Metairie school cancels last week of classes due to whooping cough

Up to five cases of whooping cough has been reported at a Metairie school. School officials have identified up to five potential cases of pertussis at Metairie Park Country Day. A statement from the district announced that Country Day’s Early Childhood Center and Lower School will close beginning May 20 through the remainder of the school year, May 24. The statement read: “We continue to receive reports of potential cases of pertussis, the latest in our Pre-K. Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of those most at risk, Country Day will close our Early Childhood Center and Lower School beginning May 20th through the end of the school year, May 24th. This is to ensure we minimize risk to our most vulnerable students and allows for a more thorough and complete sanitization of our facilities. We recognize this decision may inconvenience some of our families. Our commitment, first and foremost, is to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.”The school is working with the Louisiana Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of students. A letter was sent to parents, faculty and staff. The Louisiana Department of Health issued this statement: “Country Day School in Metaire reported possible cases of whooping cough to the Department of Health and we are working with the school to help families take proper precautions. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s pediatrician if illness is suspected.”Metairie Park Country Day issued the following statement: “The Louisiana Department of Health has identified up to five potential cases of pertussis among students (a sixth case was ruled out). The health and safety of our students is of the utmost importance. Metairie Park Country Day School officials continue to work closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and with a group of well-respected, local pediatricians and infectious disease doctors to ensure we are taking the most appropriate measures and that we share the most pertinent, timely information with our school community. We continue to share updates with our community and to utilize enhanced sanitizing measures, as recommended by healthcare professionals. We once again remind parents to help us minimize the spread of illness by observing their child for signs of pertussis.” Pertussis is more commonly known as whooping cough and is highly contagious.

Up to five cases of whooping cough has been reported at a Metairie school.

School officials have identified up to five potential cases of pertussis at Metairie Park Country Day.

A statement from the district announced that Country Day’s Early Childhood Center and Lower School will close beginning May 20 through the remainder of the school year, May 24.

The statement read:

“We continue to receive reports of potential cases of pertussis, the latest in our Pre-K. Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of those most at risk, Country Day will close our Early Childhood Center and Lower School beginning May 20th through the end of the school year, May 24th. This is to ensure we minimize risk to our most vulnerable students and allows for a more thorough and complete sanitization of our facilities. We recognize this decision may inconvenience some of our families. Our commitment, first and foremost, is to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.”

The school is working with the Louisiana Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of students.

A letter was sent to parents, faculty and staff.

The Louisiana Department of Health issued this statement:

“Country Day School in Metaire reported possible cases of whooping cough to the Department of Health and we are working with the school to help families take proper precautions. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s pediatrician if illness is suspected.”

Metairie Park Country Day issued the following statement:

“The Louisiana Department of Health has identified up to five potential cases of pertussis among students (a sixth case was ruled out). The health and safety of our students is of the utmost importance. Metairie Park Country Day School officials continue to work closely with the Louisiana Department of Health and with a group of well-respected, local pediatricians and infectious disease doctors to ensure we are taking the most appropriate measures and that we share the most pertinent, timely information with our school community. We continue to share updates with our community and to utilize enhanced sanitizing measures, as recommended by healthcare professionals. We once again remind parents to help us minimize the spread of illness by observing their child for signs of pertussis.”

Pertussis is more commonly known as whooping cough and is highly contagious.

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