ATTENTION ALL PARENTS
October 5, 2015
To the Parents and Community,
Today at approximately 11:45 a.m. students reported that a bomb threat was written on a bathroom stall on the high school side. We immediately contacted the Marinette County Sheriff's Department and together decided to take necessary precautions to evacuate the building and allow the authorities to conduct a thorough search. Students were evacuated to the football field shortly after noon, where they had thermal blankets (the temperature was 54 degrees). The police and fire blocked the entrances to secure the premises. A K-9 bomb unit was dispatched from Green Bay. Students who had not yet eaten had a full lunch delivered on the field. Initially we understood that the unit would arrive within 45 minutes and the search would take about 15 minutes. At 1:00 we were given a revised timeline: the dog would arrive by 1:30 and it was uncertain how long it might take to clear the building; at that time we ordered buses to come to the field so that students could sit on the bus if they chose. The dog arrived at 1:30 and after 15 minutes the building was cleared and the elementary students were able to re-enter starting at 1:48; all students were back in by 2:00.
A communication was sent via phone and on the website shortly after the evacuation and also after the students re-entered so that correct and timely information was communicated to parents and the community.
Our paramount concern is safety. These precautions allowed us to ensure the safety of students and staff. We also made every attempt to communicate factual information to parents and students as information was available. Staff did an excellent job engaging students in activities while on the field, maintaining calm and order.
We are offering a $100 reward for information that leads to locating the individual responsible for making this threat. Please contact school administration if you have any information. If there are further instances that result in a loss of instructional time, we may add time at the end of the school year.
Ann Kox Jared Deschane Rick Hammes
Superintendent JH/HS Principal Elementary Principal
ATTENTION ALL PARENTS
Today Monday, October 05, 2015 at 11:45 AM some students found a bomb threat written on the bathroom stall. We immediately contacted Marinette County Sheriff Department and together we decided to take the necessary precautions to evacuate the building and allow authorities to conduct a thorough search. The search is currently underway. The students are safe. More information will follow once the search is complete.
Citizens in our community are concerned about the viral meningitis cases that some of our neighboring schools have had. We would like to be proactive and provide you with information coming from Marinette County Public Health and the CDC. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nurse Noreen, Ext. 258.
First of all, Viral Meningitis is NOT contagious.
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is an infection of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord. Viral is the most common type of meningitis and is often less severe than bacterial meningitis.
What is viral meningitis?
Most cases of viral meningitis are caused by non-polio enteroviruses, viruses that cause respiratory illness, mumps, measles and influenza. Usually you have a cold or some other illness before symptoms of meningitis become apparent.
Is viral meningitis contagious?
Viral meningitis itself is not contagious, but the viruses that cause it are. Because different viruses cause it, it can spread in different ways such as coughing, sneezing, improper hand washing, and sharing utensils with an infected person. Just because you get the virus from someone that turned into viral meningitis, doesn’t mean you will get viral meningitis. You may get the cold from the virus they had, and not have it turn into viral meningitis.
Are there vaccines for viral meningitis?
There is no specific vaccine to protect against non-polio enteroviruses, which are the most common cause of viral meningitis, but some vaccinations can protect against childhood diseases such as influenza that can lead to viral meningitis. Influenza vaccine is being offered at your child’s school October 22.
What is the difference between Bacterial and Viral Meningitis?
Bacterial meningitis is usually severe and can even be deadly. Fortunately, most of the bacteria that cause meningitis are not contagious as the viruses that cause the common cold and flu. These types of bacteria are usually spread through the exchange of respiratory secretions from kissing, sharing drinks or eating utensils with someone who is infected.
Viral Meningitis is often less severe. Most people usually recover in 7-10 days without specific treatment. The symptoms of meningitis may be:
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