We have been working closely with the Washoe County Health District and Renown Health to provide pertinent information to our school community.  The Washoe County Health District has issued updated information for parents (linked here). 

Renown Health has worked with us to provide information to parents on how to obtain proper treatment. Please see the chart below. 

STUDENTS WITH SYMPTOMS STUDENTS WITH NO SYMPTOMS 
Contact your healthcare provider or visit an urgent care facility.  No action required 
Report symptoms to BMCHS by emailing attendance@BishopManogue.org
Limit exposure by staying home and wearing a mask. 

Pertussis symptoms: (more information can be found here )

Early symptoms can last for 1 to 2 weeks and usually include:

  • Runny nose
  • Low-grade fever (generally minimal throughout the course of the disease)
  • Mild, occasional cough

After 1 to 2 weeks and as the disease progresses, the traditional symptoms of pertussis may appear and include:

  • Paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched “whoop” sound
  • Vomiting (throwing up) during or after coughing fits
  • Exhaustion (very tired) after coughing fits

Click Here for FAQs About the School Closure Due to Pertussis at BMCHS 

As we’ve stated, per the request of the Washoe County Health District, school is closed until October 28, 2019. Additionally, the majority of all extracurricular events, club meetings, sports practices, athletic games, and on-campus gatherings are postponed until the week of November 4. 

Varsity Student-Athletes

Please read this important information regarding an exemption to participate in qualifying events. CLICK HERE 

Varsity student-athletes participating in games, matches or meets that have implications toward regional and state qualifications have been granted exemptions to participate in school activities beginning October 28 as long as the following conditions are met: 

  • Students cannot be exhibiting any signs or symptoms of pertussis
  • Students must be vaccinated
  • Students must be on a physician prescribed prophylaxis for 5 days (treatment must start Wednesday, October 23 to be eligible to play on October 28)

Other helpful links: 

Information from Renown Health

https://www.renown.org/whooping-cough/

Information from the CDC: 

https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/faqs.html 

Again, we sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation with us as we work with community agencies and officials to determine the best course of action for our students.

 

Thank you, 

BMCHS Administration.