Schools and child care centers must continue to play an important role in controlling the
spread of communicable disease.
By enforcing the state communicable disease
regulations, excluding children who are ill, and promptly reporting all suspected cases
of communicable disease, personnel working with children can help ensure the good
health of the children in their care.
Be alert for signs of illness such as elevated temperature, skin rashes, inflamed eyes,
flushed, pale or sweaty appearance. If a child shows these or other signs of illness, pain
or physical distress, he/she should be evaluated by a health care provider. Children or
staff with communicable diseases should not be allowed to attend or work in a school or
child care setting until they are well.
(Missouri Department of Health Communicable Disease Guide)