Communicable disease policy

The administration and teachers are routinely trained in recognizing communicable diseases. The Ohio Department of Health “Communicable Disease Chart” is posted in the Nurse’s Office, Lower School and at the Early Childhood House. Notes will be sent home to all families when any child or teacher has become ill with a contagious disease while in attendance. A child with signs of a communicable disease will be discharged to their parents within one hour. If both parents are unavailable, the persons designated on the emergency form will be called. Until the parents arrive, the child will be kept in isolation from the rest of the group, but within sight of the teacher, administrator or nurse. A form will be sent home with the child detailing his/her symptoms and information regarding his/her return to school.

A child with the following symptoms will be dismissed from school. The child will be readmitted when the symptoms have ceased for at least 24 hours without use of medications.

  1. An oral temperature of 100 degrees or above (99 degrees using the auxiliary method) when in combination with other signs of illness
  2. Diarrhea – (defined as: more watery, less formed, more frequent stools than typical for the child) more than one within a 24 hour period
  3. Vomiting
  4. Lice or other parasitic infestation – the school nurse must clear the child before the child returns to the school
  5. Rashes of undetermined origin
  6. Lethargy affecting the child’s ability to learn
  7. Difficulty breathing, wheezing or rapid breathing, not associated with a pre- diagnosed medical condition
  8. Unexplained blood in stools, unusually dark urine and/or grey or white stool
  9. Discharge, itchiness or redness in the eyes
  10. Severe coughing, causing the child to become red or blue in the face or to make a whooping sound
  11. Sore throat or difficulty in swallowing
  12. Symptoms that are thought to be infectious as listed on the Ohio Department of Health “Communicable Disease Chart”