SOUTHINGTON - School Superintendent Timothy Connellan wrote to parents and staff of Derynoski Elementary School confirming the presence of measles at the school.
“This letter is to inform you that the report of a case of measles at Derynoski Elementary School has been confirmed,” Connellan wrote in the letter Friday. “Exposure would have taken place in the school on April 26, 27 or 30. Individuals who may have been exposed might develop symptoms between May 3 and May 21.”
Connellan said that parents should consult with their child’s physician for additional information regarding their specific set of circumstances.
Staff members will be receiving a separate communication regarding documentation of vaccination or of having contracted measles in the past.
“According to DPH (Department of Public Health) personnel, students attending the YMCA before school program are not likely to be at risk for exposure,” Connellan added. “This letter is being provided to parents of those students for their information. Again, parents should consult with their child’s physician if they have questions or concerns.”
Under the state Department of Public Health outbreak control guidelines, children who do not have protection against measles will be excluded from school for a period of time to be determined by the school medical adviser. The school nurse will notify families with children in this situation. Students who must be excluded from school will receive an alternative educational program, usually through individual tutoring.
Connellan also provided parents and staff members with a measles information sheet taken from the state Department of Public Health.
“Our school nurses will be available to answer questions, however, the best source of information specific to you or your child is most likely the appropriate health care provider,” said Connellan. “If additional information becomes available, an update will be sent through the usual communication channels.”
For additional information about measles, visit the Department of Public Health at ct.gov/dph/immunizations or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov/measles or call the state Immunization Department at 860-509-7929.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.