Important Announcement

from IIS

Reported Hand Foot Mouth Disease

Dear Parents,

We want to inform you that a case of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) was reported to us on 2nd September 2013 (Monday). It should be noted that the child in question last attended the Integrated International School on August 30th 2013 (Friday). We at Integrated International School will continue our daily routine methods of sterilization, hygiene and disinfection. We would kindly ask that you do the same at home.

HFMD is a childhood disease, which regularly does the rounds in Singapore. Symptoms of HFMD include high fever, rash/blisters on hand or feet and blisters in the mouth. As this disease is mildly contagious, we feel that parents should be aware of necessary measures to be taken.

Parents are advised to do the following:

· Check their child’s hands, feet and mouth for spots or ulcers daily, before school.

· Not to send their child to school if a rash appears, no matter how mild.

· Not to send their child to school if he is sick or had a fever in the night even if the fever

has gone by in the morning. Many fevers start at night, disappear in the morning only

to appear again.

· Not to send their child to school if he does not want to eat. Ulcers in the mouth are

hard to see, but a sure sign that your child is feeling unwell, and goes off his food.

· To report any incidence of HFMD to the school.

· Bring in children no earlier than 8.45am and to pick up children no later than 14:00pm.

This is so children can go directly to their classrooms and we will reduce the large

gathering of children before or after classes, where they mix with children from other


· Obtain a letter from the doctor stating that the child is fit to return to school.

Teachers are advised to do the following:

· Send home any child who appears ill, has rashes, spots on the feet and hands, ulcers in

the mouth, excessive coughing or runny noses, fever of over 37.5 degree Celsius.

· Ask you to keep at home any child who is on medication other than prescription drugs

for certain ailments such as asthma.

· Routinely check the children’s hands, feet and mouth.

· Isolate a child who appears to be unwell and contact the parents.

We thank you for your kind attention and cooperation.

Integrated International School