SHARPSVILLE, Pa. (WYTV) — Sharpsville Area Schools will reopen Tuesday after a scare with the mumps.
Monday’s closure was precautionary after a student with a suspected case of the mumps came into contact with other students over the holiday break. Tests to confirm that case will be back Wednesday.
Sharpsville Superintendent Dr. Brad Ferko said the district’s first priority was keeping everyone safe and said parents have nothing to worry about.
“If you did not have direct contact with the student, then you can’t get it through a second or third person, so we are very comfortable with having school tomorrow,” Ferko said.
The district has spent the past couple of days getting in touch with students’ families and trying to find out who is vaccinated and who is not.
“Those parents of the kids that are not vaccinated that had direct contact we have already contacted. Those that did not have direct contact, that kind of incubation period is over. There is no true concerns either,” Ferko said.
Residents in Sharpsville were not overly concerned about the disease.
“You know what, I am not afraid of them,” resident Kim Schnarrenberger said.
“For the majority, I don’t think so. I think most people think the school exercised caution, which is great,” parent Marcy Edwards said.
And the district is hoping that caution will put parents’ minds at ease.
“Sharpsville Area School District would never put any of our students, faculty or staff at risk. School opens tomorrow and we are excited for that because we have missed them,” Ferko said.