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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update

It is Bethel School District’s policy to inform parents when potential health concerns arise in our schools. This letter is to inform you that at least one individual has been diagnosed with Pertussis (whooping cough) at Willamette High School. We are obliged by law to keep the identity of any ill individuals confidential.  This is NOT a medical emergency. The Lane County Health Department, in partnership with school officials, is responding to the situation… read more below

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Willamette’s Schedule 2018-19


La política del Distrito Escolar de Bethel es informar a los padres cuando surgen posibles problemas de salud en nuestras escuelas. Esta carta es para informarle que al menos un individuo ha sido diagnosticado con Tos ferina (pertussis) en Prairie Mountain School. Estamos obligados por ley a mantener la confidencialidad de la identidad de cualquier persona enferma. Esto NO es una emergencia médica. El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Lane, en asociación con funcionarios escolares, está respondiendo a la situación… leer mas abajo

Lane County Health Department recommends the following:

  1. If your child has symptoms of pertussis – as described below – please keep them home from school and consult with their health care provider. Tell your provider that your child may have been exposed to pertussis.
  2. Ensure your child is up to date on his or her immunizations. Contact your health care provider or school to review vaccine records.   
  3. If you are pregnant and have contact with Prairie Mountain School, call your health care provider to discuss prevention options during pregnancy.

 

What is Pertussis?

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract, caused by bacteria found in the mouth, nose, and throat of an infected person. Pertussis is spread through direct contact with nose and throat mucus and airborne droplets.

Pertussis can occur at any age, but infants and young children are at the highest risk of life-threatening consequences.

Immunization is the most effective way to prevent the spread of this illness. Handwashing and good respiratory etiquette are also helpful in preventing the spread of this infection.

 

Symptoms:

Symptoms of pertussis include cold-like symptoms followed in one to two weeks by coughing fits that can keep coming for weeks to months.  During coughing attacks, young children may gag, gasp or strain to inhale, and/ or make the high-pitched whooping/ barking sound. This may be followed by vomiting or exhaustion. Fever is usually absent or minimal.

 

Treatment and Prevention:

Pertussis is treated with antibiotics, usually for 5 days.

 

Women in the third trimester of pregnancy and children under the age of one should also be on close watch for early pertussis symptoms including any cold-like symptoms. Medication may be necessary to prevent infection or to decrease the risk of spreading the infection to newborns.

 

Immunization is the most effective way to prevent pertussis. Children need a series of five DTaP vaccinations starting at two months of age until kindergarten. Adolescents (ages 11-12) and adults need a Tdap booster vaccine. Women should receive a dose of Tdap during the third trimester of each pregnancy.

 

Recommendations:

  • Now is a good time to review your child’s immunization record to see if they are current on all vaccinations and get them up to date.
  • Pregnant women should receive pertussis vaccine preferably at 27 and 36 weeks’ gestation, so that they can develop antibodies to pertussis and pass them to their babies before birth.
  • If your child has symptoms of pertussis, keep them at home, consult their health care provider, call the school, and contact the Health Department.

 

When sick with infectious illnesses, remember that frequent handwashing with soap and water, staying home, and covering your coughs and sneeze will prevent others from getting sick.

 

Resources:

http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/pertussis.aspx

 

If you have further questions, please call Lane County Public Health 541-682-4041.

 

Sincerely,

Patrick Luedtke, MD, MPH

Health Officer

Lane County Public Health Department

Academic Awards Assembly: Celebrate Excellence With Us!

Every year, Willamette celebrates academic excellence at our school-wide Academic Awards Assembly. We honor student accomplishments and post-graduation plans. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all the pathways our students take–college, military, trade school, entering the workforce, mission trips, etc.–and to inspire our underclassmen to dream big about their future.

This year’s event takes place on Thursday, May 24th, from 11:05-11:35 in the main gym. If you would like to attend, please arrive approximately fifteen minutes early, check in at the front office, and join us as we honor our students. Thank you!

