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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent


Letter To Parents / Guardians Concerning Chickenpox


March 6, 2017 - We are writing to inform you that your child may have been exposed to Chickenpox at school. We have confirmed one case of the varicella zoster virus, which is the virus that causes Chickenpox, at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School. Chickenpox can spread easily from one person to another amongst those who have not had the disease before or who have not been vaccinated against it.

Please watch your child for the following symptoms. If your child has the symptoms below, call your child’s healthcare provider for guidance and keep them home from school. Symptoms usually appear 14-16 days after exposure.

Common Signs and Symptoms:

  • Slight fever, feels tired and weak
  • May report a stomachache
  • Itchy, blistered rash that first appears on the trunk (stomach and back) and spreads to the face, arms and legs. The rash appears to be small water blisters.

In a day or two, the rash will form crusts that will remain for a few days. As the blisters spread, some will be healing as new ones appear. Your child needs to remain home from school until all the blisters are crusted over (your child is contagious until that time).

Please notify the School Health Office at the number below if your child becomes ill with chickenpox.

Please call your school’s Health Office if you have any questions or concerns.

MED Elementary Nurse, Mary-Noelle Fabiano, RN - 518-392-2255 ext. 3004
CMS Nurse, Darcy Simmons, RN - 518-392-1560 ext. 2010
CHS Nurse, Valerie Persons, RN - 518-392-4142 ext. 1006