Communicable Diseases and Infections

Students are expected to be in compliance with the required immunization schedule that is put forth by the State of Nebraska to avoid many of the communicable diseases. Children who are obviously ill or who are known to have a communicable disease shall not attend class during the course of the illness. Any student with a temperature of 99.6° or higher will be excluded from school. That student should not return for 24 hours after they are fever free without the aid of medication.  Following are some of the common communicable/infectious diseases for which students could be excluded from school, depending on medical recommendation:

Measles (rubeola) Scabies
Impetigo  Streptococcal Infections
Chickenpox Ringworm
Pink Eye (conjunctivitis) Head Lice
Three Day Measles (rubella)   Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
Mumps Hepatitis A
Pertussis (whooping cough) Fifth Disease
MRSA Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Meningitis
 

One of the primary roles of the school nurse is to prevent disease from occurring through the monitoring of immunizations, promoting good hand hygiene, and enforcement of environmental controls for blood borne pathogens.  Lexington Public Schools work in cooperation with the local medical community and Two Rivers Public Health Department for the prevention and containment of communicable disease in our schools.