The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified some communicable diseases that health care providers, including nurses, must report to the state or local health department. These mandated reporters, such as health care providers, hospitals and laboratories, must report suspected or confirmed
cases of these diseases to the local health department within the number of days or hours indicated in parentheses. Due to the immediate threat posted by some diseases, the diseases listed that are immediately to be reported (within three hours) and those to be reported within 24 hours should be reported by school nurses within those time frames as soon as notified by a parent or the student's health care provider that the disease is present or suspected. Diseases that are to be reported within seven days must be accompanied by a written parental release. Refer to the
Reporting Poster for details.
For additional information, refer to the
IDPH chart on communicable diseases.
In accordance with Public Act 99-0320, the Illinois State Board of Education is part of a statewide PANDAS and PANS Advisory Council. Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections (PANDAS) or Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) is a complicated condition with academic, behavioral, and social/emotional issues. The disease is often, but not always associated with the infection with the streptococcus bacteria, or "strep throat." It is misunderstood and often goes undiagnosed. Students exhibit confusing symptoms associated with signs of mental illness or other behavioral issues. Preliminary data suggest that appropriate treatment early in the course of illness and effective use of antibiotics prophylaxis may be able to prevent up to 25-30 percent of childhood mental illnesses. To learn more about this disorder, go to the
IDPH PANDAS/PANS webpage and download the recent presentation of the PANDAS/PANS Standard of Care Summit held in Springfield on Oct. 4, 2018.