The Lake County Health Department (LCHD) has reported additional cases of the mumps virus in our schools. Barrington High School now has six confirmed cases and Station Middle School has one confirmed case. There are several probable and suspected cases at Barrington High School, Station Middle School and Prairie Middle School. There is one suspected case at Roslyn Road Elementary School.
We are continuing to have conference calls with LCHD every day in order to receive the most accurate and updated information. Their role is to provide us guidance and strategies to contain the spread of the virus. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health Code 690.550 Part B-Mumps, we are required to temporarily exclude students and staff from school attendance who may have been exposed to the virus and do not have proof of vaccination or immunity. Please read this letter from the Lake County Health Department's Infectious Disease Physician Dr. James Jupa for more information.
More than 98 percent of our students have received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The small percentage of students who are not protected from the virus at Barrington High School and Station Middle School have been contacted by district administration regarding next steps and education support.
In order to reduce the spread of the mumps throughout our community, please keep your child home from school if he or she experiences any of the signs and symptoms of the virus. Be sure to notify your child's physician as well as the school nurse.
We will continue to provide updated information to you as it becomes available. For more information about the mumps, please visit this FAQ page. Thank you for your continued support regarding this issue.