Emergency Alerts

In the event of a school emergency or other alerts  at any of our schools, we will post information and updates  on this page to keep you informed.

Pertussis Update December 13, 2019: Listed below are the schools who have been notified of a confirmed case of Pertussis. Going forward, when a confirmed case is reported at a new school, that school will be added to the list. 

Jefferson Middle School-confirmed

Mellon Middle School-confirmed


Dr. Steinhauer sent the letter below to all families in the school district regarding the Mellon Middle School Pertussis cases. Earlier in the week, a letter was sent to all families about the Jefferson Middle School Pertussis case.

December 11, 2019

Dear Mt. Lebanon Families,

We have been informed that a student at Mellon Middle School has been diagnosed with and is being treated for a case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough).  We immediately alerted the Allegheny County Health Department and continue to follow their recommended protocols.

For more information about pertussis, please visit https://www.mtlsd.org/family/emergency-alerts.

Sincerely,


Pertussis Update December 11, 2019: Mellon Middle School families and staff informing them of a case of Pertussi that was reported to the school. 


December 11, 2019

Dear Mellon Middle School Families,

This letter is to inform you that a student at Mellon Middle School has been diagnosed with and is being treated for a case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough). 

Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, is a contagious respiratory disease that  is caused by a bacteria.  You can find more information about Pertussis here.

Bacteria are spread by inhaling infected droplets of a coughing or sneezing child or by direct contact with discharges from a runny nose. Household members and close contacts that have been exposed to the infected child are at increased risk.

Please remember that the best way to prevent the spread of any communicable disease is through proper vaccination. The Pennsylvania Department of Health makes the following recommendations:
If you or your child are immunocompromised or suppressed, please notify your physician immediately. 

Parents/Guardians should review each of their child's health record to determine the vaccination status of their child.
Children should be observed over the next 2 weeks for any symptoms such as a runny nose, sudden, uncontrollable bursts or spells of coughing that persist and sometimes cause vomiting. These symptoms should be reported immediately to your pediatrician.

If your child comes down with cold symptoms that include a cough, the child should be evaluated by his/her pediatrician.  You should inform your pediatrician that your child may have been exposed to another with Pertussis.
If your child is diagnosed with Pertussis, notify your child’s nursing office as soon as possible.
Children returning to school after being diagnosed with Pertussis should report to their nurse before going to class.
Our custodial crew always takes great care when cleaning the building, however, out of an abundance of caution, we have requested that additional cleaning take place.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your physician, the Allegheny County Health Department or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Our school nursing staff is also available for assistance.
We will continue to monitor this issue very closely and communicate additional information if necessary. 
Thank you for your cooperation.
 
Sincerely,

Christopher Wolfson
Principal

Mellon Middle School 
 


On December 7, 2019, a letter was sent to all parents and staff in the Jefferson School complex due to a report of one case of Pertussis (whooping cough) at Jefferson Middle School. We immediately alerted the Allegheny County Health Department and have follow their recommended protocols. See below for the letter and links to information about Pertussis. 


December 7, 2019

Good Evening JMS,

This letter is to inform you that a student at Jefferson Middle School has been diagnosed with and is being treated for a case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough). The information below has been shared with all of our families.

Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, is a contagious respiratory disease that is caused by a bacteria.  You can find more information about Pertussis here.

Bacteria are spread by inhaling infected droplets of a coughing or sneezing child or by direct contact with discharges from a runny nose. Household members and close contacts that have been exposed to the infected child are at increased risk.

Please remember that the best way to prevent the spread of any communicable disease is through proper vaccination.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health makes the following recommendations:

  1. If you or your child are immunocompromised or suppressed, please notify your physician immediately. 

  2. Parents/Guardians should review each of their child's health record to determine the vaccination status of their child.

  3. Children should be observed over the next 2 weeks for any symptoms such as a runny nose, sudden, uncontrollable bursts or spells of coughing that persist and sometimes cause vomiting. These symptoms should be reported immediately to your pediatrician.

  4. If your child comes down with cold symptoms that include a cough, the child should be evaluated by his/her pediatrician.  You should inform your pediatrician that your child may have been exposed to another with Pertussis.

  5. If your child is diagnosed with Pertussis, notify your child’s nursing office as soon as possible.

  6. Children returning to school after being diagnosed with Pertussis should report to their nurse before going to class.

Our custodial crew always takes great care when cleaning the building, however, out of an abundance of caution, we have requested that additional cleaning take place over the weekend.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your physician, the Allegheny County Health Department or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Our school nursing staff is also available for assistance.

We will continue to monitor this issue very closely and communicate additional information if necessary. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Sarah Shaw, Ed.D

Principal

Jefferson Middle School