Below is a summary of this viral infection. To protect the health of others, watch for early warning signs and symptoms, which may include:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain, or a vague sick feeling
  • Skin blisters

Please remember that if your child has a fever you must keep him/her home, and in the case of chicken pox, all blisters must be scabbed over prior to returning to school (approximately 1 week). This will help to prevent the spread of this and other contagious diseases.

If at any time your child is diagnosed or you suspect your child has a contagious disease like chicken pox, strep throat, fifth disease, roseola, etc you must report it to the school office per Maricopa County Health Regulations. It is important that we inform anyone who may have been exposed.

Any child with chicken pox must remain out of school until all blisters scab over and the child no longer has a fever. Children may not return to school while they are contagious.

If you have any questions please contact the school office at (602) 243-6909 or

Chicken pox is a viral infection that causes a blister-like rash on the surface of the skin and mucous membranes. Chicken pox blisters usually appear first on the trunk and face, then spread to almost everywhere else on the body. Chicken pox blisters are about 1/5 inch to 2/5 inch (5mm to 10mm) wide, have a reddish base, and appear in crops over a 2- to 4-day period. Some persons have only a few blisters, although others have several hundred. As blisters itch and break, scabs form and the blisters may become infected by bacteria (a “secondary” bacterial infection). Some children have a fever, abdominal pain, or a vague sick feeling along with their skin blisters. These symptoms usually last for about three to five days, and fever stays in the range of 101 degrees Fahrenheit to 103 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius to 39.4 degrees Celsius). Younger children often have milder symptoms and fewer blisters than older children or adults.

The incubation period for chicken pox is from 7 to 21 days after exposure, with most cases appearing between 14 and 17 days. If, for example, one child in a family breaks out with chicken pox picked up at school, his brothers and sisters probably will exhibit symptoms of chicken pox about 2 weeks later.

Chicken pox usually lasts 7 to 10 days in children, longer in adults.

The contagious period for chicken pox begins 2 days before the skin blisters appear and lasts until all the blisters are crusted over.

A child with chicken pox should be kept out of school for about 1 week. You don’t have to wait until all the scabs fall off.

For diagnosis or medical concerns please consult your physician.

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