The San Diego County Public Health and Human Services Agency notified the TPHS administration on Jan. 10 that a student had tested positive for pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough.
In accordance with policies from the county, Coppo emailed staff and parents.
According to the county, the disease spreads through the air and can be life-threatening for infants and young children. Coppo’s email said any pregnant staff or students should contact their “OB-GYN provider immediately.”
The letter notifying Coppo from the county to the school stresses the disease is “highly contagious” and that no “vaccine is 100 percent protective.”
“We hope that [students] take care of themselves so that we can avoid situations like this,” Coppo said.