Mono

 Please help us remind kids to use good handwashing and "cover your cough" skills.

There is always a possibility that your child has been exposed to mono.  Mono is caused by a virus that is transmitted through saliva, and kids can be exposed through coughing, sneezing, or sharing a glass/ food utensil with a student that has mono. Incubation from time of exposure to development of symptoms is 4 to 8 weeks, but can be shorter in young children.

Symptoms can include fever,sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, headache, and fatigue. In young children there may be no symptoms.  If your child becomes ill with any of these symptoms he/she she be seen by a doctor. Mono can cause enlargement of the spleen, and restrictions may be necessary for recess/phy-ed class. A doctor's note is needed with a mono diagnosis with restrictions clearly included.

Students diagnosed with mono can return to school as long as they are healthy enough for routine activities.
Children with an enlarged spleen should avoid contact sports until cleared by their healthcare provider.
 
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