Reminder: Vacation Days

We do not have school on Thursday, November 28th – Monday, December 2nd.  Enjoy your time with family and friends.   We will return to school on Tuesday December  3rd with a renewed energy and excitement.   See you in December!

Whooping cough cases reported at PM schools

Students at Penn Manor High School and Pequea Elementary School have been diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough. As a precaution, parents of students at those schools have been notified that their children may have been exposed. The following is the text of a letter from high school principal Philip Gale regarding pertussis:

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We recently learned that two students at Penn Manor High School were diagnosed with pertussis (whooping cough), which the Pennsylvania Department of Health constitutes as an outbreak of the disease.  Because of your child’s schedule, he or she may have been exposed to this disease.

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs.  Pertussis begins with cold symptoms and a cough, which becomes much worse over 1-2 weeks.  Symptoms usually include a long series of coughs (“coughing fits”) followed by a whooping noise.  However, older children, adults and very young infants may not develop the whoop.  People with pertussis may have a series of coughs followed by vomiting, turning blue, or difficulty catching their breath.

The cough is often worse at night and cough medicines usually do not help alleviate the cough.  The disease can be very severe and, although deaths are rare, they do occur, especially in infants less than one year of age.

Making sure that children receive all their shots on time is the best way to control pertussis in the future.  In children, diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP) vaccine is only given to those under 7 years of age.  Children should receive one dose of DTaP at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and between 15-18 months of age.  In addition, one dose is needed before starting school (on or after the fourth birthday).  Check with your pediatrician to see if your child is eligible for another dose of DTaP in the accelerated schedule.  If you are not sure your child is properly immunized, promptly contact his or her doctor.

  • The combination tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) is recommended for children ages 7 through 10 (if not fully vaccinated) and adolescents and adults as a one-time dose.  It is also recommended during EACH pregnancy to protect the newborn infant.
  • During a pertussis outbreak, a dose of Tdap should be administered to children 10 and up (even if fully vaccinated) and all adolescents and adults as a one-time dose to those who have not received Tdap previously or for whom vaccine status is unknown.

Anyone eligible for Tdap may receive it regardless of interval since the most recent tetanus containing vaccine.

If you or your doctor have a question about pertussis, please call our school nurse, Anne Butterfield, at 872-9520, ext. 1356 or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

Sincerely,

Philip B. Gale, Ed.D.

Principal

More information about pertussis and how to protect your family is available at the following web sites:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/pertussis/

To hear the cough of Pertussis:

http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/signs-symptoms.html

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/diseases_and_conditions/11595, click on Pertussis

http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/whooping_cough.html

If you have questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact the nurse in his or her school building.

Drug sweep conducted at Marticville Middle School today

A drug sweep was conducted this morning at Marticville Middle School. The following is a letter that will be sent home this afternoon with Marticville Students:

Dear Parent:

The Penn Manor School District firmly believes in and works hard to provide a safe and secure learning environment for your child.  As one facet of providing safety and security for our students, we have taken measures to prevent illegal drugs from being present in our schools.  Within our curriculum, we provide anti-drug, tobacco and alcohol instruction.  The district also has a drug screening program that is mandatory for high school students who are involved in co-curricular activities.  The program is voluntary for all other students, including those students in grades 7 and 8.

On November 18, 2013, the district took an additional step to provide for a drug-free environment.  With the support of  Southern Regional Police Department, a search of all lockers, restrooms and locker rooms was conducted with the use of drug-detection canines. The school was placed in a modified lockdown. Students and staff were informed of the search and instructed to remain in their classrooms.

Our hope is that students continue to be part of the solution in helping to make our schools safe places to learn by reporting any drug use to an adult; the use of the drug-detection canines adds an additional element of security for all students and adults at Marticville Middle School.  Your support of our endeavors adds to ensuring a safe school.

Sincerely,

Christine Santaniello, Marticville Middle School Principal

Dr. Michael Leichliter, Superintendent of Schools

Marticville… SO MUCH TO BE PROUD OF!!!

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PMEF hosts Shoot for Education Nov. 16

Penn Manor Education Foundation is sponsoring Shoot for Education, a basketball foul-shot fundraiser, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in Penn Manor High School’s East Gym.

The event is open to all Penn Manor students, teachers, parents and community members;  pre-registration is not necessary.

Participants raise money based on set dollar amounts or on the number of foul shots they make during the event. They may shoot as individuals or as members of a team of five. Each participant will take 25 foul shots, and basket heights will be adjusted for smaller shooters.

Prizes, ranging from T-shirts to $100 Visa gift cards, will be awarded to the top fund-raising individuals and teams. Participants who make the most foul shots also will get awards.

Pledges can be turned in on the day of the event or mailed by March 21 to PMEF, P.O. Box 1001, Millersville, PA 17551. All checks should be made payable to PMEF Shoot for Education.

Forms are available at the link below or from Penn Manor physical education teachers.