VIDEO: Dublin elementary school student dies of unknown illness

DUBLIN (KRON) — A Dublin elementary school student has died of an unknown illness.

The student went to Kolb Elementary School.

Health officials do not believe that other people at the school were exposed to whatever disease killed the child.

The Dublin Unified School District released the following statement:

Dear DUSD Community,

It is with a very heavy heart that we share that the Dublin Unified School District has been informed by the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) of the death of a school-aged child in our Kolb community. We are deeply saddened by this tragic news, and we extend our deepest sympathy to the child’s family and loved ones, as well as the entire Kolb Elementary school community. 

The safety of all our students and staff is our number one priority. Out of an abundance of caution, we have been in close contact with the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and they have provided a statement which we have included here.

The child has not been publicly identified at this time. Out of respect for the child’s family, we will defer to the ACPHD for any further information. 

Starting on Tuesday morning, we will have available to staff and students a group of counselors from HUME Center and from other DUSD sites. The counselors will be available all week to help support our school community through this very difficult time. If you know of any staff or family that is seeking assistance, please feel free to direct them to your school site to talk with one of our counselors or school staff. As always, if you have any health concerns, please contact your medical providers for assistance and guidance.

Again, our sincere condolences to the family and the Kolb community.

The Alameda County Public Health Department’s statement on the death:

We extend our sincere condolences to the family and to Kolb Elementary School and the Dublin Unified School District community on this very sad loss.

ACPHD was initially notified on January 8, 2018 of a reportable disease by the health care provider. We determined that the patient did not have a disease or condition that posed a health risk to Kolb students/staff, or any other members of the community.

HIPAA, a federal law, protects the privacy of all medical records. Therefore, ACPHD does not share medical details related to a person’s illness unless there is a risk of illness to others.

When public health actions are required to protect the community, Public Health staff outlines them immediately and notifies the appropriate parties. In this case the health department is not recommending any preventive actions (such as screening or treatment) for the school staff, students, or members of the community.
As always, we advise families to seek prompt medical care for a child who has symptoms of a potentially severe illness such as a fever, headache, rash, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty eating or drinking, weakness, muscle pain, cough, difficulty breathing, or confusion.

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