Communicable Disease

NYSED Guidance

NYSED Managing Emergency Health Care and Communicable Diseases in the School Setting 2019
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 on the Samples|Forms|Notifications page.

Note: An RN, NP, PA, or physician may exclude any student or staff member who shows signs or symptoms of reportable communicable disease.  A healthcare provider must provide clearance to return to school. 

Communicable Disease Reporting Charts for NYS and NYC

  • NYSDOH Communicable Disease Reporting Chart and Form (Updated 4/20/20)
    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.

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.

Specific Diseases

Enterovirus D68 (EV D68)
Click here for up-to-date information on this respiratory virus.     

NYSED/NYSDOH Memo: Public Health and Education Laws/State Requirements for Vaccinations (Measles Information)

Safe Injection Practices

CDC One and Only Campaign
The 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 protection. 

Page Updated 12/28/21