Why is this notification on Navarro I.S.D.’s web site?
Senate Bill (SB) 31 was recently signed into law by Governor Perry, and the bill requires a school district to provide information relating to bacterial meningitis to its students and their parents each school year.The legislation instructs the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to prescribe the form and content of the information and the procedures for notifying students and parents.The following information is this year’s prescribed TEA information on bacterial meningitis. As Navarro I.S.D. receives more information from TEA, you may check this page for updates.
What is Meningitis?
- Strep pneumoniae causes pneumococcal meningitis; there are over 80 subtypes that cause illness
- Neisseria meningitidis – meningococcal; there are 5 subtypes that cause serious illness—A,B,C,Y,W-135.
What are the symptoms?
Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms.
- Severe headache
- High temperature
- Sensitivity to bright lights
- Neck stiffness, joint pains
**In both children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots or bruises caused by bleeding under the skin. These can occur anywhere on the body. They are a sign of blood poisoning (septicemia), which sometimes happens with meningitis, particularly the meningococcal strain.
How serious is Bacterial Meningitis?
Office of Origination: Navarro I.S.D. Administrative Offices
Dee Carter, Superintendent