Protocol for the Follow Up of a Meningitis Case

I. SUSPECTED MENINGITIS CASE:

If the following occurs:

School notifies Coordinated Student Health Services (CSHS) with information from a parent that a student has a possible case of meningitis.

 

Coordinated Student Health Services will:

  1. Maintain open communication with the Department of Health-Broward and the school, providing updates, as information becomes available.
  2. Advise the school, after conferring with the Department of Health-Broward, what steps should be taken.

School Staff will:

  1. Maintain open communication with CSHS and the Department of Health-Broward.
  2. Implement actions as directed by CSHS and the Department of Health-Broward.

 

Note: The school’s principal should wait until he/she receives notification that the case is confirmed before notifying parents or teachers. The actions taken after the diagnosis will be dependent on whether the case is determined to be viral or bacterial.

II. CONFIRMED MENINGITIS CASE

IF BACTERIAL

Coordinated Student Health Services will:

  1. Notify the school upon receipt of confirmation from the Department of Health-Broward.
  2. Send the fact sheet “The Facts on Meningitis” to the school principal for distribution to school staff, parents and students in the classroom of the child with the confirmed meningitis. (These students and faculty members may be at risk of acquiring the disease. Staff and students will be instructed to see their physicians or the Department of Health-Broward as deemed necessary).

School Staff will:

  1. Send the notification of exposure letter and fact sheet, “The Facts on Meningitis,” to the school staff and parents / guardians of students in the classroom of the child with the confirmed meningitis.
  2. Request additional resources and/or education to assist in addressing staff and parent concerns from Department of Health-Broward and or Coordinated Student Health Services.

IF VIRAL:

Coordinated Student Health Services will:

Notify the school upon receipt of confirmation from the Department of Health-Broward.

School Staff will:

Provide appropriate notification to school staff and parents when requested. (It should be reinforced that this type of meningitis is not contagious).