Scarborough High officials announced that Friday’s homecoming football game against Massabesic has been called off because of concerns over hand, foot and mouth disease.

In a letter sent to parents, students and community members on Thursday night, Scarborough officials said Massabesic High has reported cases of coxsackievirus, which causes hand, foot and mouth disease.

The disease, common among children, is highly contagious but not serious, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly all people recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment, the according to CDC’s website.

“We understand that this news is disappointing and impacts some of our homecoming plans but our student’s health and safety is our number one priority,” the letter stated.

It is unclear whether the game will be rescheduled. The letter said Scarborough’s next football game will be Oct. 6 at Thornton Academy.


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