DISEASE SYMPTOMS EXCLUSION PERIOD

Control of Communicable Diseases

Chicken pox

Chicken Pox appears as eruptions of the skin, which resemble pimples that soon, become filled with fluid. These dry up in a few days and form scabs. These spots, which may be few or many, usually appear first on the body and later may occur on the face. The disease is contagious from six days after onset of rash until after all pox and blisters have scabbed. All crusts and scabs need not have fallen off.


Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

Symptoms of pink eye include: red, inflamed, itchy, burning or discharging eyes. A child should be free from all symptoms before returning to school.

 
Rubella (German measles)

German measles usually begin with a light rash that may be preceded by symptoms like those of a cold. The child's eyes may be red and the throat may be sore. The child is contagious from detection of fever and cold symptoms until five days after appearance of rash. The child must be free from all symptoms before returning to school.

 
Rubeola (red measles)

The disease usually begins with head cold-like symptoms--runny nose; sneezing; red, watery eyes; fever; and a persistent cough. In three or four days, a red, blotchy rash appears. The disease is contagious from the time the fever and cold symptoms are detected until five days after appearance of rash. The child must be free from all symptoms before returning to school.

 
Mumps

Symptoms of mumps include soreness and swelling of glands located below and a little in front of the ear. The disease is communicable until six days after onset, and when all swelling of the glands has subsided.


Scarlet fever (including strep throat)

The disease usually begins suddenly with a sore throat, vomiting, and fever, followed within a day or so by a fine, red rash. One or more of these signs are sometimes absent. Attendance at school is regulated by the family physician.

Children who may have the diseases listed on this page or any other contagious disease must be kept at home until cleared by the family physician. If a child is ill with a communicable disease, the parent should notify the school nurse.