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Nov 16, 2018
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Health & Wellness: Communicable Diseases

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washing handsThe school nurse is constantly alerted to communicable diseases and strives to prevent their spread. This takes cooperation from parents and students.

From time to time, the nurse may send notices home alerting parents to specific classroom or grade level illnesses, such as head lice, scabies, MRSA, strep infections and chicken pox. Please take the time to read these notices and follow any directions pertinent to your child. Information on common contagious diseases is below:


Flu and Seasonal Flu

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mid to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, can be at high risk for serious flu complications.


The best way to prevent the spread of flu is by getting an annual flu vaccination.

  • Here are other things parents can do to prevent the spread of the flu:
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and teach your children to do this as well.
  • Teach your children to cough or sneeze into their sleeve or the crook of their elbow, NOT into their hands.
  • Anyone who is sick or has flu-like symptoms should stay home to prevent the spread of the illness.


More information on flu:

Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents - a factsheet from the NYS Department of Health.

What everyone should know about Seasonal Flu - NYS Department of Health website

Head Lice (Pediculosis)

Each school has a comprehensive set of procedures to prevent the spread of head lice. Here are key parent responsibilities to prevent the spread of head lice:

  • Teach your children not to share personal items such as hair brushes, combs, hair clips, hats and smocks.
  • When a letter or email from the school comes home saying that a case of head lice has been confirmed in your child’s grade level, please follow the instructions in the letter carefully. These will tell you how to check your child for lice and nits, how to remove these if found, and how to prevent their transmission to others.


More information on head lice: