Communicable diseases are those diseases that may be transmitted from person to person, food, water and/or animals and are the most common cause of school absenteeism.
The following procedures and activities should be followed in suspected communicable disease situations in your school.
- In accordance with School Board Policy #5012, if a school board employee has reason to believe that a student has a communicable disease (EXCEPT HIV/AIDS; REFER TO HIV POLICY), he/she shall immediately report this information to his/her principal or designee.
- If a student, suspected of having a communicable disease, is in school, the principal/ designee should remove the student from the classroom and arrange safe placement of the possibly affected student.
- If a school nurse is present, the principal/designee should consult with the school nurse to evaluate the suspected condition of the student. If the school does not have an assigned nurse, the “on call” school nurse may be consulted.
- The principal/designee should notify the parents and recommend that the student see a physician, if not already seen for this condition.
- Upon receiving confirmation by a parent/guardian, healthcare provider, nurse or other responsible source that the student has a communicable disease, the principal / designee should report this information to Coordinated Student Health Services at 754-321-1575. Coordinated Student Health Services will contact Department of Health-Broward with reportable diseases. Please note the attached list of Reportable Communicable Diseases. The following information is required when reporting:
- Student’s name
- Student’s date of birth
- Family health care provider’s name and phone number
- Home phone number
- Name of the suspected communicable disease
- Last day student attended school
- Name of school