District Wide Broadcast Message

Parent Notification - March 16, 2017
From:  Nichole Quick, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Yuba County

This letter is to inform you that cases of whooping cough (Pertussis) are increasing in Yuba County.  Pertussis outbreaks are cyclical; they occur every 3-5 years.  Whooping cough outbreaks are difficult to contain because the infection often looks like a cold when it starts before it progresses to coughing fits.  Also, people with whooping cough are contagious from the start of their symptoms until three weeks of cough or until they have been treated with an appropriate antibiotic for 5 days.  After exposure, symptoms usually appear 7-10 days later but up to 21 days later.

People with whooping cough may have coughing spells in which they can't catch their breath between coughs.  As they catch their breath at the end of a coughing spell, they may loudly gasp ("whoop") and vomit or feel like they are choking.  Young babies with whooping cough may not have a cough but may have trouble breathing and gag, gasp, turn color or vomit.  There is usually no fever with whooping cough.  Whooping cough is very contagious.  The vaccine can help protect against whooping cough but is not 100% effective and immunity from the vaccine lessens over time.  Many teens and adults have not received the recommended Tdap booster for whooping cough.  Unvaccinated and under-vaccinated people are at higher risk for the infection and for more severe infection.  To protect your health and the health of our community, please check your and your child's immunization status and get any needed vaccinations or boosters.  It is recommended that women receive a whooping cough booster with each pregnancy.
Antibiotics can prevent the spread of whooping cough and are recommended for those with whooping cough and should be considered for household contacts and for some contacts who are at high risk of becoming very sick or take care of those at  high risk for getting sick:  Those at high risk are babies and infants less than a year of age, pregnant women (particularly in the third trimester), and those with weakened immune systems.  Babies should be kept away from people with a cough if at all possible and babies with any trouble breathing or a coughing illness should be checked by a doctor right away.
If a child has symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis), it is recommended that he/she not go to school until evaluated by a healthcare professional.  If pertussis is suspected and the cough has been for less than 3 weeks, the child should be excluded from school and activities until a lab test has ruled out pertussis, or until 5 days of antibiotics are completed, or until 21 days from cough onset if there is no testing or treatment.  Pertussis is infectious to others during the first 3 weeks of cough.  Treatment and school exclusion are not recommended after that time although the cough may persist for much longer.
The Yuba County Public Health Department will continue to investigate the spread of whooping cough and work closely with the schools.  More information on whooping cough is available on the California Department of Public Health website at:  http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Pertussis.aspx 
For a Question and Answer sheet regarding Whooping Cough and vaccination:  http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/faqs.html 

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Our goal is to provide a meaningful and valuable educational experience for your son or daughter. Making the curriculum challenging and rigorous, coupled with high expectations for our students, is the objective on providing the best educational experience possible for Wheatland Union High School students.

We offer a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses. We also offer a variety of elective classes with certification programs in welding, culinary arts and floral design. The district is currently in the process of developing career paths for agriculture and STEM. Our technology coordinator is continuously updating our technological capabilities for students and staff, as well as providing ongoing support services.

The staff at Wheatland Union High School solicits the support of parents and community members to contribute to the greatest gifts we are able to give our students: a solid academic foundation, life skills for productive citizenship, and an appreciation for lifelong learning. Wheatland Union High School's tradition of excellence depends upon parents, students, and staff working together in a unified, focused effort.

Vic Ramos

Have Questions?

For Parents

How do I register my child for school?
You may register your child for the current school year at any time. Register at the school's Main Office as soon as residence within the district can be proved. Please visit our Registration page for forms and registration requirements.
When should I keep my sick student home from school?
Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home. Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever or have stopped taking medication for fever or flu symptoms.
What are the Common Core State Standards?
Since 2010, a number of states have adopted the same standards for English and math, called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Read more at the California Department of Education website.

For Students

What is on the lunch menu?
The District Food Services department provides complete, nutritious and pleasing breakfast and lunch meals to all students who want to participate. Every meal will meet the USDA requirements for nutrition. Click here for menus.
When do I get a report card?
WUHS operates on a two-semester system. Each student receives four report cards per semester. All mid-semester report cards are mailed the week following the end of a nine-week period.
What are the bus schedules?
Click links for the morning run and afternoon run schedules.
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