JCPS sends letter to families at 22 schools after employee tests positive for monkeypox

HE STARTED TO INTERVENE IN THE MORNING. ALSO NEW TONIGHT, JOSE BAEZ SENT A LETTER TO PARENTS OF 22 NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS. ADVISING THAT AN EMPLOYEE WHO REGULARLY VISITS THESE SCHOOLS HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR MONKEYPOX. WE WERE TOLD THAT THE EMPLOYEE HAD BEEN TO ALL THESE SCHOOLS IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS. THE CDC SAYS THE DISEASE NOW REFERRED TO IS IN PARKS CAN SPREAD THROUGH CLOSE PERSONAL CONTACT, OFTEN SKIN-TO-SKIN. THE RISK IS CONSIDERED LOW TO ENTER THE PARKS BY TOUCHING SHAR

JCPS sends letter to families at 22 schools after employee tests positive for monkeypox

Jefferson County Public Schools sent a letter to families at 22 schools after a school district employee tested positive for monkeypox. In the letter to families, JCPS said the employee has been in the school building at least once in the past two weeks and has recently tested positive for monkeypox. JCPS said it is in contact with the Department of Public Health and Wellness of Metro Louisville. They did not specify which schools the letter was sent to. They also included information about monkeypox in the letter home, quoting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying “monkeypox can be spread through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact.” “The type of contact would include direct contact with the rash and scabs on a person who has it, as well as contact with their saliva, snot or mucus, and areas around private parts.” The risk is considered low of contracting Mpox by touching objects, fabrics and surfaces that have been used by someone with Mpox and not disinfected, such as clothing and furniture,” the letter states. swollen lymph nodes, according to the CDC. JCPS said anyone with symptoms should contact their school and health care provider and stay home. “The health, safety and well-being of our school community remains our top priority there,” the letter read. “We are monitoring this situation closely and will provide you with updates if further steps are required.”

Jefferson County Public Schools sent a letter to families at 22 schools after a school district employee tested positive for monkeypox.

In the letter to families, JCPS said the employee had visited the school building at least once in the past two weeks and had recently tested positive for monkeypox.

JCPS said it is in contact with the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department. They did not specify which schools the letter was sent to.

They also included information about monkeypox in the letter home, quoting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying “monkeypox can be spread through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact.”

The type of contact would include direct contact with the rash and scabs on a person who has it, as well as contact with their saliva, snot or mucus and areas around private parts.

“The risk is considered low of contracting Mpox by touching objects, fabrics and surfaces that have been used by someone with Mpox and not disinfected, such as clothing and furniture,” the letter states.

Symptoms of monkeypox include blister-like rashes, congestion, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, fever and swollen lymph nodes, according to the CDC.

JCPS said anyone with symptoms should contact their school and health care provider and stay home.

“The health, safety and well-being of our school community remains our top priority,” the letter states. “We are monitoring this situation closely and will provide you with updates if further action is required.”

Those with questions or needing to report a positive Mpox case should call JCPS Health Services at 502-485-3387.

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