Letter from Mr Maines

Letter to Parents from Mr. Maines
Posted on 11/08/2018

November 8, 2018

The Douglas Public Schools have been notified of two confirmed cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. One case at the Douglas Middle School and one case at the Douglas High School were confirmed on Wednesday, November 7th.

  Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a common childhood virus caused by different viruses. From exposure it takes 3-6 days for first symptoms to appear. Symptoms begin with a fever, sore throat, runny nose followed by a rash with tiny blisters that may appear in the mouth, inner cheeks, gums, side of the tongue and the top of the mouth. These blisters can also appear on the fingers, palms and the soles of feet. Symptoms can last upwards of two weeks.

If you have concerns, it is best to contact your pediatrician and have your child seen by them for a diagnosis. Best practice is to inspect your child’s mouth for evidence of a rash, sores or blisters. Your pediatrician can provide you with information on a proper treatment plan. The contagious period is usually the first week of the illness, but best policy would be to keep your child home from school should they be experiencing the above symptoms or having been diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease by your pediatrician; as it is usually spread through person to person contact. Your pediatrician or health care provider should identify when it is safe for your child to return to school. Please contact the school regarding your child’s absence and indicate if your child has been confirmed to be experiencing Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.

All schools in the District will be engaged in a thorough cleaning and sanitization process over the next few weeks to control any possible spreading of the virus. Please encourage your child to frequently wash their hands with soap and water throughout the day to minimize exposure to the virus. The custodial staff will continue to sanitize surfaces throughout the next few weeks and by having your child frequently washing their hands during the school day, we can minimize the impacts of spreading the virus. If you have additional concerns please contact the Main Office of the school.

The link below provides access to a fact sheet on Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, included is information on the symptoms and when students are able to return to school.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/infections/Pages/Hand-Foot-and-Mouth-Disease.aspx

The link below provides an overview of common causes of a sore throat (i.e. common cold, strep throat, Hand, Foot and Mouth disease) and helpful hints for differentiating one from the other, as well as treatments.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/ear-nose-throat/Pages/When-a-Sore-Thoat-is-a-More-Serious-Infection.aspx

 

Respectfully,

Kevin Maines, Superintendent

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