Ebola scare keeps kids out of Suffolk school
Some worried parents kept their children home from a Suffolk elementary school Friday due to concerns about Ebola.
The superintendent of Connetquot schools left a message for parents of John Pearl Elementary School students informing them that two relatives of a student had returned home Thursday from one of the West African nations stricken with Ebola.
The school district told News 12 that attendance was down more than normal. Some parents who kept their children home say they will continue to do so until they get more information from the district.
In a statement to News 12, the superintendent says, "The parents of the John Pearl Elementary School student, whose relatives returned from one of the countries impacted by Ebola, have decided to keep their child out of school for 21 days. This child has had absolutely no symptoms of Ebola nor do the relatives."
The school district also told News 12 that the family members in question are not enrolled in the school.
Commissioner of Suffolk County Department of Health Services James Tomarken said in a statement that the two relatives were evaluated by CDC personnel at John F. Kennedy International Airport at the time of their arrival and displayed no symptoms. He also says that there are no current reports of any individual in Suffolk County who has shown any symptoms of Ebola.