Our School Theme for the 2018-2019 School Year:
"Leading and Learning at Thomas Crossroads Elementary"
Letter sent home with students 4/25/19,
Kathleen Toomey, MD, MPH, Commissioner i Brian Kemp, Governor
Georgia Department of Public Health
District 4 Public Health
Olugbenga Obasanjo, MD., PhD, MPH, MBA
District Health Director 301 Main Street, LaGrange, GA 30240 Phone: (706) 845-4035 • www.district4health.org
Date: April 25, 2019
The Coweta County Health Department received confirmation yesterday afternoon that a student at Lee Middle School was diagnosed with suspected mumps.
Public Health is providing guidance to the school administration as related to notifying parents and providing proper education.
There is no need for immediate action other than making sure your child has received two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR). Children usually receive the first MMR at 12 15 months of age and the second dose at 4-6 years of age. If your child has received two doses of MMR, the risks of developing mumps is minimal so there is no need to keep your child out of school.
Mumps is a contagious viral illness and is spread through direct contact with respiratory droplets or saliva. Sharing cups, utensils, and kissing can spread the virus. Mumps symptoms usually include pain, tenderness, and swelling in one or both parotid salivary glands (cheek and jaw area). General symptoms may come before parotitis (swollen or tender salivary glands), including low grade fever, malaise (tiredness), headache, sore throat, and/or myalgia (muscle aches). Some males may develop orchitis (testicular swelling). Though most mumps cases develop parotitis, some only have general symptoms or no symptoms at all.
The time from being infected with the virus to developing symptoms is typically 16-18 days but can be as long as 25 days. People with mumps are infectious two days before to five days after the onset of parotitis. Infected people without mumps symptoms can still spread the disease.
Vaccination is the best protection against mumps. Children usually receive the first mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine (MMR) at 12-15 month of age and the second dose at 4-6 year of age. If your child has previously been vaccinated against mumps or has had the disease, the risks from this exposure are minimal. However, mumps can sometimes occur even after vaccination.
If your child develops any mumps symptoms before May 20, 2019, please contact your healthcare provider immediately and inform him/her of your child's possible exposure.
Please consider the following Georgia Department of Public Health recommendations:
- 1. Make sure your child is up to date on mumps vaccinations. Children usually receive the
first mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine (MMR) at 12-15 month of age and the second
dose at 4-6 year of age. 2. Receiving a mumps vaccine now will not provide protection if your child was already
exposed to mumps but should protect him/her if exposed in the future.
Serving Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether,
Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties
- 3. If your child develops mumps symptoms in the next 25 days, talk to your child's doctor
without delay. Tell him/her that a suspect case of mumps was identified in your child's school. The Georgia Department of Public Health recommends that a buccal swab for
laboratory testing be obtained from all suspect mumps cases. 4. Please alert the school's nurse right away so that additional mumps identification and
prevention measures can be put into action. 5. If your child has mumps symptoms he/she must remain out of school until 5 days after
If you or your healthcare provider have questions, please contact Julie Marty at the Coweta County Health Department at 770-254-7400, Melody Wegienka, District 4 Communicable Disease Nurse Coordinator at 706-616-2749 or the Georgia Department of Public Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584).
Olugbenga Obasanjo, MD, MPH, PhD District Health Director
We would like to welcome our new principal, Dr. Letitia Crosby. Dr. Crosby is currently an Assistant Principal at Lee Middle School.
Upcoming Events at TCE:
Monday, April 22nd:
- PBIS meeting @ 2:45 (staff only)
Tuesday, April 23rd:
Wednesday, April 24th:
- Administrative Professionals' Day
- Special Olympics (Mr. Millard's class participating)
Thursday, April 25th:
- Arnall Band & Chorus visit during 5th Grade specials (gym)
- Beta Club Induction Ceremony @ 6:00
Friday, April 26th:
- Talent Show at Crossroads Church @ 6:00
- 2nd Grade Economic Fair Cafe @1:00
- PTO Tidal Wave Fundraiser ends
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