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Update

It is Bethel School District’s policy to inform parents when potential health concerns arise in our schools. This letter is to inform you that at least one individual has been diagnosed with Pertussis (whooping cough) at Prairie Mountain School. We are obliged by law to keep the identity of any ill individuals confidential.  This is NOT a medical emergency. The Lane County Health Department, in partnership with school officials, is responding to the situation… read more below

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Willamette’s Schedule 2018-19


La política del Distrito Escolar de Bethel es informar a los padres cuando surgen posibles problemas de salud en nuestras escuelas. Esta carta es para informarle que al menos un individuo ha sido diagnosticado con Tos ferina (pertussis) en Prairie Mountain School. Estamos obligados por ley a mantener la confidencialidad de la identidad de cualquier persona enferma. Esto NO es una emergencia médica. El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Lane, en asociación con funcionarios escolares, está respondiendo a la situación… leer mas abajo

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Get Involved To Have A Voice

The Active Bethel Citizens neighborhood group selects its Board of Directors this Saturday, May 12th, 2:00 at Willamette. Voting will take place for two co-chair positions, secretary, treasurer and up to eight at-large positions, and you can still be a candidate! Click here to learn more on ABC’s Facebook page. If you want to have a voice in neighborhood development, activities, safety, and planning, this is your chance.

 

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Participe para tener una voz

El grupo de vecindarios de Active Bethel Citizens selecciona su Junta Directiva este sábado, 12 de mayo a las 2:00 en Willamette. La votación se llevará a cabo para dos puestos de copresidente, secretario, tesorero y hasta ocho puestos en general, ¡y aún puede ser un candidato! Haga clic aquí para obtener más información en la página de Facebook de ABC. Si desea tener una voz en el desarrollo del vecindario, actividades, seguridad y planificación, esta es su oportunidad.

 

Join The Bethel Boosters: Here’s Why

The Bethel Boosters have been around for 50+ years and serve the entire school district. It’s a group of parents and active Bethel residents who seek to support kids and programs at all Bethel schools.

They have given out more than $250,000 in the last five years, supporting programs like art, counseling, music, elementary and middle school track, athletics, scholarships, and more.

The Boosters run the concessions at Willamette and hire out their BBQ grill for company picnics, weddings, tailgaters, etc. They stage holiday vendor fairs and a car show in the spring, and they’re open to new fundraising ideas.

Your commitment is as much or as little at you want. Memberships are a nominal $5 a year. Get more information on the Boosters’ web page at https://bethelboosters.wixsite.com/bethelboosters

 

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Únete a The Bethel Boosters: He aquí por qué

Los Bethel Boosters han existido por más de 50 años y sirven a todo el distrito escolar. Es un grupo de padres y residentes activos de Bethel que buscan apoyar a los niños y programas en todas las escuelas de Bethel.

Han donado más de $250,000 en los últimos cinco años, apoyando programas como arte, consejería, música, carreras de escuelas primarias y secundarias, atletismo, becas y más.

Los Boosters manejan las concesiones en Willamette y alquilan su parrilla para picnics, bodas, tailgaters, etc. Organizan ferias de vendedores y una exposición de autos en la primavera, y están abiertos a nuevas ideas para recaudar fondos.

Su compromiso es tanto o tan poco que desee. Las membresías son de $ 5 nominales por año. Obtenga más información en la página web de Boosters en  https://bethelboosters.wixsite.com/bethelboosters

 

Healthy Teen Night Wednesday

 

All Bethel parents are welcome to Healthy Teen Night on Wednesday, May 9th, 5:30-7:30 at Willamette High School.

 

This free event for Bethel parents and guardians will include breakout sessions like Teens & TechnologyMental Health and Teens, and Parenting Teens.

 

A Teen Youth Panel will represent young people’s perspectives, and information about community resources will be available.

Questions? Call the Bethel Health Center:

541-607-1430.