Chicken Pox May Affect MAP Test
The Missouri School for the Deaf has had 11 cases of chicken pox in the past three weeks.
"With a young child, their mood and their ability to work and concentrate, sometimes they get fussy before they get sick and we just attribute that to testing," explained Mary Ann Herring, elementary supervisor. "We don't realize that they are getting sick if they don't have that spike in fever or the rash or itching. So yes, absolutely, it will affect our MAP test scores."
Nine out of 29 elementary students and two high school students have the virus. Since the first case three weeks ago, school officials have been disinfecting high-contact areas such as drinking fountains. And teachers are watching for any students with symptoms such as a runny nose, fever, cough or a spreading rash.
"Chicken pox is a pretty standard childhood illness," said Christy Thompson, of the Callaway County Health Department, "and it's not uncommon that schools throughout the region, the state, get chicken pox in their schools. But I think each one is in its own timing, so I don't think the Missouri School for the Deaf has had quite this many cases in a long time."
The school has contacted students' parents and will continue to do so until the school controls the outbreak. Administrators don't plan to cancel any events and will hold its Renaissance Fair on Thursday, as scheduled.