Students sent home after chicken pox outbreak

Unvaccinated Peninsula School students were told to stay home recently after an outbreak of chicken pox.

GOULDSBORO — An undisclosed number of Peninsula School students not immunized against chicken pox were ordered home last week following an outbreak of the illness at school.

Regional School Unit 24 Superintendent Suzanne Lukas said there were three confirmed cases of chicken pox but declined to say how many children were sent home for fear of identifying them.

“It was just a handful, not many,” she said, adding that the school was working with parents so that the children could continue their studies at home.

“Basically it’s for their own safety,” Lukas said of the children, who were told to stay home for 16 days, the incubation period for chicken pox.

Lukas said state law stipulates that children who were not vaccinated for certain illnesses stay home during the incubation period, which is set by the Maine Center for Disease Control.

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Jacqueline Weaver

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