Communicable Diseases and COVID-19A student with a communicable disease will be excluded from school according to Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines. In situations where one or more cases of vaccine preventable disease are present in school, all susceptible persons, including those with medical or religious exemptions, are subject to exclusion as described in the Reportable Disease and Isolation and Quarantine Requirements (105 CMR 300.00). A parent/guardian is responsible for notifying Health Office staff that his/her child has a communicable disease.The Lincoln Public Schools follows the State of Massachusetts' COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance for Children and Staff in Child Care, K-12, Out-of-School Time (OST) and Recreational Camp/Program Settings. If a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, the staff member or the child's parent/caregiver must notify the school nurse. Following a positive test for COVID-19, individuals must isolate for 5 days, where day 0 is the first day of symptoms OR the day the positive test was taken, whichever is earlier. When the nurse is notified of a positive case they will confirm the return to school date.Families and staff should familiarize themselves with the COVID-19 symptoms checklist and individuals should remain at home if symptomatic.COMMUNICABLE DISEASESVARICELLA (CHICKEN POX): Exclusion from school until all spots have dried and crusted over or until no new lesions appear for 24 hours.CONJUNCTIVITIS (BACTERIAL): Student may return the day after treatment has begun.RUBELLA (GERMAN MEASLES): Exclusion from school for 7 days after rash onset. Count the day of rash onset as day zero. Pregnant women exposed to german measles with no definite history of the disease should contact a physician because of hazards during pregnancy.IMPETIGO: Affected student may return to school after 24 hours of treatment.MEASLES: Exclusion from school through 4 days after onset of rash. Count the day of rash onset as day zero.MUMPS: Exclusion from school through 9 days after onset of gland swelling. Count initial day of swelling as day zero.RINGWORM: Student may attend school as long as treatment has begun.SCABIES: Student may attend school after treatment is completed.STREP THROAT: Exclusion from school for 24 hours after beginning antibiotic treatment.PERTUSSIS (WHOOPING COUGH): Exclusion from school for 21 days from onset of cough OR until 5 days after initiation of appropriate antibiotics.
Last Modified on August 29, 2023