A student with a temporary disability that makes attendance in regular school classes impossible or inadvisable shall receive educational services as provided by the district. You are requested to notify the school principal regarding your student's temporary disability and the need for individual instruction.
Meningococcal disease is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that can cause severe inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), or a serious blood infection.
Early symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, confusion, vomiting, exhaustion and /or a rash. If left untreated, the disease can progress rapidly and lead to serious or even fatal complications.
It is spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions from infected persons through such things as sharing food, kissing, etc. Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as things like the common cold or the flu. Also, the bacteria are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. Risk factors commonly associated with meningococcal disease include:
Anyone can contract meningococcal disease. However, studies indicate teens and college students may be at higher risk.
Parents should teach children to not share drinks, food, lip gloss, etc. Parents should consider getting their children vaccinated.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the meningococcal vaccination are:
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Eating or drinking liquids that are contaminated with Norovirus
Touching contaminated surfaces or objects and putting your hands in your mouth
Having direct contact with an infected person.
Parents will be asked to pick up students from school if they display these symptoms. We are taking measures to avoid the spread of germs, including encouraging the usage of hand sanitizers along with increased monitoring and cleaning of restrooms. Additionally, students can go to the Health Office on each campus if they need medical attention.
Basic precautions to help reduce the spread of this virus include:
DO NOT RETURN TO SCHOOL UNTIL AT LEAST 24-48 HOURS AFTER SYMPTOMS GO AWAY.