Sharpsville schools cancels classes due to possible mumps outbreak

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. (WYTV) — One local school district is closed for the beginning of next week because of the possibility of the mumps.

Sharpsville Area Schools cancelled all classes and athletic events Monday. The superintendent, Dr. Brad Ferko, said he is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control about how to proceed.

A conference call is planned for Monday, and the district said it will follow the advice of CDC officials.

The decision to close the schools was precautionary.

“The bottom line that we want parents to know is that the district is taking every precaution to make sure that all of our students, our staff, and our community is safe. This precaution involves the closing of school tomorrow, calling the CDC on Monday to discuss a precautionary plan, and then we will let parents know what is going to happen via our one call system on Monday night,” said Ferko.

Ferko said the individual with the suspected case came in contact with multiple people over the holiday break, so a quarantine on only a few people was not possible.

The results of tests confirming or dismissing the disease are expected Wednesday.

Creative Preschool and Daycare will also be closed for the same reason.

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