Parents of Pulaski County Public School students received a message today around 12:23 p.m. that an illness had affected a student in the area. Since the release of that message, it has been confirmed that a Dublin Middle School student has passed away due to complications from the illness.
Thomas Brewster, superintendent of Pulaski County Public Schools said in a statement similar to the initial message parents received: “We have been in contact with the New River Health District concerning an isolated illness affecting one of our families. The direction given by the NRHD was to monitor any of our students running a fever, and send them home with the recommendation for the child to see their family physician. Again, preliminary information indicates that this illness is isolated to one family. We have not received confirmation as to the cause of their illness, but we are taking steps to assure our schools are safe.”
After the message was sent out, Brewster added that the information that was released to parents in the message was very challenging to relay because so much of the information the school board was receiving was unconfirmed. He did say, however, that after personally speaking with the family and the schools, he feels confident that the rest of the students in the area are safe.
As a precaution, anyone with severe or unusual symptoms such as headaches, neck pain, or fever is encouraged to immediately consult their family physician or visit an emergency room.
Brewster added that counselors will be on hand at Dublin Middle School and Snowville Elementary School to offer grief counseling for students.
The Southwest Times will be continuing to follow this story and will update the information as it is made available.