CMS Issues Message To Parents After More Students Fall Ill At McClintock Middle School

UPDATE: CMS has sent the following message to parents after more students fell ill at McClintock Middle School Friday.

“Good afternoon McClintock families. This is Mark McHugh with a follow-up message about our student illnesses and precautionary measures we are taking at our school.

As you may be aware, we have had a number of students over the past two days to become ill with virus-like symptoms, including nausea, dizziness and light-headedness, and low-grade fever.  Twenty-three (23) students and one adult were checked by our team’s nursing supervisor and medic crews today.  At this time, we do not know the cause of the illness. While on campus, fire department crews checked carbon monoxide levels and found everything to be normal. Our school is also seeking guidance and monitoring from the Mecklenburg County Health Department’s Communicable Disease and Environmental Health Divisions.

On Thursday, our school’s HVAC system was being repaired and not functioning properly to cool the 6th-grade wing of the building. Many of our student illnesses appeared to have been heat related at that time.  CMS Building Services completed the HVAC repair by Thursday afternoon.  As a proactive measure, building services also thoroughly cleaned the 6th-grade section of the building last night; additional cleaning efforts will continue this weekend.

Parents of students who were ill were contacted and children were dismissed into the care of parents or guardians. All other dismissals were as scheduled this afternoon and afternoon activities will take place.

We will keep you updated if we receive any new information during the weekend. If your child has symptoms of fever, dizziness or nausea, please contact your health-care provider.  As always, if your child has fever or vomiting, please keep them home until 24 hours symptom-free.

If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for your support of McClintock.”

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UPDATE: More students experienced nausea and vomiting while attending McClintock Middle School.  On Thursday, a dozen students were treated for illness.

Friday, MEDIC was called to the school as eight more student were having the same symptoms.  The principal said a cause for the illness has not been determined at this time.

The school is asking parents to not come to the school to pick up their child unless they have been contacted by school officials.

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Officials are trying to determine exactly what may have caused a dozen students to fall ill at McClintock Middle School Thursday afternoon.

According to CMS, a dozen students were treated by Charlotte Fire and Medic crews after they reported feeling dizzy and lightheaded. One student fainted, officials say, and 2 were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

At this time, officials believe the illnesses to be heat related due to the warmer temperatures. CMS says crews will continue to check the facilities throughout the evening.

All after school activities will continue as normal, school officials say.