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6/12/2013 4:46:00 PM
Ninety Six School District to pay for student & staff TB testing

The Superintendent of Ninety Six School District Mark Petersen announced today that the district will cover the testing cost of any student and staff member who wishes to be tested for TB.

“It has come to my attention that some students and staff members who believe that they could have been exposed to tuberculosis at Ninety Six Primary School have not been able to be tested by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. In an effort to ensure that all of our students and staff members who wish to be tested are able to access the proper testing, the District has contracted with Accurate Diagnostics to provide TB skin tests, free of charge. While the District is unable to facilitate and/or pay for any recommended follow-up testing and treatment, I believe that this initial testing will help alleviate some of our community’s concerns”.

District students and staff members who wish to be tested by Accurate Diagnostics should go to the District Office, located at 605 Johnston Road, Ninety Six, SC 29666 and pick up a form that will authorize them to receive testing from Accurate Diagnostics. After receiving a signed form, those individuals must take the form along with a picture ID to Accurate Diagnostics, located at 125 Capital Street in Greenwood to receive the TB skin testing. Accurate Diagnostics will be responsible for administering and reading the tests and for advising individuals of the results of those tests.

The District has also contracted with Ecolabs to sanitize all of the schools in the District and the District Office. “While we have not been instructed by DHEC that our facilities need to be disinfected, I believe that decontaminating the buildings is another important step our District should take to ensure that our students and staff return in the fall to a clean and healthy environment” adds Petersen.

“It is my hope that providing TB testing to all interested students and staff members and sanitizing our buildings will bring a much-needed peace of mind to our community and assure everyone that we are taking every reasonable step to protect our District family”.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: Ashley Smith

Barbara,
There are no "lingering germs" from TB in the school. It won't require that much disinfecting. The TB virus doesn't live that long outside the body. I wouldn't worry that much about it. I would worry about staying away from the people infected.


Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Barbara Gates

I would like to know how much it is going to cost of Ecolabs to clean all of those buildings?What fund will it come out of? Teaching supplies, or administrative funds?
Are there people working in them right Now? If so, why? Are they not important and should they not be protected until the schools are disinfected? If you really think the buildings need to be cleaned, why risk other people getting sick or is the ecolab thing just a action that was taken to try to look good? I would not want to have to send my children or grandchildren to 96 this fall.




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