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RSV Update

CDC surveillance has shown an increase in RSV detections and RSV-associated emergency department visits and hospitalizations in Western Washington. Public health is available to provide infection prevention guidance.


At this time, the risk to children and adolescents is low. Find answers to FAQs for schools and childcare here. For current information, please visit our monkeypox page here.

For Schools and Childcare

Communicable disease resources and reporting guidelines for school districts and childcare providers in Island County.

Reporting to Public Health

Schools and childcare facilities are required to notify the local health department of the presence of a contagious disease (WAC 246-110-020) or of suspected or confirmed outbreaks of notifiable conditions (WAC 246-101-415 & 246-101-420). Schools are also asked to report when absenteeism exceeds 10% of the student population. Schools are allowed to report diseases or health concerns that pose a risk to student health and safety under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA 34 CFR § 99.36). Reporting helps prevent spread of disease through early identification and application of control measures. 

​Making a Report

​To report a notifiable condition, call communicable disease staff Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or fax a school abseenteeism report to 360.221.2480. After receiving a report, Island County Public Health can offer guidance on outbreak response. ICPH can also help with drafting letters to notify parents, and provide flyers and other educational materials.

OSPI Infection Control Guidelines​Cleaning & Disinfecting Schools

OSPI guidelines for preventing and controlling the spread of infectious disease in schools.


Guide for K-12 schools with tips on how to clean to help slow the spread of infectious disease.


Encourage children, parents, and staff to take the following everyday preventive actions to prevent disease (CDC).

  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.


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​Confidential Fax: 360.221.8480

For immediately notifiable conditions, please contact us.

Jen Krenz, MS MPH
School Liaison

Melanie Davis, RN BSN
Public Health Nurse
360.678.8246 or 360.499.4023

Shawn Morris, ND
Community & Family Health Manager