Dixon School District, KSB and Health Department to Screen for Whooping Cough in Schools

Dixon School District, KSB and Health Department to Screen for Whooping Cough in Schools

Dixon School District Superintendent Margo Empen on Sunday announced to the parents and guardians of students in the district a partnership between the school district, KSB Hospital and the Lee County Health Department.

This partnership, said Empen, is an effort to curtail the spread of Pertussis, better known as Whooping Cough, in the Dixon Schools.  This effort will consist of nurses from KSB and LCHD joining with the school nurses in all their buildings to screen potential whooping cough cases.

According to Empen, the protocol is for any teacher to identify students who may have had a persistent cough over the past few weeks.  The student will then be sent to the nurse to have the symptoms assessed.

Empen said it is not their intention to over identify or under identify and that is the reason for multiple nurse’s onsite.

If the parent or guardian gives consent the nurses can run a Pertussis test at the school or you can take the child to your doctor.  The screenings will last through Monday December 2nd to Tuesday December 3rd.