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Ardmore Schools Respond to H1N1 Notification Concerns


ARDMORE, OK -- Ardmore City Schools was informed on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 20th, of the death of a Charles Evans Elementary student. At the time of the notification the district had not been told the official cause of death. The school district was in contact with the Carter County Health Department and at that time it was not thought to be H1N1 related.

In response to the loss of a student, the principal at Charles Evans sent a letter home with students to inform parents of the tragedy and that the school would be providing counseling the following day for those students who may have been impacted emotionally by the loss.

In addition, the district, after being contacted by local television media, issued a release  Wednesday morning.

Wednesday afternoon, October 21st, Ardmore Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ruth Ann Carr, spoke with the Carter County Health Department and was told that they were now of the opinion that the death was due to a secondary infection following the H1N1 flu virus. Dr. Carr was also informed that the health department would be releasing a statement to that effect.

As more information about H1N1 becomes available from the Centers for Disease Control and the Carter County Health Department, Ardmore City Schools relates that information to the parents of children in the district. The district issued a letter with updated information related to H1N1 and distributed it to students to take home this afternoon, Thursday, October 22nd. The letter has also been sent via email to the ACS parent group and posted on the Ardmore Schools website:

As per school district procedures regarding the death of a student, the school where that child is enrolled is notified. Other schools within the district are not notified unless circumstances dictate otherwise. At the time the letter from the Charles Evans administration went out, the cause of death was not yet known.

Upon notification by and through the cooperation of the Carter County Health Department, the Ardmore School District issued the letter regarding precautions to take when recovering from H1N1 or caring for a child with the H1N1 flu virus and the signs of complications for which to be watchful.

Ardmore City Schools is deeply saddened by the loss of our student. The district, as a whole, shares great concern for the family during this tremendously difficult time.

(from Press Release)