The AASD adheres to health policies and disease control procedures for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of all students and employees. These procedures will be maintained in cooperation with city, county, and state health departments and in accordance with Wisconsin State Statutes. When a reportable communicable disease is known or suspected within the school environment, the District will contact the appropriate health department.
Board Policy 453.3
Handwashing Resources for Kids
Wash Your Hands
Put Your Hands Together from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Wash Your Hands from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Pertussis Fact Sheet
Pertussis Fact Sheet - Hmong Translation
Pertussis Fact Sheet - Spanish Translation
Cold Versus Flu
Wisconsin's Flu Resource
Seasonal Influenza: Flu Basics
Flu Pandemic Preparedness
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Measles is the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses. It is a serious infection that causes fever, cough, a rash, sore eyes, and occasionally dangerous complications. Measles spreads very easily, so it is important to protect against infection. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent measles.
Specifically, to have the best protection against measles, two doses of MMR vaccine are required. As part of the childhood immunization
program the first dose of vaccine is required between 12 -15 months and the second dose before entering school, at 4 – 6 years.
It is important for you to check your child’s immunization records to make sure he/she has received two doses of MMR vaccine. Measles can spread easily to and from unimmunized children. In addition to being at risk for getting sick if exposed to measles, children with one or zero doses of MMR will not be able to come to school for two weeks if exposed. If you believe that your child needs the MMR vaccine, please call your health care provider or local health department.
If your child does develop a rash with a fever, they should not attend school and you should call your health care provider. Please tell the clinic you suspect your child may have measles. It is important to call the clinic or hospital before taking your child in.
Please remember – the best way to protect your child is to ensure they have had two doses of MMR.
Measles Fact Sheet
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Measles Health Advisory
Head lice are tiny, wingless, gray-brown, hairy, flat insects that live in human hair, generally on the scalp. They are very small (1-2 mm. in length). Lice hatch from small eggs, called nits, which attach very firmly with a glue-like substance to the hair shaft. Head lice are commonly referred to as a nuisance condition because they rarely cause any serious medical concern. However, live lice are communicable and can result in secondary infection to the scalp if not properly treated.
Because the schools bring large numbers of children into close contact daily, the transmission of head lice may occur. Control depends upon prompt case finding, proper administrative handling of each case, and effective treatment.
Specific guidelines have been developed for the treatment of head lice and/or nits in the Appleton Area School District. These guidelines include parent notification, treatment instructions, and parent responsibilities. Any student found to have live head lice will be sent home from school for treatment in accordance with established guidelines.
Lice Fact Sheet