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66 students released from P.D.H.S. due to lack of measles vaccinations

The Desert Sands Unified School District released 66 students from Palm Desert High School by the end of the school Wednesday because they haven’t received the full immunization for measles.?

Officials said they’re making the move to take every precaution to ensure student and staff safety.

Parents of these students received a call from the district nursing staff and a letter from the Riverside County Health Department.

“They are going to be asked to stay home until the incubation period for contagion is complete,” said DSUSD spokesperson Mary Perry.

“I think it’s just a safety precaution for the kids just in case they do get it. It’s a good way to make sure kids don’t get hurt or sick, said 10th grader Karsyn Punt.

Students will be cleared to return to school on February 9 or with confirmation of immunization or proof of resistance as determined by a Titer test, officials said in the release. Clearance to return to school will be determined by the Riverside County Public Heath Department.

“I do think it’s important because they need to stay safe and healthy,” said ninth-grader Monique Burke.

Currently there is a single possible occurrence of the measles in Desert Sands Unified School District at Palm Desert High School. The student in question has been medically cleared to return to school as the time frame of being contagious has passed.

DSUSD said it’ll assist students in every way possible to continue their class work.

“Stay on track and stay healthy. Keep up with homework and grades. You should be fine,” said Punt.

The confirmation of this being a case of measles is still pending with the Riverside County Public Health Department. Parents are advised to be aware of symptoms such as fever or rash and to call their family doctor if they see them.

If you have questions about the measles or Riverside County’s policy of immunization, call the Riverside County Health Department at 951-358-5107.

News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 will have more information as soon as DSUSD officials release additional details on the situation, should they arise.

KESQ News Team

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