Upper Grand District School Board


Medical Advisory for EDHS from the Public Health Unit

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SUBJECT: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (Coxsackie Virus)

Date issued: December 10, 2014 


To: Parents, Staff at Erin District High School


From: Control of Infectious Diseases Team, Public Health


There have been two suspect cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease reported at Erin District High School.


What is hand, foot, and mouth disease?


Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common disease in young children. It is caused by a virus (Coxsackie virus). This virus is not related to the virus that causes hoof-and-mouth disease in animals. The disease often breaks out within a community in the summer and fall.

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?


Hand, foot, and mouth disease is usually very mild and symptoms go away with no problems. A person may have the following symptoms: Fever Headache Sore throat Lack of appetite or energy Small, painful blisters in the mouth A skin rash of red spots, often topped by small blisters, may appear on the palms, and soles; between fingers and toes; and occasionally on the buttocks


How does hand, foot, and mouth disease spread?


Hand, foot, and mouth disease is spread by breathing in droplets that are sprayed into the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or talks. It can be spread by direct contact with discharge from an infected person’s nose and throat, or through feces (stool).

How long is a person contagious?


A person with hand, foot, and mouth disease is contagious (able to make others sick) during the first week of the illness. The virus can stay in the stool and spread to others for several months after the blisters and sores have healed. Most cases go away in 7 to 10 days.


What can I do?


There is no vaccine to prevent the disease, and because the disease is caused by a virus, antibiotic drugs don’t work in treating it. You can: Watch for signs and symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease. If you develop symptoms, call your doctor. Drink cool drinks, popsicles, and ice cream. Avoid spicy or acidic foods and drinks such as salsa or orange juice. These foods can make mouth sores more painful.


How to stop the spread of germs: Good hand washing is the best way to stop the spread of disease. Clean your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol handrub. This is most important before you prepare and eat food, and after you cough, sneeze, wipe a nose, use the washroom, or change a diaper. Be aware that the virus can live for a long time in feces. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Do not share food, drinks, toothbrushes, musical instruments with mouthpieces, or eating utensils. Sports teams should not share water bottles or mouth guards.


When can I return to school?


Students with hand, foot, and mouth disease may return to school if they feel well enough to take participate in classes and school activities.


For more information, refer to contact or website: Call: Control of Infectious Diseases Reporting Line

Contact: 519-822-2715 or 1-800-265-7293 est. 4752 / www.wdgpublichealth.ca

Trip Cancelations - December 11, 2014

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  Trips to Toronto scheduled for Dec 11, 2014 have been cancelled due to weather and road conditions.


Bus Cancellations - Dec 11, 2014

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All school buses and school taxis for Dufferin County have been cancelled for today , Dec 11, 2014.  The school is open for those who can safely arrive.

Grade 8 Parents' and Students' Information Night

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Grade 8 Parents’ and Students' Information Night for the 2015-16 school year


Grade 8 students and their parents are invited to learn more about the great opportunities Erin District High School has to offer - from academics to sports, music and art.  Learn more about our English and French Immersion Programs and the registration process on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 for the 2015-16 school year.  7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Theatre.

Please check our website http://www.ugdsb.on.ca/edhs/  in the event of inclement weather.


Digital Saturday - January 24, 2015

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On Saturday, January 24th, from 9 am till noon the Upper Grand District School Board will be hosting a Digital Saturday event at Island Lake ES in Orangeville. This information day is intended to provide parents and the community with information about the technology in our classrooms through a variety of demonstrations and information booths. For more information, please visit: http://www.ugdsb.on.ca/digitalsaturday/