Control of Communicable Diseases

The district is required to cooperate with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to prevent and control communicable diseases in school-age children.

When there is good reason to believe a student has a contagious or infectious disease, the parent/guardian will be contacted and the student sent home. The student may return to school when well and/or released by a physician. If there is reason to believe a student is suffering from a recognized contagious or infectious disease, the student will be excluded from school until school officials are satisfied that the student no longer has the contagious or infectious disease.

Influenza Activity Update for 2017/2018 Season

Here is some information from the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency: 

Brief Update. Influenza activity is increasing in San Diego County, as well as nationally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that this may be a severe influenza season. There have been no local school-based outbreaks so far this season, but outbreaks can occur and they can be prevented by vaccination and good hygiene. Please promote influenza vaccine to school staff, students, and families. It is not too late to receive flu vaccines because peak influenza activity often persists into late winter and early spring.

Pediculosis Policy (Head Lice)

The problem of head lice (pediculosis) is ongoing and can be difficult to control at home and at school. Even though head lice and nits (eggs) are not a threat to health, they are a frustrating nuisance. Prompt treatment of students with a positive diagnosis of head lice ensures minimal disruption of their education. When a student is identified as having head lice, the student will be sent home at the end of the school day for treatment. It is the responsibility of the parent to treat and control head lice infestation. Key to success in controlling head lice, with small chance of recurrence, is in the removal of all nits after the use of the pediculocide. After treatment at home, it is mandatory for the student to return to school the next day, via the health office, for inspection. The student may return to class provided the head lice have been treated and there are no live lice in the hair, even if nits (eggs) are still present. Parents are encouraged to continue removing nits until the problem is resolved.

Mass screening (school-wide or whole classrooms) is not an evidence-based practice in controlling head lice infestation/reinfestation. Parents/guardians are encouraged to incorporate inspecting their child’s hair as part of their regular hygiene routine. The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) may intervene in case of noncompliance or chronic infestations requiring repeated exclusions from school.

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