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					                       M ARTINEZ U NIFIED S CHOOL D ISTRICT
                           “Together we will ensure diverse paths to educate students in their quest for knowledge and success.”


  SCHOOL BOARD
    Denise Elsken
    John L. Fuller
  Deidre M. Siguenza
    Bobbi Horack
  Kathi McLaughlin            May 9, 2014
 DISTRICT STAFF
    Superintendent            Dear Parent / Guardian,
      Rami Muth

Assistant Superintendent      As you have recently been made aware, there have been some confirmed
  Personnel Services
    David Robertson           cases of Pertussis, more commonly known as Whooping Cough, at our
    Chief Business            Morello Park Elementary campus. Although all but two sites in our district
       Official
     Andi Stubbs
                              also have confirmed cases, the number at MPE is increasing.
       Director
   Curriculum and             Pertussis can only be verified by a physician and many of you have already
Educational Technology
     Audrey Lee
                              had your children tested. As a result of the increase in verified cases we are
                              urging all parents and/or guardians to be proactive and if your child has a
      Director
  Special Education           cough for more than two weeks, please take him/her to their physician
     Janelle Eyet
                              immediately. Please let the school know if the diagnosis is positive for
       Director
  Student Services &
                              Pertussis.
  Secondary Support
      Helen Rossi
                              The following information is a recap of the signs and symptoms of Whooping
Chief Technology Officer
      Max Eissler
                              Cough which can be found in more detail on the County Health Department’s
                              website.        http://cchealth.org/pertussis
     SITE
ADMINISTRATORS
   Alhambra High                   •   Whooping cough disease causes coughing fits that make it hard to
     Tom Doppe
      Principal                        breathe.
  Vicente Martinez /
                                   •   It spreads easily when someone with the disease coughs or sneezes.
   Briones School                  •   Early symptoms start mild and are similar to the common cold:
     Carol Adams
      Principal                            o Runny nose, low or no fever, sneezing, mild cough
       Martinez                    •   After 1 or 2 weeks symptoms can get worse fast and can last for
     Junior High
    Jonathan Eagan
                                       months. They include bad coughing fits that can lead to:
       Principal                           o Vomiting, a “whoop” sound, problems breathing, extreme
      John Muir                               tiredness, sweating spells
     Elementary
    Jessica Conkle
                                   •   Treatment may include an Antibiotic Medicine to prevent you from
       Principal                       spreading the disease during the initial infectious stage.
     John Swett
     Elementary
    Adam Welcome              If you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to contact
      Principal               either the CCC Health Department 925-313-6796 or the MUSD Health
      Las Juntas              Services Office at 925-335-5886.
     Elementary
   Crystal Castaneda
       Principal

     Morello Park             Sincerely,
     Elementary
     Kate Besocke
      Principal
                              Helen A Rossi
    Martinez Adult            Director of Student Services & Secondary Support
     Education
    Kathy Farwell
      Director




                                 921 Susana Street – Martinez, CA – 94553 Phone (925) 335-5800 Fax (925) 335-5961
                                                                www.martinez.k12.ca.us

				
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