Hand Foot Mouth Disease

There have been several confirmed cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in the GLPS district. Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a common viral illness that may affect school age children. 

You should contact your child’s physician if the symptoms listed below are noticed. Good hygiene measures, like frequent hand washing, washing contaminated surfaces and clothing are the best way to lower your child’s risk and spread of infection.  Please notify the school if your child has been diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.  


Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Facts:



Including fever, sores in the mouth, and a rash with blisters on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

Mode of Spread

Direct contact with nose, throat, and saliva secretions, fluid from blisters or stool from infected person.

Incubation Period

3-5 days from the last contact with an infected individual. 

Contagious Period

A person is most communicable from 2-3 days before onset of illness until several days after onset. 

Exclusion from School

Children with an active case of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease should be excluded from school during the acute stage of illness including; fever, sores in the mouth or open blisters on the hand and feet.  

Return to School

Your child may return to school after 24 hours of being fever free (without the use of fever reducer medication) and they no longer have open sores or blisters present.


For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html  or refer to this Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Fact Sheet.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Grand Ledge Public Schools