A ninth-grader at Pennfield Middle School in the North Penn School District in Montgomery County has been diagnosed with whooping cough, an official said this afternoon.
The student came to school Monday morning, mentioned he had had whooping cough last week, and was immediately sent home, said Christine Liberaski, the North Penn School District's manager of school and community engagement.
In a letter to parents posted today on the school district's website, district officials warned, "Your child may have been exposed." It advised parents to make sure students have had vaccinations against whooping cough, and to watch children carefully for symptoms such as runny nose, and sudden, uncontrollable bursts of coughing that sometimes cause vomiting. The symptoms should be reported to a physician.