13 October 2017
Health Update – Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
We would like to draw your attention to the recent increase in Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) in Hong Kong. We request that you remain vigilant to the symptoms of HFMD and inform school immediately if you suspect that your child has contracted the virus.
Parents must screen their children daily for symptoms before they are dropped off for school.
A child with any of the following symptoms should not be sent to school and should be checked by their doctor promptly:
- fever and a sore throat
- ulcers or sores inside or around the mouth, on the tongue or throat
- rash or blisters on the hands, feet or buttocks
If HFMD or other infectious disease has been diagnosed, students should receive a doctor’s note confirming they are no longer contagious before they return to school.
In addition, the following measures are advised:
- build up good body immunity by having a proper diet, regular exercise, and adequate rest
- maintain good personal and environmental hygiene
- keep hands clean: wash and dry them properly
- cover your nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing and dispose of tissues properly
- maintain good ventilation
The welfare of the students at Mills International Preschool is paramount and we would appreciate your full support in adhering to these guidelines. In school we will continue to provide stringent hygiene and safety standards, checking all temperatures at the beginning of each school session and ensuring regular hand washing.
If you have any concerns about your children, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.
Ms Deirdre McCloskey