TB screenings possible at McCallum High School

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students and staff at McCallum High School received notification on Tuesday that a person at the school possibly has tuberculosis, according to Alex Sanchez, a spokesperson for Austin Independent School District.

While the district can’t say whether the patient is a student or a staff member, the patient has stayed away from the school since becoming aware of their possible illness.

The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (HHSD) is currently monitoring the patient to determine when he or she would be allowed back to the school.

Letters were sent home to parents regarding the scare on Tuesday afternoon. According to Sanchez, there will be a parent and staff meeting with representatives from HHSD, but a date has not been set.

According to the HHSD, if screenings are needed on any McCallum High staff and students, the testing could be done at the school. People will be notified by HHSD if they decide to do the testing.

Parents and teachers who have any concerns should call HHSD at 512-972-5460.

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