Parents — In recent days we have been made aware of several confirmed cases, and other probable cases, of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) among students in the District. While this is typically not a serious disease, it is highly contagious and therefore can spread quickly in school environments. HFMD is most common in infants and children younger than 5 years old, but it can occur in older students. Most have mild symptoms for 7 to 10 days.
Moving forward, we ask that you monitor your children daily for symptoms of HFMD including: fever, loss of appetite, sore throat, skin rash (especially on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet) and mouth sores. If your child is exhibiting these symptoms, please do not send them to school. Mild symptoms can typically be treated at home, though sometimes a visit to a physician is necessary if symptoms are more severe and do not improve after 10 days.
Students who have contracted HFMD will not be allowed to return to school until no new sores appear and other symptoms have disappeared.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation,
Jared Field – LCS Director of Communications