Days after several cases of Hand,Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) prompted a leading school in the Capital to close its nursery wing,another school DPS Vasant Kunj suspended classes till standard VI on account of the virus.
Classes from nursery to VI shall be closed till October 4,2013,as a preventive health measure, a circular issued by the school on its website stated.
A couple of cases of HFMD were reported from the school in the last few days due to which the nursery wing was shut down on Monday. The authorities decided to call off classes till standard III on Wednesday as an added precaution since this year,cases of primary schoolchildren catching the virus also came to light. This was extended till standard VI today, a teacher at the school said.
The teacher added that the move was entirely precautionary and was taken keeping the interest of students in mind. The school principal did not respond to repeated calls and messages.
On September 23,the upscale Sardar Patel Vidyalaya in Lodhi Estate closed its nursery wing till October 16 after eight students reportedly contracted the virus. Although no other school suspended classes,several schools have issued health advisories and sent mails to parents,apprising them of the symptoms of the infection.
A recent guideline issued by the Delhi-based National Centre for Disease Control has,however,termed the closure of schools as highly unnecessary.
If closure is necessary,just close the affected class. Closure of the whole school is unnecessary as HFMD in older children is usually very mild and no complication has been documented from this age group, the guideline states.
The guideline alerts schools to look out for fever,rashes or blisters on the palms and soles of children as symptoms of the infection.