Exclusion from school is not required as long as the individual is feeling well and the affected area is covered. For more information, please refer to https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/infectious-diseases/fact-sheet-shingles-herpes-zoster.html.
Communication Letter (Recommended this be distributed if two or more cases are present)
School and Address
This letter is to inform you that chickenpox has been identified at our school. This disease is spread by direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets or droplets that are released in the air by coughing or sneezing, and/or coming in contact with the rash. Someone can pass on the virus 1-2 days before their rash occurs and until all their rash has crusted over. Symptoms to watch for are fever, itchy rash, red spots that become fluid filled and then crust over in a few days, feeling tired, a cough and runny nose.
Steps to prevent an infection should always be followed. Remind your child to practice proper hand hygiene, to cough or sneeze into their sleeve, discard used kleenexes properly and keep your child home if at any time they show symptoms of an illness. Immunization will also significantly reduce risk.
If you would like more information about chickenpox, please check out this fact sheet at: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/CDPC/cdc/documents/Chickenpox-General-Information.pdf .
For specific questions, contact a health care provider, 811, or Public Health.