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School Health Surveillance and Disease Reporting

The Division of Epidemiology - Disease Surveillance and Investigation coordinates with the School Health Nursing Program to monitor infectious diseases in District of Columbia schools. When a reportable communicable disease is confirmed or suspected among students, faculty, and staff members, a protocol is in place to monitor and minimize the spread of infectious diseases.

How to report a case?

For School Nurses and Staff

  • Refer to the list of reportable diseases in the District of Columbia to determine which illnesses are reportable
  • Report any unusual number of cases (3 cases or more that occur within 7 days) of illness whether reportable or not
  • Fill out the Notifiable Disease Case Report Form (CRF) electronically
  • Gather clinical documents (such as the return to school slip signed by a physician, discharge document or picture of the prescribed medication)
  • Fax to (202) 442-8060 or upload the supporting documents in the CRF (if available)
  • Please contact us via phone at (202) 442-5893 during office hours or email us at schoolhealth.epi@dc.gov if you have any questions at any time

Note: Cases of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases should be reported to the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA).

For Parents or Guardians

  • Please consult a health care provider if your child gets sick
  • Report the illness to the school/child care center if your child is diagnosed with a disease
  • Provide any available supporting documents (such as the return to school slip signed by a physician, discharge document or picture of the prescribed medication) to the school/child care center
  • Keep your child at home when recommended to prevent the spread of illness

Other Helpful Resources

Service Contact: 
Center for Policy, Planning and Evaluation Division of Epidemiology- Disease Surveillance and Invest
Contact Phone: 
(202) 442-5893
Contact TTY: 
711
Contact Suite #: 
5th Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 4:45 pm