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Stop the Spread of Disease

In order to protect students from the possible spread of disease, please do not send your child to school when he/she is ill. You should keep your child home if any of the following symptoms are present: fever (Temperature of 100.4 °F or higher), subjective chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or red inflamed eyes. 

The health assistant may send your child home for symptoms of illness, even without the presence of a 100.4 °F or greater temperature if their symptoms prevent them from participating in class. Students who are absent from school the day of an activity may not attend the activity. This would include but not be limited to: an afternoon classroom party; a middle school dance or sporting event; an after-school enrichment club; Kids Club care after school.

Notification to parents regarding communicable/Infectious diseases

The school principal, in consultation with a district nurse, determines when and to whom communicable disease notification letters will be sent. Generally, if there is a physician-confirmed case of communicable illness in a classroom, a letter is sent to all parents of children in that classroom. If 10% of the school population has been confirmed by a physician and/or MCDPH to have a certain communicable disease, a notification letter is sent home to parents of the entire student body. Articles may be placed, as needed, in school newsletters to alert parents about specific communicable diseases in the school.  

Additional Web Resources

AZDHS Emergency Guidelines for Schools

AZDHS Injury Prevention

AZDHS Disease Flip Chart

Guidelines of the Delivery of Specialized Health Services in the School Setting