Pertussis case at Dallas schools

DALLAS — Polk County Public Health identified two cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, one at Whitworth Elementary School and another at Oakdale Heights Elementary School on Thursday.

Letters warning parents were sent home with students and posted on the Dallas School District’s website and Facebook page Thursday afternoon.

Pertussis is a highly contagious and potentially serious bacterial infection spread by coughing and sneezing. The illness begins with relatively mild cold-like symptoms turning into a severe cough, which can cause gagging or vomiting, within a few weeks.

The letter can be found at:!pertussis-whooping-cough/c1uue.

For more information about symptoms, treatment and prevention, call your doctor, Polk County Public Health, 503-623-8175 or the Dallas School District nurse, 503-623-8351.

Exam fees waived for low-income

SALEM — Low-income students will pay nothing for their advanced placement and international baccalaureate tests and IB registration.

Other public school students taking AP or IB exams will have their test fees reduced.

Oregon Department of Education communications director Crystal Greene said this is because of more money available from the Oregon Legislature and from the U.S. Department of Education Advanced Placement Test Fee Program.

For more information:

Capitol to provide free sealants

DALLAS — Next week, starting Monday, Capitol Dental will provide free dental sealants to Lyle Elementary School students with permission slips.

Some, but not all, students will have permission slips sent home with them. If your child does not have a slip, call the school office at 503-623-8367 or email

For more information: 503-623-8367.

MVCA zucchini car races Friday

MONMOUTH — Mid-Valley Christian Academy will host its legendary zucchini car races at 2:20 p.m. on Friday at the school, 1483 N. 16th St., Monmouth.

Students have been working hard to specialize their zucchini racers to compete in prize-winning categories.

For more information: or 503-838-2818.

Central High band to host rummage sale

INDEPENDENCE — Central High School’s band will host a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the school’s cafeteria.

Donations are being accepted in the band room. Larger items may be picked up on Friday evening. Donations are tax deductible. All proceeds from the sale will pay for a music education tour of New Orleans for CHS band students. For more information: Lisa Wittbrodt at Lwittbrodt-1@, or Ed Propst at epropst@central.

After-school program to begin Monday

INDEPENDENCE — PAC after-school program will begin on Monday at Central High School. The program runs Monday through Thursday from the last bell until 5:50 p.m.

The program provides a semi-structured study environment with available tutoring as well as computers and other supplies students may need to complete their work.

The program is free, but registration is required.

Registration forms may be found in the CHS office, library or room 132.

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