HEALTH OFFICE HOURS
The health office is open during the school year from 7:05 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.
The health office is closed over the summer.
Coxsackievirus (Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease)
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (Coxsackievirus) Fact Sheet
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is caused by one of several types of viruses
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is usually characterized by tiny blisters on the inside of the mouth and the palms of the hands, fingers, soles of the feet. It is commonly caused by coxsackievirus A16 (an enterovirus), and less often by other types of viruses.
Anyone can get hand, foot, and mouth disease
Young children under 10 are primarily affected, but it may be seen in adults. Most cases occur in the summer and early fall. Outbreaks may occur among groups of children especially in child care centers or schools. Symptoms usually appear 3 to 5 days after exposure.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is usually spread through person-to-person contact
People can spread the disease when they are shedding the virus in their feces. It is also spread by the respiratory tract from mouth or respiratory secretions (such as from saliva on hands or toys,, coughing or sneezing). The virus has also been found in the fluid from the skin blisters. The infection is spread most easily during the acute phase/stage of illness when people are feeling ill, but the virus can be spread for several weeks after the onset of infection. According to the School Health Manual and the CDC, the virus is most infectious prior to the onset of symptoms. Therefore, hand hygiene is of the utmost importance.
The symptoms are much like a common cold with a rash
Fever is often the first symptom of the infection. The rash appears as blisters or ulcers in the mouth, on the inner cheeks, gums, sides of the tongue, and as bumps or blisters on the hands, feet, and sometimes other parts of the skin. The skin rash may last for 7 to 10 days.
There is no specific treatment for the virus that causes hand, foot, and mouth disease
Help prevent and control the spread of hand, foot, and mouth disease by:
Pregnant women should carefully wash their hands after handling wet diapers or having contact with urine or saliva.Pregnant women working in childcare centers should not kiss babies or young children on the mouth.Hugging is OK.Pregnant women should ask their doctor about Coxsackie virus infections.
SICK STUDENT POLICY:
GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING SICK CHILDREN HOME FROM SCHOOL
Each day many parents are faced with a decision: should they keep their sick children at home or send them off to school? Often the way a child looks and acts can make the decision an obvious one. The following guidelines should be considered when making the decision:
Fever. The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100°. The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever- reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).
Diarrhea/Vomiting. A child with diarrhea and /or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom-free for 24 hours, unless otherwise specified by the school nurse or licensed health care provider.
Conjunctivitis. Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.
Rashes. Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child’s return to school.
Colds. Consider keeping your child at home if he/she is experiencing discomfort from cold symptoms, such as nasal congestion and cough. A continuous green discharge from the nose may be a sign of infection. Consider having the child seen by your health care provider.
A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child opportunity to rest and recover.