Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Strikes Again

Yesterday, one of the six year old kindergarten students was feverish. Upon closer examination, he had the distinctive hand, foot and mouth disease spots in his mouth.

When the elementary student got ill, I was worried but at least a 10 year old has gotten down the rudiments of basic hygiene. Kindergarten kids most certainly do not. Today someone came in to sterilize the air (not sure how this helps) while we were all in class. The man was vaguely amused when my students said "hello!"All of my little girls' hands were inspected at lunch and notices taped to their lunch boxes for their parents. When one of my students asked what was happening, I tried to explain it in words that a 6 year old ESL student could understand. M. (the student sent home) is very sick. He is going to be okay. We just want to make sure that no one else will get sick. If you don't feel good or you see spots on your hands or feet, please tell me quickly. They also examined the Korean note on their lunch box which seemed to help their confusion. I did my best to be very calm and soothing since everyone seemed a little unnerved by all of the things happening that were out of the ordinary. I focused the class on our new storybook and did funny voices while reading it through.

I have never used so much hand sanitizer in my life.


Nancy K said...

Don't get too obsessed about this Alex. I know how you get.

Alex said...

Shhhhhhhhhhhhh. Health is important!