Communicable Disease

2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Information for Schools

The NYSDOH/NYSED webinar: An Update for Pre-K- 12 Schools on the Novel Coronavirus held on Friday, February 7, 2020, from 3-4 pm was recorded but is not yet available. Notification will be sent through the NYSCSH email system when it is posted. If you are not subscribed- sign up here.

Letter to School Administrators  Regarding 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)This letter is to provides guidance to schools in light of this new virus as well as federal guidance recently issued from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Schools should share this information with their school nurses and directors of school health services (aka medical directors). (NYSDOH/NYSED 2/5/20)

Coronavirus Parent Letter Template
This template letter to parents shares information on how 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is spread, what symptoms may be seen, and information on screening and prevention. (NYSDOH/NYSED 2/5/20)

Schools should contact their local health department for guidance regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) 

The Medical Director page of this website contains additional communicable disease guidance including information on 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from both the CDC and NYSDOH

NYSED Managing Emergency Health Care and Communicable Diseases In the School Setting 2019  
Provides local educational agencies with a framework for establishing a health services program that provides the services and information required under New York State Education Law Article 19. It provides guidance for developing emergency health care and communicable disease protocols for schools. This document is intended for use by school health personnel and administrators. (11/14/19)

Customizable NYSCSH Resources for communicable disease notification are located on the Samples|Forms|Notifications Page.

Communicable Disease Reporting Charts for NYS and NYC

NYSDOH Communicable Disease Reporting Chart and Form.
Reporting of suspected or confirmed communicable diseases is mandated under the NYS Sanitary Code (10NYCRR 2.10). Although physicians have primary responsibility for reporting, school nurses may also be required to report communicable diseases. The school medical director where required by law should be consulted.

Communicable Disease Reporting Requirements- NY City- Reporting chart for NYC

Fact Sheets And Disease and Conditions Resources

NYSDOH Controlling Communicable Disease in the  Child Care Setting
Provides an overview of common communicable diseases, incubation, modes of transmission, exclusion information and reporting requirements. This resource is provided by the NYSDOH and has been reformatted to 8.5 X 11 format with permission of the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Immunization | Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. Exclusion recommendations for a confirmed disease should be reviewed and approved by the school medical director to assure they meet current best practice guidelines. (NYSCSH, 6/2019).

NYSDOH Controlling Communicable Disease in the Child Care Setting Poster|Wall Chart Order form.

New York State Department of Health Disease Fact Sheets

NYSDOH Outbreak Control Guidelines for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases-Includes guidance for Diptheria, HIB, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis, Rubella, Tetanus, and Varicella. 

Emergencies Involving Communicable Disease

Readiness and Emergency Response Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Site for Infectious Diseases
The REMS TA Center offers a variety of resources related to infectious disease planning and everyday infectious disease control in schools. Click on the infectious disease types below to access more resources for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.

Specific Diseases

Safe Injection Practices

"One and Only" Campaign educates patients and health care providers about the risk of infectious and non-infectious adverse events associated with a wide variety of procedures and settings. Safe injection practices are part of Standard Precautions and are aimed at maintaining basic levels of patient safety and provider protections.

Updated 2/11/20