Health Notes

Notification of Exposure to Communicable Disease

It is critical that both your day care and the parents be notified in case a child develops a communicable disease.  The parent should notify you if their child has been diagnosed with certain communicable diseases, and you should notify each parent if any child, family member, or staff person is diagnosed with certain communicable diseases.  You can either post or give parents an Exposure Notice which explains what the disease is, how it is spread, when it is contagious, how it is diagnosed and treated, whether the child should stay home and how to limit the spread of the disease.

The confidentiality of the child should be maintained -- you should not report the name of the child who is ill.

You must also notify your local Department of Public Health if the child or person is diagnosed with certain communicable diseases.

Information provided on these pages is not intended to provide medical advice or take the place of medical treatment.  The recommendations do not indicate a course of treatment or medical care.

These are guidelines to develop policies and procedures for preventing, recognizing and managing communicable disease in child care.

The Exposure Notices and other information on these pages are copied from "Keeping Kids Healthy, Preventing and Managing Communicable Disease in Child Care", a project of the The Center for Health Training funded by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division.

Click onto the underlined disease for a printable copy of the Exposure Notice to hand out to the parents for their information.

Communicable Diseases 
Exposure Notice

Chicken Pox 
Hepatitis A
Colds and Flu
Hepatitis B
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Respiratory Infections
Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
 Reye Syndrome
Diarrhea (Infectious)
Ringworm (Tinea)
Ear Infection (Otitis Media)
Infectious Diarrhea
Fifth Disease 
("Slap Cheek," Parvovirus)
German Measles (Rubella)
Streptococcal Infections
(Strep Throat, Scarlet Fever)
Hand, Foot and Mouth Syndrome 
(Coxsackie Virus)
Meningococcal Disease
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Yeast Infections (Thrush)

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