Dear Parents of the Olentangy Local School District,
(April 19, 2014) Many of you are already aware that the Delaware General Health District (DGHD) continues to investigate reports of mumps from throughout the county. There is an additional probable case, with a possible link to another student, at one of our previously identified schools. NOTE: The DGHD does not routinely release the name of the building in these situations.
Understandably, a considerable amount of public media attention has been given to this recent development. This is to serve as an update to the collaborative message shared March 27 (below). Despite the increased focus over the last few days, Olentangy parents can rest assured that the risk factor for any fully vaccinated student, or staff member, has not increased.
With regard to this recent development, health officials strongly advised that any medically fragile or un-vaccinated student, including those with a formal waiver, be excluded from attending this particular school. The exclusion is for 25 days, the disease’s incubation period. Per Ohio law, any excluded student may immediately return to school with documentation of a full MMR vaccination.
The Olentangy Local Schools are complying with DGHD’s complete set of recommendations.
In partnership with DGHD, the appropriate steps have been taken to mitigate possible risks. Their recommendations are supported by the Ohio Department of Health as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As community partners, Olentangy and the DGHD consistently share resources to minimize such risks and to assist in keeping the community informed.
As DGHD officials continue their investigative work throughout the county, they are also continuing their ongoing campaign to inform all area residents without the MMR vaccination to the importance of having one.
Thank you for your support of the Olentangy Local Schools. If you have any additional questions or concerns, the DGHD has a number of resources available at www.DelawareHealth.org. In addition, feel free to reach out to your individual school’s health professional or its administrative staff.
(March 27, 2014) Olentangy Local School District is working with Delaware General Health District officials regarding suspected cases of mumps in the area.
Suspected cases of mumps have been identified at Liberty Tree and Scioto Ridge elementary schools, Liberty and Shanahan middle schools, Olentangy High School and Liberty High School.
The Health District encourages those who are at the highest risk of mumps to get vaccinated. This would include individuals who have not received both doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Children should receive the MMR vaccine on or after their first birthday, followed by a second dose between the age of four and six years old.