Exposure Notices for Schools and Child Care

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department provides exposure notices for schools and child care centers for certain communicable diseases.

Contact the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department for the following diseases:

After calling us, use the links to access exposure notices in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Click on each disease name to get more information about the disease.

E. coli O157:H7/Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)
Hepatitis A​
Meningococcal disease
Salmonella (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)
Shigella (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)
Typhoid/Paratyphoid Fever (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)​
Vomiting/Diarrhea​ (more than usual number of cases) (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)

**Also call if you suspect an outbreak of any disease.**

You do not need to call the Public Health Department about the following diseases:

Amebiasis (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)
Bedbugs (No exposure notice needed)
Campylobacter (English Spanish / Vietnamese)
Chickenpox (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)
​Clostridioides difficile​ (C. diff) (No exposure notice needed)
Fifth Disease (Erythema infectiosum)(English / Spanish / Vietnamese)
Flu (No exposure notice needed)
Giardia (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)
Head Lice (English / Spanish Vietnamese)
Impetigo (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)
Meningitis (other than meningococcal disease) (No exposure notice needed)
MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) (No exposure notice needed)
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)
Pinworm (English / Spanish Vietnamese
Ringworm (English / Spanish / Vietnamese
Roseola (Sixth disease) (English / Spanish / Vietnamese
Scabies (English / Spanish / Vietnamese)
Shingles (No exposure notice needed)
Strep Throat/Scarlet Fever​ (English / Spanish / Vietnamese

    ​Deciding when a child should stay home or be sent home depends on the illness they are diagnosed with and what symptoms they are having.

    For some diseases, children will need to be sent home right away. For other diseases, children may stay until the end of the day. Some diseases may not require to child to stay home at all.

    You will find instructions on the exposure notices about when to send children home.

    In general, children should stay home if they have a fever of 100.0 °F or above and they should not return for at least 24 hours after the last fever (without fever-reducing medicines).

    Additionally, a child should stay home if they are unable to comfortably participate in classroom learning/activities, or teachers determine that they cannot care for the child without compromising their ability to care for the health and safety of the other children in the group, even if their illness is not listed as an excludable illness.​

    Deciding when a child can return to school depends on the illness they are diagnosed with.

    You will find instructions on the exposure notices about when a child may return to school.

    What you should do depends on the specific illness that the child has. You may need to do one or more of the following: 

    • Print and distribute Exposure Notices
    • Exclude child from school or daycare
    • ​Call the Santa Clara County Public Health Department 

    The school or child care provider can determine where to post the exposure notice so that all parents are notified. You may send the exposure notice home with the child, tape it to the classroom door, email it, and/or post it next to the sign-in/sign-out sheet.​

    If you've had two or more children and/or staff in the same classroom or group with the same illness, that might be an outbreak.​ Notify Santa Clara County Public Health Department, Disease Prevention and Control Program: Phone: (408) 885-4214 

    For childcare providers and preschools only: in addition to the above, call Community Care Licensing within the next working day and follow up in 7 days with a written report (Unusual Incident Report Form Lic 624 for Centers and Unusual Incident Report Form Lic 624B​ for family providers). 

    Phone: (408) 324-2148 or fax (408) 324-2160​​ 

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