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Posted: November 3, 2017

There have been reported cases of chickenpox in school. Chickenpox is generally a mild disease and is usually self-limiting, however, it is classified as an airborne transmitted disease and therefore highly contagious.

What to look for:

  • Low grade fever
  • Itchy skin rash first appearing as flat spots that later develop into vesicles
  • Incubation period 2-3 weeks
  • Infectious period 1-2 days before rash appears until all vesicles have dried and crusted over
  • Recovery in 2-4 weeks

Although chickenpox is generally a mild disease, those who are pregnant or have a weakened immunity are more at risk for complications and should seek medical advice if in contact with the chickenpox virus. Any student who has a confirmed case of chickenpox will be asked to complete a questionnaire on their return to school. Please inform the school should your child contract chickenpox.

For further information on chickenpox please refer to the CHP website:

Thank you for your assistance, your diligence will help to keep our students safe and healthy.