Communicable Diseases

  • Communicable Diseases in the School Setting

    • Bacterial Meningitis- student may return to school 24 hours after beginning antibiotic treatment.
    • Bed Bugs - student may return to school after visual inspection.
    • 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.
    • Measles - student may return 4 days aftger onset of rash
    • Molluscum - no exclusion, lesions must be covered.
    • Mononucleosis (Mono)- student may return to school once temperature is below 100 degrees.
    • Mumps - student may return 5 days after onset of parotid swelling
    • 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.
    • Rubella - student may return 7 days after onset of rash
    • 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 and when all symptoms have cleared.

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