Aug 29, 2013 6:13 PM
The superintendent of the Gateway Unified School District confirmed today a seventh grader has died after being sent home sick from Shasta Lake School.
According to Superintendent Jim Harrell, the young girl died today after going home on Tuesday.
She was not at school yesterday and Harrell says she is believed to have died this morning of meningococcal disease.
The school sent letters home to parents today notifying them of the death. There was also information in the letter on the disease, what signs parents can look for, and how the disease is spread.
Harrell says the district is taking every precaution and he want parents to know the children at the school are safe.
The district has also posted information on the Shasta Lake School's website. The school will be open tomorrow.
The deceased student had no other siblings at the school.
Harrell told Action News Now it has been a difficult time for the faculty and staff at the school. The district further extended its condolences to the family.
This is the second bacterial infection of the blood in which a student has died at the same school.
In May, a second grade student at the school died of bacterial meningitis.