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Buffalo teacher concerns about Ebola

Update: Buffalo Public School administrators earlier this week posted a letter to parents on the district's website regarding precautions for illness, including the Ebola virus, and have been distributing that information to families throughout the week.

The letter, from Associate Superintendent for Support Services Will Keresztes and District Medical Director Steven J. Lana, included a flyer from the Centers for Disease Control with specific information about Ebola, as well as general precautions for preventing the spread of all illness.

See the information on the district's website here: Buffalo Public Schools memo regarding Ebola and other illness.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation has sent Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie a memo asking what they should do in case a student or student's family members comes down with the Ebola virus.

"Teachers have advised us that they, as well as parents who have approached them, would like to have more information regarding the protocol  relative to the Ebola virus as it relates to our students and staff," stated BTF President Phil Rumore.

Rumore added that students are entering some schools daily without health or vaccination records, creating a concern for teachers.

"While we know that the chances of such an outbreak are remote," he said, "it would be helpful to provide parents, teachers and staff with information and the protocols that are in effect."

The memo, sent Friday, was copied to Erie County Health Commissioner Gail R. Burstein.

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