 will be excluded from school. Students may return to school after remaining fever-free for 24 hours, without fever reducing medication (i.e. Tylenol, Ibuprofen).

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (5th Disease)
May return to school upon recommendation of the health care provider. If the student is not assessed by a health care provider and presents with a rash/ no fever, does not have to be excluded but will need to be followed up by a health care provider and return to school with a provider note. If diagnosed by a health care provider and is fever-free for 24 hours but still presents with rash, may return to school.

Mononucleosis
May return to school upon recommendation of the health care provider, with any guided instructions.

MRSA

Possible Infectious Wound: Parent/ Guardian will be notified of a possible skin infection. The nurse will refer the student to be further evaluated for a diagnosis and treatment by a licensed health care provider.
Confirmed Diagnosis: Parent/ Guardian to provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of confirmed diagnosis. Unless directed by a licensed health care provider, MRSA infectious students should not be excluded from attending school.

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