A message from our school nurse – watch for Coxsackie Virus

Elementary School Nurse Katie Johnson shares the following to help all BKW students stay healthy:

Much like several schools in the Capital Region, we have seen an increase in Coxsackie Virus (Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease) here at BKW. It is often difficult to determine if someone has this virus due to the fact that symptoms do not usually appear until after they have been exposed to the virus. This virus is contagious. We are asking for your partnership in addressing this issue by reminding your child/children to wash their hands thoroughly and often, not to share personal objects such as water bottles and please do not send your child to school should they present with any of the symptoms below. These healthy habits are not just important now, but always to help prevent the spread of germs and illnesses (Flu season is just around the corner). Reinforcing these simple habits at home will help to make them a regular habit for your child.

Please watch your child for the Coxsackie Virus symptoms listed below. If your child has the following symptoms, please call your child’s healthcare provider for guidance.

Symptoms usually appear 3 -5 days after exposure.

Common Signs and Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Poor appetite
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

A blister-like rash on the hands, feet and in the mouth usually develops one to two days after the initial symptoms

Children with a rash and a fever should not attend school.
Hand Foot and Mouth disease is contagious, and it is best controlled by diligent hand washing.
Please call the school’s Health Office if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.