School Personnel Resources

Updated: 8/26/2014 01:42:06 PM

The Waukesha County Public Health Division recognizes that schools deal with many public health issues. School personnel will find resources listed on this page on public health topics as they relate to schools.

Wisconsin Student Immunization Law

The Waukesha County Public Health Division provides information to assist schools in meeting the requirements of the Wisconsin Student Immunization Law (Chapter 252, Wis. Stats. and HFS 144 Wis. Admin Code). The information supplements the directions found in the Wisconsin School Immunization Requirements booklet distributed by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Division of Public Health; please refer to the booklet for additional essential guidance or go to the state’s website to access the information at

Immunization Quick links:

Waukesha County Immunization Program
Waukesha County Flu Information
Wisconsin Immunization Program
CDC Vaccines & Immunizations
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

 Communicable Diseases & School

What are communicable diseases and why must they be reported?

A communicable disease is an illness that can be transmitted from person to person. Examples of communicable diseases include tuberculosis, E. coli O157:H7, chickenpox, pertussis (whooping cough), measles and mumps.

Reporting of communicable diseases is required by Wisconsin State Statute 252.05 and Wisconsin Administrative Code HFS 145. School and daycare personnel are required to report suspicion of communicable diseases to the local health department.

For a list of all the reportable diseases in Wisconsin click here.

How are communicable diseases reported?

School personnel can report communicable diseases to the Waukesha County Public Health phone at 262-896-8430, fax at 262-896-8387, or mail to 514 Riverview Avenue, Waukesha WI 53188.

What happens when a communicable disease is reported?

Waukesha County Public Health Division is the agency designated by state law to receive reports of communicable disease in Waukesha County residents. Upon receipt, an investigation is conducted to determine the source of infection and to prevent further disease spread in the community.


Communicable Disease Quick Links:

Waukesha County Communicable Disease Program
Waukesha County STD Program
Wisconsin Communicable Disease Fact Sheets
Wisconsin Communicable Disease Chart for Schools and Daycares
CDC Disease & Conditions
Wisconsin Guide for GI Outbreaks in Schools

Pertussis Oubreak

Waukesha County began to see an increase in reported cases of pertussis in October 2011. Pertussis cases reached outbreak level and the outbreak continued through 2012. In 2011, there were 111 cases of pertussis, most of them in the last quarter of the year. In 2012, there were 477 cases of Pertussis. In a non-outbreak year, Waukesha County sees an average of 27 cases of pertussis. Since the beginning of 2013 the number of reports are declining, but remain a concern.  There were 80 cases of Pertussis in 2013.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidance for the use of prophylactic antibiotics following contact with someone with pertussis.  Broad-scale use of preventative antibiotics is no longer recommended.  Antibiotics to prevent pertussis are now recommended only for household contacts, individuals at highest risk of developing severe pertussis, and individuals who have close contact with persons at highest risk of developing severe pertussis.

A substantial change involves contacts to pertussis in the school setting.  Prophylactic antibiotics are no longer recommended for close contacts of a pertussis case in a school setting unless the close contact is at high risk of severe pertussis or has contact with someone at high risk of severe pertussis.  All other close contacts should be checked for symptoms and referred for testing and treatment if symptoms develop.

The revised guidance has been adapted by the Wisconsin Division of Public Health and Waukesha County Public Health Division. 

Click here for the Summary of Updated Pertussis Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Guidelines

The control of pertussis requires the combined efforts of school personnel, parents, health care providers and the local public health agency. The Waukesha County Public Health Division provides guidance and resources for school personnel regarding the management of pertussis in the school setting.

Click here for Pertussis Follow-up in the 2013-2014 School Year

Click here for a Fact Sheet on Pertussis

Click here for template notification letter for possible exposure to pertussis


Antibiotics are available to prevent and treat pertussis
Babies are at high risk of serious illness if they catch pertussis
Vaccination is the best protection against pertussis  

Other Health Concerns in Schools

The Waukesha County Public Health Division requests that schools report cases of head lice and scabies, and excessive absenteeism to assist in monitoring the health of the community. 

Use the Head Lice and Scabies form to report the number of cases you find or are reported to you.

Use the Absenteeism form to report excessive absenteeism in the school when an unusual number of students describe having similar symptoms, or the absentee rate is above the norm.

Please fax these forms to the Public Health Division at (262) 896-8387. 

Head Lice Information

Guide for the Prevention, Control and Treatment of Head Lice Infestations in Schools

English Materials

Spanish Materials

REporting Forms:

Head Lice & Scabies

Additional Information:

Bed Bugs
Animal Bites


Public Health Notes for Schools

To assist with health education objectives, the Waukesha County Public Health Division provides schools with Public Health Notes for use in school newsletters and other communications.

Public Health Notes will be posted here. Please check back often for new topics.


Public Health notes:

Adolescence and Drug Use
Backpack Safety
Preparedness Plans for Families
Football Head Injuries
Healthy & Timesaving Meal Ideas
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Meningococcal Disease
Portable Pool Safety
Adolescent Vaccinations

If further information is desired, please contact the Public Health Division at 262-896-8430, or toll-free at 1-800-540-3620. TTY/TDD 262-896-8234

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact a medical professional or call 911.