• Protected Together

  • Communicable Diseases

    Understanding how diseases spread is important for parents of children attending schools. Germs that cause illness can be spread from one person to another through direct contact when people shake hands, hug, sneeze, or cough. Germs can also spread through indirect contact if people touch something with germs already on it, like a doorknob, and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. That's why staying home when sick is important, so we don't spread germs to others. Each illness has specific guidelines about how long individuals should stay home and away from others to avoid further spread. Not following these guidelines can increase the risk of more illnesses in the school setting. 

    We encourage you to take an active role in your child's health by reviewing the comprehensive list of diseases and illnesses and the corresponding return-to-school guidance. This resource will equip you with the necessary information to effectively manage your child's health and contribute to a healthier school environment. 


Learn more about some of these communicable diseases:

  • COVID-19
  • Influenza (the flu)
  • Mpox (monkeypox)