Emergency preparedness in Mesa Public Schools
The health and safety of students and staff is our top priority
Facts about measles
The recent outbreak of measles in California’s Disneyland has many parents worried about the health of their children. Although 1,000 Arizona residents are currently being monitored for the disease, Mesa Public Schools has no reported or confirmed cases of measles.
Mesa Public Schools is required by law to report cases of measles to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. If a case of measles is confirmed in a school, all unvaccinated students will be excluded from attendance for a minimum of 21 days to stop the spread of the disease.
Protect yourselves and your children by making sure your immunizations are up to date. The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is safe and effective in preventing measles infection.
Two doses are routinely recommended for all children. Children should receive their first dose of MMR vaccine at 12 to 15 months of age and their second dose routinely at four to six years of age.
Up-to-date vaccinations are required by law for entry into childcare and school. By Arizona law, a valid exemption form must be on file for any child who is attending school and not up to date on vaccinations.
Facts about communicable disease prevention and preparation
- Mesa Public Schools has a planned response for communicable diseases that focuses on prevention and preparation. Our response is guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Individual prevention includes taking the same precautions as we do for colds and flu.
- washing hands frequently
- covering coughs and sneezes with shirt sleeves
- not touching your eyes, nose or mouth throughout the day
- avoiding those who are sick
- keeping children home if they are sick
- School- and district-level prevention includes a heightened awareness of "high-touch" surface cleaning.
- door handles
- light-switch areas
- elevator buttons
- restroom surfaces
- school bus handles and seats
- Mesa Public Schools is in regular communication with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the two organizations that monitor our state for the spread of communicable diseases. They will advise us regarding any outbreak developments in Arizona.
- Our health offices will monitor students and staff for known symptoms and will be sending home students and staff members who exhibit these symptoms.
- If a communicable diseases outbreak occurs, the district will report it to the county health department and will work in consultation with the director to determine which protocol steps to enact.
- We will provide you with any new information about communicable diseases through school newsletters, the phone notification system or the district website.