Exclusion from School for Health Reasons
To protect all children from communicable illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come to school while they are contagious. Students should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Contact your campus nurse if you are un sure whether or not your child should return to school.
The guidelines below have been developed for the exclusion of students who have communicable or contagious diseases. These regulations are in compliance with the requirements of the local health authority, Plano ISD Administrative Guidelines, and the Board of Trustees’ appointed medical officer.
- A student with any of the following symptoms will be excluded from school until such time as the student is free of symptoms, has been satisfactorily treated, or submits a signed physician’s statement that he/she is not contagious.
- Temperature of 100 degrees or more. Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry.
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Student must be symptom free for 24 hours without medication before re-entry.
- Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw.
- Undetermined rash over any part of the body.
- Undiagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp.
- Red, draining eyes.
- Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection.
- Open, draining lesions.
- The Principal or his/her designee, in collaboration with the school nurse, will notify parents that the student must be excluded for medical reasons.
- It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to transport the student from school to his/her home in a timely manner.
- For readmission, some diseases may require a statement from the student’s physician affirming that the student is not contagious.
For more information:
- Texas Administrative Code, Title 25 Health Services, Chapter 97 - Communicable Diseases
- Texas DSHS Notifiable Conditions
Communicable Disease Information for Parents by Topic
Chicken Pox / Varicella
Most cases of chicken pox these days are very mild in children who have been vaccinated against varicella. It is best to consult your physician if you suspect chicken pox. Your child must remain at home until all of the lesions (pox) are crusted over and there can be no new eruption of lesions in the last 24 hours. He / she must also be fever free for at least 24 hours. This process generally takes about 5 days. Your physician may require a longer period of isolation. A doctor’s note is recommended.
Managing the Flu Season Together
Flu season is typically from October thru mid-May. Preparation is the key. Management is a team effort between parents, students, health care professionals, Plano ISD, and Collin County Health Department. Each plays a vital role in managing the flu season responsibly.
Plano ISD Schools Help by:
- Teaching and encouraging proper hand washing technique.
- Teaching effective coughing and sneeze technique such as cough in your sleeve.
- Posting signs around the campus as a visual reminder.
- Offering free flu vaccine to staff.
- Encouraging all staff to remain home when ill.
Parents help by:
- Having their families vaccinated against the flu.
- Encouraging proper hand, sneeze, and cough techniques be used at home.
- Consulting their health care providers when flu-like illness symptoms begin. Flu like symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, and nasal congestion.
- Keeping their children home when ill.
Students help by:
- Washing their hands for twenty seconds with soap and water before and after eating, after sneezing or coughing into their hands, after using the restroom, after playing outdoors, and any other time their hands are dirty.
- Using Kleenex to sneeze and coughing into their sleeves.
- Not sharing food and drink.
- Encouraging others to do the same.
Collin County Health Department can help when:
- Increased incidences of diagnosed flu or absences related to flu like illness are noted in a particular school.
- Helping plan and making suggestions for managing increased incidences in a particular area.
More information can be found on the following government sites:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Collin County Healthcare Services
- Texas Department of State Health Services
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus “MRSA”
Staphylococcus aureus “Staph” is a bacteria commonly found on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. In the United States,, Staph bacteria are the most common cause of skin infections, causing pimples, boils and abscesses. Rarely, Staph can cause more serious infections leading to pneumonia or blood infections.
Some Staph bacteria have become resistant to common antibiotics, such as penicillin. These more potent bacteria are called “Methicillin-resistant.” In the past, these bacteria were found almost exclusively in hospitals. Recently, “MRSA” is being seen more and more in community settings, and is called community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA.
CA-MRSA usually develops as a skin infection such as a boil or abscess. Often, people describe the initial lesion as a “spider bite.” The involved area is swollen and red, painful, and pus may be present. The lesion will often get worse until proper treatment is begun.
MRSA is usually spread through direct skin-to-skin contact between an infected person and another individual, often on contaminated hands. Factors related to transmitting staph from one person to another include:
- Poor hygiene, especially lack of hand washing
- Close physical contact and crowded conditions
- Sharing personal products
- Contaminated laundry
- Lancing (puncturing/picking/piercing) boils with fingernails or tweezers
- Activities that result in burns, cuts or abrasions or require sharing of equipment
- Intravenous drug use, unsanitary tattoos, and body piercing
- Inadequate access to proper medical care
For more Information visit the web site below:
Information regarding bacterial meningitis is available online from the CDC . The CDC recommends the meningococcal vaccine for all 11 and 12 year olds.
Information from the CDC: This is current information on the increased risk of meningitis for children who receive cochlear implants.
Pertussis - AKA Whooping Cough
Clean Hands - A Critical Issue
Protect yourself and your children from infection. Use the hand hygiene guidelines below, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent or reduce the rate of infection. These simple guidelines can be easily adapted to the school environment and carried through in the home environment.
- Handwashing - The single most important thing we can do
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Hand Washing and Nail Hygiene from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hand hygiene for yourself and your children should occur:
- Upon arrival at school
- Immediately before and after eating
- After using the toilet
- After contacting any body fluids, including wet or soiled diapers, runny noses, spit, or vomit
- After handling pets, pet cages, or other pet objects
- Whenever hands are visibly dirty or after cleaning
- After removing gloves used for any purpose
- Before giving or applying medication or ointment
- Before going home
Recommended Hand Hygiene Techniques:
- Handwashing - Wet hands with water first, apply soap, and rub hands together for at least 20 seconds. Rinse and dry with disposable towel. Use towel to turn off the faucet.
- Alcohol-based hand rubs/gels - Application is the key. Apply to palm of one hand. Rub hands together covering all surfaces until dry. The volume used is based on the manufacturer. Be sure to let it dry.