You all helped me out so well last time I decided to come back! So... I have been getting a lot of students come to the clinic with red cheeks, arms, and legs. A few students who I sent home were confirmed to have the 5th disease virus (slapped cheek). As we know, the lacy rash is the only way to tell if a child has had the disease, and by the time you see it they are no longer contagious. The best I can do is identify classes or siblings of students with the tell-tale rash in hopes of preventing it from spreading. We do have a few teachers/staff who are pregnant (including myself ), but our principal already had us go and get blood work done.
Since this occurrence, a lot of teachers have been sending students with rashes down fearing that they may have the disease. I have explained that there if there are no other symptoms (fever/flu-like), they are likely no longer contagious. Though I do notify their parents, should I still send the students home at this point? Our school handbook is very vague with rashes. As long as the rash is not accompanied by fever, excessive itching, or drainage/open areas, I assumed they are ok to remain at school. I sometimes have a hard time calling skin problems when I see them.
How do you deal with 5th disease and rashes at your school?