Communication Notice (recommended to be distributed if two or more cases are present)
We have been advised of a suspected case(s) of fifth disease in our classroom/school. While fifth disease can be a nuisance, it is a common childhood condition. Exclusion from school is not required and students can return once they are feeling well.
Parent/guardians are encouraged to watch their child for signs of fifth disease which include fever, headache and feeling more tired than usual, followed by the appearance of a “slap cheek” looking rash on the face and a lace-like rash on the body, arms and legs.
If you suspect your child may have fifth disease, please contact a health care provider for treatment if needed or 811 for advice. To find out more, check out this fact sheet on fifth disease at: https://811.novascotia.ca/health_topics/fifth-disease-erythema-infectiosum/.