This past week there have been two confirmed cases of chickenpox in students in North County. Standard protocol calls for any child in sixth grade or lower that isn't immunized, or hasn't been within the recommended time frame, to be sent home for at least 21 days.
Specifically, South Bend students that fall under the non-immunized category are slated to return to school on February 2. Chauncey Davis Elementary School Principal Byington is working with the teachers to compile work for all of the students that aren't immunized.
Raymond is under the same protocol, although there isn't an official date set for the return of the under immunized children to return to Raymond elementary, if you're a parent wondering about homework, you can call the school and ask about your specific situation, and they will get with your student's teacher to work something out.
There is currently no protocol for students in the seventh grade or higher except that if they've been known to have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with chickenpox that they be excluded from school.
The exception to that rule is if the student has one of the following:
* a history of a provider-diagnosed case of chickenpox;
* student has verification of having received two doses of the Varicella vaccine;
* or student has a titer/blood draw indicating they have immunity to chickenpox.
A second Grays Harbor resident has been diagnosed with the measles virus. This particular case is linked to the first case of measles that was reported in early January. The current subject was a close contact to the first, which can be linked to an incident at Disneyland in early December. If you or someone you know has visited Disneyland in the month of December, it is advised that you get checked for measles. There have been 59 confirmed cases of the measles in patients ranging from seven months to seventy years old. It is not considered an outbreak, as the virus is contained to the two that are affected.