Important Health Alert from the Department of Health:
Parents of the Northwest Area School District are hereby notified that we have had a confirmed case of Chickenpox in one of our Elementary Schools and your child may be been exposed to the disease. Because the virus that causes Chickenpox spreads easily, exposed children who have never had the vaccine may contract the disease.
Children are considered to be immune to Chickenpox if they:
- Have had two doses of varicella vaccine, with the first dose administered at 12 months of age or older, or
- Have laboratory evidence of immunity to varicella; or
- Have documentation of a history of varicella or herpes zoster disease diagnosed by a physician
If your child is immunocompromised (ie HIV, cancer, leukemia, organ transplant, etc.) or has a chronic illness, contact your primary care physician ASAP to report the exposure, ask for guidance, or for follow-up care.
If your child does develop chickenpox, regardless if they have received the varicella vaccine, he or she should be kept from attending school five days after onset of rash and until the rash has scabbed over and notify the nurse stationed in your child’s school building.
Please help us to protect your child and stop the spread of chickenpox in our school. If you have any questions regarding this notification letter please contact us at 570-542-4126
This letter of notification is in compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Elizabeth Jane Ellis
District Director of Operations