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Confirmed Case of Whooping Cough at our School
Dear Parents and Guardians,

We were notified tonight (December 5) by the Illinois Department of Public Health that one of our students has been diagnosed with pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough.

We understand this news is alarming and want to assure you we are taking immediate action to provide a safe learning environment for students. A team of employees has immediately begun the process of deep cleaning the entire building with disinfectant in hopes of preventing the spread of whooping cough.

However, we recognize some parents may still not feel comfortable sending their child to school tomorrow and have decided that students will be excused from school.

At this time, we are only aware of one student with the diagnosis. As many of you know, whooping cough is highly contagious and we cannot be 100 percent sure other students haven’t been exposed. I assure you if we learn of any more cases we will continue to update the community.

We also want to share with you some information about whooping cough from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The disease is spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms usually appear five-to 10-days after exposure, but can take as long as 21 days. The first symptoms are similar to those of a common cold - a runny nose, sneezing, low-grade fever and a mild, occasional cough. The cough gradually becomes severe and, after one to two weeks, the patient has spasmodic bursts of numerous, rapid coughs. The characteristic high-pitched "whoop," which is more common in children, comes from breathing in after a coughing episode.

More information about Whooping Cough

I have included a link on the school website ( with more information about pertussis. If your child has any of these symptoms, we encourage you to see your doctor and seek treatment.

Thank you for your support.


Mike Denault
Summersville SD #79
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Dental Safari
Dental Safari will be at Summersville School next Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. If you are interested in signing your child up for a free exam, cleaning and fluoride treatment, please fill out and return the form that is being sent home this week. It is a State Law that all students entering Kindergarten, Second, and Sixth grades and all students entering an Illinois school for the first time have a current dental exam on file. If you have any questions, please call 244-8079.

Welcome to Summersville Grade School
Summersville Grade School is a K-8 public school located in Southern Illinois in the east side of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, approximately half-way between St. Louis, Missouri and Evansville, Indiana at the intersection of Interstate 57 and Interstate 64. Summersville has attained a reputation as a school with high academic standards as
well as a wide variety of quality extra-curricular activities.

At the beginning of the 2002 school year, Summersville opened two new additions which included ten new classrooms and a new activities center. In addition, major changes and renovations were made throughout the existing structure which brings Summersville up to totally complete and functional physical facilities to accommodate today’s educational needs.

Summersville has developed a Primary Emphasis Program over the past several years which has a goal of having all students at grade level by the end of the third grade. This program has achieved great success and has become a model program for other schools in the state. The upper grades (4 through 8) are departmentalized,
​ incorporating subject area specialists in the major subject areas.

An outstanding and dedicated administration, faculty, and staff provides high quality instruction and leadership to our citizens of tomorrow. We welcome questions concerning Summersville School and welcome a visit from you when you are in the area.

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