Control of Communicable Diseases/Immunizations
Control of Communicable Diseases
There are many current communicable diseases or conditions for which children must be excluded from school. The school should be notified if children develop any of these diseases or conditions, including:
- Chicken Pox
- Impetigo Contagiosa
- Lice (Pediculosis) Exclusion lasts until the last child is free from all nits
- Pink Eye (Contagious Conjunctivitis)
- Scarlet Fever
- Strep Throat (Streptococcal infections)
Re-admission of any child to school following such an illness will be determined by the child being symptom-free as well as the possible observance of the exclusion period. The school nurse should be consulted if there are any questions or concerns regarding re-admission to school.
Every student attending school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must be immunized against the following diseases:
- Four doses of diptheria/tetanus vaccine (one dose on or after the fourth birthday); three doses if series started after 7 years of age.
- Four doses of diptheria (one dose on or after the fourth birthday); three doses if series started after 7 years of age.
- Three doses of polio vaccine
- Three doses of hepatitis B vaccine
- Two doses of measles and mumps
- One dose of rubella vaccine
- Two doses of varicella (Chicken Pox) or written statement from physician/designee indicating the month and year of the disease or serologic proof of immunity.
Grades 7 - 12:
- One dose of tetanus/diptheria/pertussis (Tdap)
- One dose of meningitis vaccine (MCV4)
If your child has had the measles or rubella disease, and not the vaccine, the results of a blood test (serology providing immunity) must be presented to the school. If your child has had the mumps disease, and not the vaccine, a written statement from your physician verifying the diagnosis must be submitted. State law requires that proof of immunization, serology results, or doctor's verification must be provided before any child can be admitted to school.