Dickinson ISD was informed by the Galveston County Health District late Monday that one of our employees was suspected of having meningococcal meningitis. It takes 3-5 days for test results to confirm the diagnosis, so we will not have confirmation until later this week. Due to HIPAA laws, the district cannot identify the employee, but we have taken several steps to inform students, parents and employees about the situation, and a second letter to specifically inform those who may have had close contact with the employee.
- A letter from the Galveston County Health District is being sent home today with the students/employees who may have had close contact with the employee. GHCD Letter
- A letter from Superintendent Vicki Mims is being sent home with all Dickinson ISD students today informing parents about the situation and letting them know that if they did not receive the Galveston County Health District letter, then we believe that their child has not been in contact with the employee while at school. Parent Letter
- Both letters encourage parents that if their child shows any signs of meningococcal meningitis, they should take their child to the doctor.
- Any work areas the employee may have come into contact with have been disinfected.
According to the GCHD, there is “no cause for alarm” as meningococcal meningitis is not spread by casual contact, but by “direct contact to nose or throat fluids of an infected person,” which can occur by “coughing, kissing, sharing utensils, or drinking after the infected person.” However, it is important that you know the signs and symptoms of meningococcal meningitis, which may include “fever, chills, headache, stiff neck, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, and purple skin rash.” If any of these symptoms appear, we encourage parents to seek immediate medical attention for their student from their health care provider.
Our thoughts are with our employee and his/her family at this time.