Contagious Illnesses and Returning to School

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Communicable Disease


  Your child can return to school:


  Chicken Pox/Shingles

  (Varicella)

  Five days from the appearance of the first crop of vesicles, or when all the lesions have dried and crusted, whichever is sooner


   Conjunctivitis

  (Pink Eye) 

  The child can usually return to school 24 hours after an antibiotic or until judged not infective; that is, without a discharge


  Diphtheria


  Two weeks from the onset or until appropriate negative culture tests

  Fifth’s Disease (Parvovirus)


  After the child gets the rash, they are likely not contagious and can return to school.  A child is most contagious when it seems like they have "just a cold" and before they get the rash or joint pain and swelling that are indicative of Fifth’s Disease.


    Hand/Foot and Mouth


  After 7 days or after signs and symptoms of illness disappear

 

   Head Lice  (Pediculosis capitis)


  Immediately after appropriate treatment


  Impetigo


  Twenty-four hours after the institution of appropriate treatment

 

  Measles


  Four days from the onset of rash


  MRSA (methicillin- resistant     staphylococcus aureus)


  After the wound covered and the child is following healthcare provider’s treatment plan, including completion of any antibiotics prescribed

  Mumps


  Nine days from the onset or until subsidence of swelling


  Pertussis (Whooping Cough)


  Three weeks from the onset or 5 days from institution of appropriate antimicrobial therapy

  Ringworm


  Immediately after the first treatment, if body lesions are covered


  Rubella


  Four days from the onset of rash


  Scabies


  After completion of appropriate treatment


  Respiratory streptococcal   infections (Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever)


  Twenty-four hours after institution of appropriate antimicrobial therapy

  Trachoma


  Twenty-four hours after institution of appropriate treatment


  Tuberculosis


  Following a minimum of 2 weeks adequate chemotherapy and three consecutive negative morning sputum smears.  In addition, a note from the attending physician that the person is non-communicable shall be submitted prior to readmission.

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