Dear Bishop Manogue Parents,  


There has been an increased number of confirmed cases of pertussis (also known as whooping cough) on campus. Bishop Manogue Catholic High School will be canceling school and all extracurricular activities beginning Tuesday, October 22 through Sunday, October 27. This decision is made in partnership with the Washoe County Health District as the best way to limit exposure and minimize the spread of this highly contagious disease. We will also be adhering to elevated cleaning and sanitization protocols on campus during this closure. School is scheduled to resume on Monday, October 28.

Per the request of the Washoe County Health District, we’ve agreed to postpone the majority of all extracurricular events, club meetings, sports practices, athletic games, and on-campus gatherings until the week of November 4.

Student-athletes participating in postseason, regional and state tournament play have been granted an exemption if the following three conditions are met:

-Student-athletes cannot be exhibiting any signs or symptoms of pertussis

-Student-athletes must be vaccinated

-Student-athletes must be on a physician prescribed prophylaxis.

Proof of prescription must be provided to Assistant Athletic Director, Jackie Cavilia: (775) 336-6017 

The health and wellbeing of our students is our most important priority at Bishop Manogue and our administrative team is currently working on making the necessary scheduling accommodations to account for the class time missed during this period.

The Washoe County Health District has also requested that we report all student illnesses during this closure. If your student is ill, please email with the type of illness and related symptoms.

Below is formal communication from the Washoe County Health District with recommendations regarding this pertussis outbreak and school closure. There is also information for physicians which outlines guidelines for testing and assessing patients who may have pertussis.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and patience. Please know, all questions are welcome. However, at this time, we are sharing all available information with our school community and will continue to communicate as we learn more.


Thank you,


Bri Thoreson, Principal


 WCHD Letter to Parents 

WCHD Letter to Doctors 

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