Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases in the School Setting

  • Bacterial Meningitis- student may return to school 24 hours after beginning antibiotic treatment.
  • Chicken Pox (Varicella)- student may return to school when all lesions are dry, usually 5-7 days.
  • Conjunctivitis (bacterial pink-eye)- student may return to school 24 hours after beginning antibiotic treatment.
  • Diarrheal Diseases- student may return toschool 24 hours after diarrhea stops or is determined non-communicable by a physician.
  • Fifth Disease (Erythema Infectiosum)- student may return to school once temperature is below 100 degrees.
  • Flu (Influenza)- student may return to school once temperature is below 100 degrees.
  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (Coxsackie Virus)- student may return to school when there are no signs of weeping lesions on hands or blisters in mouth.
  • Head Lice- student may return to school following an application of pediculocide.  No exclusion for nits.
  • Hepatitis A- student may return to school 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
  • Impetigo- student may return to school after completing 24 hours of treatment and all lesions are dry.
  • Mononucleosis (Mono)- student may return to school once temperature is below 100 degrees.
  • MRSA- student may return to school 24 hours after beginning treatment or is deemed non-communicable by a physician.
  • Pinworms- student may return to school after completing appropriate treatment prescribed by a physician.
  • Ringworm- student may return to school 24 hours after beginning treatment.
  • Scabies- student may return to school 24 hours after beginning treatment.
  • Scarlet Fever/Strep Throat- student may return to school 24 hours after beginning antibiotic treatment.
  • Shingles- all lesions must be covered until dry.
  • Viral Meningitis- student may return to school once temperature is below 100 degrees.
  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)- student may return to school after completing 5 days of antibiotic therapy or when all symptoms have cleared.

For other communicable disease information, please contact your school nurse.